The Big Lebowski

Character: Maude Lebowski
Directed by: Joel Coen
Written by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Produced by: Ethan Coen
Other cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro
Release date: March 6, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Running time: 1h 57min

Jeff `The Dude' Leboswki is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, who is The Big Lebowski. Which explains why he's roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak, a Vietnam vet, and Donny, master of stupidity.

Taglines

→ They figured he was a lazy, time-wasting slacker. They were right.
→ Her life was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail.
→ Times like these call for a Big Lebowski.
→ It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated… and they’d really rather be bowling.
→ Lebowski: Not a man, a way of life

Trivia

⋄ According to Julianne Moore, the character of Maude was based on artist Carolee Schneemann “who worked naked from a swing”, and on Yoko Ono.

Character’s Quotes

• In a sense, yes. My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.
• It’s a male myth about feminists that we hate sex. It can be a natural, zesty enterprise. But unfortunately there are some people – it is called satyriasis in men, nymphomania in women – who engage in it compulsively and without joy. Yes, Mr. Lebowski, these unfortunate souls cannot love in the true sense of the word.
• My father and I don’t get along, he doesn’t approve of my lifestyle and, needless to say, I don’t approve of his. Still, I hardly wish to make my father’s embezzlement a police matter, so I’m proposing that you try to recover the money from the people you delivered it to.
• Let me tell you something. The whole thing stinks to high heaven.