The Big Lebowski

Correction: The Dude doesnt know what a ferret is and was stoned at the time so calls it a marmot.

Corrected entry: When the Dude is being driven by a chauffeur named Tony, played by Dom Irrera, Bridges refers to him by his real name. "I gotta tell ya Dom, man..."


Correction: He says "I've got to tell ya, Tone, man..." Tone is short for Tony.

Corrected entry: Walter is twenty minutes late for a league game against Smokey's team. Before he ever gets up to roll, he has pulled a gun on Smokey and The Dude states that they're calling the cops. In the next scene, Walter and The Dude get into his car as the LAPD arrives. How fast did Walter bowl ten frames? How slow is the LAPD?

Correction: This is obviously a stab at the LAPD's infamously slow reaction time.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Donnie bowls a nine in his final frame then sits down for a while. He should have tried to pick up the spare.

Correction: Donny was shown to be bowling strikes all throughout the movie and is visibly upset about not getting the strike on this frame. Either he sat down for a while because he was upset about not getting the strike, or it was his third turn in the 10th frame and therefore was not able to attempt to get the spare.


Corrected entry: As The Dude enters his apartment for the first time, he is not wearing sunglasses. One of the thugs grabs him and shoves his head into the toilet. When they let him go, he fishes out a pair of sunglasses.

Correction: The sunglasses are on the top of his head.

Corrected entry: When The Dude first sees Bunny she is painting the nail of her big toe and the other toes on that foot (her right) have not been painted. When she asks him to blow, a few seconds later, all 10 toenails have been painted. (00:15:00)


Correction: All toes are painted.

Corrected entry: When Walter and the Dude are leaving the bowling ally when the cops are coming, we see the dog trailing behind Walter. He never puts the dog in the car or the carrying case before he and the Dude pull out.

Correction: The back door of the car is open for quite a long time while Walter is talking and putting the carrier and his ball in - there is plenty of time for the dog to jump in, and the dog appears to be well trained so it probably did so.


Corrected entry: When Bunny drives back to the mansion, the close-up of her feet shows a clutch pedal, but the Jaguar XJS she was driving was only available with an automatic transmission.

Correction: XJS was available with a manual, albeit in limited numbers before production switched to solely automatic models.

Corrected entry: In the scene where The Dude is driving while smoking a joint he notices someone following him in a blue VW beetle. He then takes a right turn to see if the beetle continues to follow. The shot where he is looking in the rear view mirror to watch the car turn shows the beetle turning left onto the street The Dude has just turned on instead of right. (01:05:25 - 01:05:55)


Correction: The VW does turn right, it's just the way filming the rearview mirror reverses the image. When a car makes a right-hand turn around a corner, the corner is next to the passenger side and away from the driver (in left-hand driver cars like the VW is). In the shot of the VW in the mirror we see the driver is on the viewer's left and the corner is on the right, away from the driver.


Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Jeff Bridges walks into the bowling alley and takes his bowling ball out of his bag. After a few moments, they show Jeff Bridges again and he again takes the ball out of his bowling bag.

Correction: When you see him take it out of the bag, it's so he can get a hair clip. You see him put the ball back in (before he pulls his hair back).


Corrected entry: The last time we see "Donnie" bowl, instead of rolling a strike he knocks down only 9 pins. He then sits down and doesnt bother to go for the spare. Why? I doubt it's because he threw a gutterball to start.

Correction: It could have been the 3rd ball of the 10th frame.


Correction: The way the pins fell it implied it was a "ringing 8." Any right handed bowler knows that's basically a perfect strike ball but somehow the 8 pin is left standing. Donnie may needed to wrap his head around the fact that perfect ball wasn't a strike, I know I do.

Corrected entry: When the Dude gets tossed into Lebowski's limosine, his white russian mysteriously fills back up after being half empty. (00:49:45)

Correction: The glass is being held at an angle.


