The Big Lebowski script
Synopsis: Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called "the Dude," a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money -- resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.

We are floating up a steep scrubby slope. We hear male voices

gently singing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and a deep, affable,

Western-accented voice--Sam Elliot's, perhaps:


A way out west there was a fella,

fella I want to tell you about, fella

by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At

least, that was the handle his lovin'

parents gave him, but he never had

much use for it himself. This

Lebowski, he called himself the Dude.

Now, Dude, that's a name no one would

self-apply where I come from. But

then, there was a lot about the Dude

that didn't make a whole lot of sense

to me. And a lot about where he

lived, like- wise. But then again,

maybe that's why I found the place

s'durned innarestin'.

We top the rise and the smoggy vastness of Los Angeles at

twilight stretches out before us.


They call Los Angeles the City of

Angels. I didn't find it to be that

exactly, but I'll allow as there are

some nice folks there. 'Course, I

can't say I seen London, and I never

been to France, and I ain't never

seen no queen in her damn undies as

the fella says. But I'll tell you

what, after seeing Los Angeles and

thisahere story I'm about to unfold--

wal, I guess I seen somethin' ever'

bit as stupefyin' as ya'd see in any

a those other places, and in English

too, so I can die with a smile on my

face without feelin' like the good

Lord gypped me.


It is late, the supermarket all but deserted. We are tracking

in on a fortyish man in Bermuda shorts and sunglasses at the

dairy case. He is the Dude. His rumpled look and relaxed

manner suggest a man in whom casualness runs deep.

He is feeling quarts of milk for coldness and examining their

expiration dates.


Now this story I'm about to unfold

took place back in the early nineties--

just about the time of our conflict

with Sad'm and the Eye-rackies. I

only mention it 'cause some- times

there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro,

'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes

there's a man.

The Dude glances furtively about and then opens a quart of

milk. He sticks his nose in the spout and sniffs.


And I'm talkin' about the Dude here--

sometimes there's a man who, wal,

he's the man for his time'n place,

he fits right in there--and that's

the Dude, in Los Angeles.


She waits, arms folded. A small black-and white TV next to

her register shows George Bush on the White House lawn with

helicopter rotors spinning behind him.


This aggression will not stand. . .

This will not stand!

The Dude, peeking over his shades, scribbles something at

the little customer's lectern. Milk beads his mustache.


...and even if he's a lazy man, and

the Dude was certainly that--quite

possibly the laziest in Los Angeles


The Dude has his Ralph's Shopper's Club card to one side and

is making out a check to Ralph's for sixty-nine cents.


...which would place him high in the

runnin' for laziest worldwide--but

sometimes there's a man. . . sometimes

there's a man.


Long shot of the glowing Ralph's. There are only two or

three cars parked in the huge lot.


Wal, I lost m'train of thought here.

But--aw hell, I done innerduced him


The Dude is a small figure walking across the vast lot.

Next to him walks a Mexican carry-out boy in a red apron and

cap carrying a small brown bag holding the quart of milk.

The two men's footsteps echo in the still of the night.

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Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) and The Big Lebowski (1998). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two children. more…

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