Of all the events that we do at the Alamo Drafthouse, our BIG LEBOWSKI Quote-Along always gets some of the biggest response. The film, which was actually a box-office bomb upon its initial release, has found a dedicated group of fans who’ll jump at any chance to see the movie on the big screen. Far be it from us to get in their way.
That’s why we’re bringing back our BIG LEBOWSKI Quote-Along for two encore screenings. From props to a pre-show bowling competition, we’ll make sure you have a night to remember. Please, though, leave the marmots at home.
To celebrate September’s two screenings of THE BIG LEBWOSKI, here are ten things about the movie you may not have known.
Steve Buscemi has died in three out of the five Coen Brothers films he’s appeared in. With each successive death, his character’s remains get smaller and smaller. By this rate, his next appearance in a Coen Brothers film will end with him being atomized.
The film features a number of cameos and small appearances from musicians and actors who would later go on to star in bigger roles. Aimee Mann and Flea are both members of the German group of nihilists — along with the always-entertaining Peter Stormare. In addition, keep an eye out for Mark Pellegrino a.k.a. Jacob from LOST. The fact that he looks exactly the same as he does today lends credence to the idea that he really is an immortal.
When The Dude is writing his check for 69 cents at the beginning of the film, he dates it September 11, 1991 — ten years before the 9/11 attacks. In the background of the scene, a television monitor shows George H.W. Bush exposing the evils of Saddam Hussein. Somebody call the LOOSE CHANGE guys!
The photo of Bunny Lebowski’s farm that the “Brother Shamus” shows The Dude is actually from Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.’ LEBOWSKI co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman would play Capote in the 2005 film CAPOTE. The film also featured Mark Pellegrino (Jacob, again) as Dick Hickock, one of the murderers at the center of the "In Cold Blood"'s story.
In an early draft of the film’s script, it was revealed that the reason The Dude is able to live so comfortably without actually working is due to the fact that he is the heir to the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.
Before filming any scene, Jeff Bridges would ask the directors if the Dude had “burned one” on the way over. If they replied in the affirmative, he would rub his knuckles into his eyes before doing the take.
The Dude is actually based on a real-life friend of the Coen Brothers named Jeff Dowd, a film producer who is responsible for such movies as FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST and ZEBRAHEAD. He is also responsible for helping to kick-start the Coen Brother's film career.
The Dude’s car is a 4-door 1973 Ford Torino. Two versions of this car were used during the making of the movie. One was destroyed during the course of production and the other met its maker during a season eight episode of THE X-FILES.
The Dude says the word “Man” 147 times in the movie — nearly 1.5 times a minute. The F-word or a variation of it is used 292 times. The word “Dude” is used 141.