Corrected entry: In the scene of Donny's eulogy you can see a crew member walk by on the ridge at the upper right hand part of the screen. (01:48:54)

Correction: They scatter Donnie's ashes at the beach - that person could be anyone out for a walk.


Corrected entry: Towards the end of the scene where The Dude and Walter are spreading the ashes of Donny on a cliff, a person can be seen walking into view on a cliff in the background around the time Walter says, "Let's go bowling."

Correction: This has already been corrected. They are in public and it's just a man out for a stroll along the cliff.

Corrected entry: When the Dude is at Jackie Treehorn's house, it's nighttime. It's still dark out when he's shown running down the street as he awakens from his fever dream and is picked up in the cop car. When he arrives in the police chief's office, it's daylight outside the window, and possibly the sun has recently risen, or he spent some time in the drunk tank first, who knows. But then when he's taking a cab home, in the scene with the cabbie who kicks him out for complaining about the Eagles, it's already nighttime again.

Correction: It is not daylight when the Dude and police chief are talking. What you see is a street lamp.


Corrected entry: When Maude Lebowski is getting out of her painting harness, it appears as though she is completely nude until she puts on her robe. However, if you zoom in, you can see that, while she is topless, she is wearing flesh colored panties. (00:43:20)


Correction: You can see the panties from the time she's in the harness to the time she's in her robe, so I don't see how it's a mistake.

Corrected entry: Right before the Dude is taken into the Malibu Police Department, the cop car pulling up behind him is, at the oldest, a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria, which would not be available during the film's late 1990 setting.

Correction: The film takes place in 1991.

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when the Dude is getting pushed into the bathroom by Jackie Treehorn's goon, right before the Dude gets his head dunked into the toilet, you can see that his hair is already wet.

Correction: The Dude's hair is not actually wet - it looks different than in the previous shot because it is a stunt double wearing a wig.

Correction: There's no stunt double in that scene, but several takes. The goon and the Dude run toward the toilet bowl and before Bridges (with wet hair) is dunked, the scene cuts to a different angle. The "water torture" was shot from two different angles and whenever Bridges was dunked he controlled the action, meaning that the other actor moved along and together they gave a convincing performance. That's acting.

Corrected entry: Maude doesn't leave her phone number on the Dude's answering machine when she tells him she took the rug.

Correction: Caller ID has been available since the late 80s. If Dude didn't have that, there was always directory assistance.


Continuity mistake: When the Dude is in Jackie Treehorn's estate, he pencils over a pad of paper to see what Jackie wrote down while he was on the phone. He then hurriedly crumples up the piece of paper and shoves it in his wallet. Then, when we see the Chief of Police of Malibu looking through the contents of The Dude's wallet, the paper is there, neatly folded in fourths.

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Goon: What the fuck is this?
[Picks up a bowling ball hesitatingly.]
The Dude: Obviously you're not a golfer.

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Trivia: At the beginning of the movie, when The Dude is writing a check for the cream at the grocery, look at the date on the check. Sept 11, 1991. A few seconds later we see George Bush Sr. talking about Iraq. So here we have a scene containing Sept. 11th, George Bush and references to the Middle East in a movie that takes place in 1991. (00:03:00)


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Question: At the very end of the scene in which Walter and the Dude are spreading Donnie's ashes at the coast, a dark and unidentifiable figure appears for a few seconds in the upper right screen, apparently hiking a trail along the cliff. Was this an accidental walk-on by an actual hiker, or was it written into the script? With all the star-power in this film, I thought every bit of background action was supposed to be meticulously crafted.

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: There's no way of knowing. If the hiker was that far away, it could have been someone who happened to stray into the scene by accident. The filmmakers may or may not have noticed, but if they did, may have felt it added to the realism. I did this myself during the filming of a street scene for the TV show, "Northern Exposure." Filming was underway before I realised I was in the midst of it. I just kept walking like I was supposed to be there.


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