Top 42 The Big Lebowski Movie Details

While searching the internet for The Big Lebowski movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

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.

The Dude insults someone calling them a "human paraquat". Paraquat is a pesticide used to kill marijuana plants, and The Dude loves his weed

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".

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, 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.

Hidden Details

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.
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'

- 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.

1 - Donny is constantly told by his friend Walter that "you're out of your element"...
Donny is constantly told by his friend Walter that "you're out of your element"...

The Dude says he hates The Eagles. The only Eagles song to be featured prominently in the film isn't performed by The Eagles

The Big Lebowski poster
The Big Lebowski poster

The 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.

I am pretty sure that you've watched The Big Lebowski, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about The Big Lebowski and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

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