The Big Lebowski (1998)
|Saturday, November 19|
A movie that began as a box office flop from Joel and Ethan Coen, and has since become a cult behemoth, THE BIG LEBOWSKI tells the shaggy dog tale of Jeff Lebowski, or as he prefers to be known: The Dude (Jeff Bridges).
After a case of mistaken identity pulls him into the middle of a complex kidnapping scheme, The Dude somewhat reluctantly embarks on a series of increasingly odd misadventures. Along with his two bowling buddies, the devout Jewish convert and Vietnam veteran Walter (John Goodman), and the hapless and constantly “out of his element” Donny (Steve Buscemi), The Dude does his slacker best to pick apart the tightly woven and complex plan. Featuring signature Coen brothers dialogue with infinitely quotable one-liners, THE BIG LEBOWSKI has resonated with audiences far beyond the fortunate few to have seen it in theaters. A telling indicator of the devotion this movie inspires is the existence of something called Lebowski Fest, a
multi-city celebration of all things Dude, from bowling, to white Russians, to bathrobes. Whether you’re a seasoned Lebowski fanatic eager to finally catch this one on the big screen, or you’re a newcomer to the world of The Dude who’d like to see what all the buzz is about, here’s your chance.
Directed by Joel Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore
Free for UI students (w/ID) and $3 for community