Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Dude still abides

The Big Lebowski was released 25 years ago, and although it wasn't a hit back then, it has gotten the love it deserved in the two and a half decades since. Even Roger Ebert later "adjusted" his review from three to four stars, as described in this Hollywood Reporter article, in which Jeff Bridges reminisces about the happy experience. Some other highlights:
  • The film only earned $18 million at the box office in its initial release. Since then it has surpassed the $100 million mark primarily from home viewing.
  • The film's poor performance surprised Bridges, who expected it to be a big hit.
  • Bridges was concerned about playing "a big pothead" because he had preteen children at the time.
  • There was very little ad-libbing. The actors largely adhered to the script, including the vast usage of "man" and "fuck".
I don't remember the first time I saw this film, but it was well after its release. Fathom Events is screening The Big Lebowski next month, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen for the first time.

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