Top 48 Big Lebowski Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Big Lebowski facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Big Lebowski film message.

In the Big Lebowski (1998), The Dude empties his pockets for tipping change as Walter rants, and a little joint comes out that He puts back in. Thought this was small but in line with what Dude really would have on hand.

The camera cuts directly to Smokey after he finishes his turn showing that he was never over the line.
The camera cuts directly to Smokey after he finishes his turn showing that he was never over the line.

Big Lebowski Trivia

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  1. Franz's girlfriend orders "pfannkuchen" - which is German for "pancakes" and very similar to Bunny Lebowski's birth name "Fawn Knutsen".

Big Lebowski Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Donnie wears bowling shirts with other people's name embroidered on them.

  • The picture of Bunny's home that the PI shows The Dude is the real life home of the Clutter murder victims (the case covered in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood)

  • 1 - Walter is star struck when he finds out that Larry's father is Arthur Digby Sellers, a writer for the tv series Branded. When the dude gets arrested after being drugged by Jackie Treehorn, he drunkenly sings the theme song to Branded while in the back of the police car.
    Walter is star struck when he finds out that Larry's father is Arthur Digby Sellers, a writer for the tv series Branded. When the dude gets arrested after being drugged by Jackie Treehorn, he drunkenly sings the theme song to Branded while in the back of the police car.
  • Mr. Lebowski appears to be sitting with Jeffrey Epstein in a photo on his wall of trophies.

Big Lebowski Hidden Details

1 - : "My ... my wi- my wife, Bunny? Do you see a wedding ring on my finger? Does this place look like I'm fucking married? The toilet seat's up, man!" Jeffrey is SO clueless about marriage that when he protests he's holding up his (right) wrong hand.
: "My ... my wi- my wife, Bunny? Do you see a wedding ring on my finger? Does this place look like I'm fucking married? The toilet seat's up, man!" Jeffrey is SO clueless about marriage that when he protests he's holding up his (right) wrong hand.
1 - The Dude is so broke that he had to post-date a sixtynine check. While he's writing the check, he's watching the press conference given by President George H. W. Bush on August 5, 1990. The Dude's check is dated September 11, 1991.
The Dude is so broke that he had to post-date a sixtynine check. While he's writing the check, he's watching the press conference given by President George H. W. Bush on August 5, 1990. The Dude's check is dated September 11, 1991.
1 - The Dude adds a black armband to his bowling shirt after his teammate Donnie dies from a heart attack several scenes earlier.
The Dude adds a black armband to his bowling shirt after his teammate Donnie dies from a heart attack several scenes earlier.

The last time Donny bowls, he is surprised he does not to get a strike. He sits and feels his bowling arm. Sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arm is a telltale sign of an impending heart attack.

1 - Not only is the toilet paper holder empty, but the roll on top of the toilet is halfway used up... "a lazy man, [...] quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles county" indeed.
Not only is the toilet paper holder empty, but the roll on top of the toilet is halfway used up... "a lazy man, [...] quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles county" indeed.

Walter Sobchak's dog tag necklace has a wedding band. This is another display of how he is clinging on to his ex-wife other than dog sitting the Pomeranian and staying faithful to Judaism.

1 - Jeff Bridges has worn the same t-shirt in The Big Lebowski (1998), The Fisher King (1991), and Cold Feet (1989). Depicted on this shirt is baseball player Kaoru Betto. Betto played in the NPB for 10 seasons and was one of the first great Japanese power hitters.
Jeff Bridges has worn the same t-shirt in The Big Lebowski (1998), The Fisher King (1991), and Cold Feet (1989). Depicted on this shirt is baseball player Kaoru Betto. Betto played in the NPB for 10 seasons and was one of the first great Japanese power hitters.
1 - Jesus, the Dude's bowling nemesis, has the intro song "Hotel California" performed by Gypsy Kings which was originally performed by The Eagles, the band the Dude hates.
Jesus, the Dude's bowling nemesis, has the intro song "Hotel California" performed by Gypsy Kings which was originally performed by The Eagles, the band the Dude hates.
1 - Jeff Bridges would ask The Big Lebowski directors if The Dude had 'burned one' before the scene took place. If they said he had, he would rub his eyes to help appear more stoned
Jeff Bridges would ask The Big Lebowski directors if The Dude had 'burned one' before the scene took place. If they said he had, he would rub his eyes to help appear more stoned

The Dude says "This agression will not stand, Man!" to Mr. Lebowski. He sees George H. W. Bush say this on TV, at the very beginning of the film, when he's writing the cheque for his milk.

