The Dude meets his bowling friends, the timid Donny (Steve Buscemi) and the temperamental Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak (John Goodman).
Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi also star, with David Huddleston, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, and Tara Reid appearing in supporting roles.
The film is loosely inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler. box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release.
Joel Coen stated: "We wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that's ultimately unimportant." The original score was composed by Carter Burwell, a longtime collaborator of the Coen brothers. Over time, however, reviews have tended towards the positive, and the film has become a cult favorite, Los Angeles, slacker Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is assaulted in his home by two hired goons (Mark Pellegrino and Philip Moon) who demand money that the wife of a Jeffrey Lebowski owes to a man named Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara).
The two soon realize they have attacked the wrong Jeffrey Lebowski and leave, but not before one of them urinates on the Dude's rug.
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 American crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler.
He is assaulted as a result of mistaken identity, after which The Dude learns that a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski was the intended victim.
The millionaire Lebowski's trophy wife is kidnapped, and he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release; but the plan goes awry when the Dude's friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the ransom money.
Days later, Lebowski contacts the Dude stating that Bunny has been kidnapped.
Lebowski wants the Dude to deliver a briefcase containing a million-dollar ransom and see if he can recognize the culprits.
Later, a different pair of thugs appear in the Dude's apartment, knock him unconscious, and take Lebowski's rug.