- Phillip Seymour Hoffman flubs a line and it was left in the final cut: "...necessary means for a necessary means for a higher education."

1 - When The Jesus had to go door to door to tell everyone he was a pederast, he had a subtle but noticeable bulge in his pants.
When The Jesus had to go door to door to tell everyone he was a pederast, he had a subtle but noticeable bulge in his pants.
1 - ' Da Fino's car drives by the restaurant where Walter and The Dude are enjoying their coffee.
' Da Fino's car drives by the restaurant where Walter and The Dude are enjoying their coffee.
1 - The Dude's first dream features Maude as the woman bowling in the bowling alley. This is before they even meet in the film.
The Dude's first dream features Maude as the woman bowling in the bowling alley. This is before they even meet in the film.
1 - John Turturro aka The Jesus doesn't remember his bowling partner's name and has to read it off his shirt.
John Turturro aka The Jesus doesn't remember his bowling partner's name and has to read it off his shirt.
1 - The nihilists are also members of the fictional band Autobahn. One of the nihilists is Flea, the bassist from real band The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The nihilists are also members of the fictional band Autobahn. One of the nihilists is Flea, the bassist from real band The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

" when the nihilists break into The Dude's apartment and threaten to "cut off his Johnson," Donny is shown later wearing a bowling shirt that says Johnson on it; moments before his death.

1 - Treehorn's goon says, "You see what happens, Lebowski?" when the Dude doesn't have the money they're after. This parallels Walter, yelling "You see what happens, Larry?" to a teen, looking for the same money. Both are wrong in whose property (rug & car) they are damaging.
Treehorn's goon says, "You see what happens, Lebowski?" when the Dude doesn't have the money they're after. This parallels Walter, yelling "You see what happens, Larry?" to a teen, looking for the same money. Both are wrong in whose property (rug & car) they are damaging.
1 - The licence plate of Bunny's car is LAPIN which is french for 'rabbit' e.g Bunny
The licence plate of Bunny's car is LAPIN which is french for 'rabbit' e.g Bunny

Bunny's license plate is "Lapin", which is French for Rabbit

Jackie Treehorn's goons have 2 scenes. In the second, they're wearing each other's costumes from their first.

After getting fed up with Walter, The Dude pays for his food with change from his pocket, but accidently drops a joint on the table, quickly hides it, and leaves.

The Dude hates the fucking Eagles. Why? Because they're the band that plays Hotel California which is Jesus's introductory song.

1 - The dude wears the same outfit as the "technician" from LogJammin'
The dude wears the same outfit as the "technician" from LogJammin'

The introduction of Jesus Quintana is set to the Gypsy King's cover of Hotel California. The Dude hates the fucking Eagles, and so we as the audience are meant to dislike Jesus, even before we hear his story.

- Before the hand-off, The Dude picks up Walter at his place of business - "Sobchak Security: Strength, Security, Peace of Mind."

After passionately defending his religious beliefs about not bowling on Shabbos (Saturday), Walter Sobchak casually goes to bowl on Shabbos.

We never see Walter actually roll a bowling ball.

1 - Whenever the Dude tries to get high, something bad always happens to him immediately after.
Whenever the Dude tries to get high, something bad always happens to him immediately after.

Instead of paying the kidnappers Walter throws them a "ringer" a suitcase full of all his dirty undies, then does a commando roll out of the car. Walter went commando commando.

1 - Credited as "Dudes Landlord" and referred to as "Marty" by The Dude himself. The full name of Jack Kehler's character in The Big Lebowski (1998) can be seen on the program for his performance as "Martin Randahl"
Credited as "Dudes Landlord" and referred to as "Marty" by The Dude himself. The full name of Jack Kehler's character in The Big Lebowski (1998) can be seen on the program for his performance as "Martin Randahl"

The Dude thinks a new Corvette costs a million dollars indicating how out of touch he is with modern times and basic finance.

1 - When the Dude puts his toilet seat down after receiving the swirly there is a distinct clean area meaning that he's so lazy he doesn't even put the seat down to use the restroom.
When the Dude puts his toilet seat down after receiving the swirly there is a distinct clean area meaning that he's so lazy he doesn't even put the seat down to use the restroom.

Walter thinks Cynthia's dog is pomeranian when it's clearly a Yorkshire Terrier.

Every time we see Donny bowl, he gets a strike, except for the last time, when he misses one pin, then sits down and shakes his hand because he's about to have a heart attack.

Big Lebowski poster
Big Lebowski poster

Big Lebowski Plot

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Big Lebowski. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Comedy, Crime, Sport
Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
IMDB score 8.1