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Bar is an antiquated variation of bear. Frontiersman Daniel Boone, for instance, famously carved on a tree once, after killing a bear: D. Boon Cilled a Bar on [this] tree in the year 1760. It makes sense that The Stranger would use such a colloquialism, as he's a sort of personification of the Old West (which is what he means when he says it's "far from" ...


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Out of universe, this is probably T Bone Burnett talking. From IMDb: T Bone Burnett acted as music consultant for the movie, and helped Joel Coen and Ethan Coen establish the Dude's taste in music. Burnett selected many of the existing songs in the movie, and also suggested the Dude's hatred towards The Eagles (Burnett himself is not a fan either). One of ...


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He probably meant this Lenin text: There is a Latin tag, cui prodest? Meaning, “who stands to gain?” When it is not immediately apparent which political or social groups, forces or alignments advocate certain proposals, measures, etc., one should always ask: “Who stands to gain?” [...] In politics it is not so important who directly advocates particular ...


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She wanted him to be examined to make sure he was fertile and healthy to be the father of the child she wanted. It's possible that the exam could have included a virility exam, which would include a check for sperm count, which is usually done by examining a sperm sample. As such, The Dude may have masturbated during the exam to provide the sample, and his ...


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The movie takes place during the first Gulf War. As the stranger says at the beginning: Now this here story I'm about to unfold took place back in the early nineties, just about the time of our conflict with Saddam and the Iraqis. I only mention it 'cause sometimes there's a man [...] for his time and place. You can also see a Bush speech against Saddam ...


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Not really. First of all, just about everyone involved brought about this complex situation. Everyone's (usually misguided) choices - Bunny, the Dude, the big Lebowski and the nihilists themselves - put the nihilists in that parking lot, so everyone would be responsible for Donny's death. And we don't even know Donny's prior health condition. In short, you ...


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From Quora By Matt Burwood: To achieve the point-of-view of a rolling bowling ball the Coen brothers mounted a camera "on something like a barbecue spit", according to Ethan, and then dollied it along the lane. The challenge for them was figuring out the relative speeds of the forward motion and the rotating motion. CGI was used to create the ...


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It's all the same dog, and it's basically just a goof. The dog following them to Lebowski's house after Bunny comes back is Walter's dog according to the official script (and also in this script online). The Dude and Walter nevertheless continue toward the great study. Walter's dog follows, stiffly wagging its tail. And we know it's Walter's dog because ...


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This is a Storm Gizmo wrist support bowling glove: https://thetake.com/product/99449/john-turturro-storm-gizmo-wrist-support-glove-the-big-lebowsk


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As noted by others, he's not saying bar, as in a place to get drinks, he's saying bear as in the animal. The US is full of regional dialects and accents, and the narrator is supposed to be some kind of cowboy type. He speaks with a fairly thick Texas drawl, and the word bear just happens to sound like bar. For example, take the Ka-Bar style of knife. The ...


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The character of Jeff Lebowski is said to be based on Jeff Dowd who was a member of the anti-war radical group the Seattle Liberation Front. Dowd was born November 20, 1949. At the beginning of the movie you can see the speech of George Bush "This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait." which was on Aug. 5, 1990. So I would say he was 40.


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Barbie Girl was released in May 1997. Principal photography on The Big Lebowski wrapped in April 1997. So it's a coincidence.


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During first scene at the bowling alley, Donny is wearing a cleaning company’s jacket: This tells me he is a janitor/cleaner


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In a footnote of his essay The Big Lebowski: The First Gulf War and Masculinity, Daniel Keyes reports on a comment of George Bush senior’s pronunciation of “Saddam” in The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein by Paul William Roberts: Roberts notes that Saddam (with the stress on the second syllable) translates somewhat literally ...


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The line was probably changed to a funnier/clearer one. It isn't uncommon that scripts differ from actual movies, professional acting and directing not always require to follow every word of the script.


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Donny's full name was Theodore Donald Kerabatsos. According to a local newspaper in Akron, Ohio, the "Medina Sod" bowling shirt The Dude wears in the movie is a real 1960s bowling shirt found in a thrift store in Los Angeles. It belonged to a man named Art Myers, who was the foreman at Medina Sod in Medina, Ohio.


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I believe the German gang stole the Dude's car and eventually found the briefcase and opened it, realizing no money was actually in it. Jeffrey Lebowski gave the Dude the case saying it had a million dollars but the thought is it didn't have anything at all, and he had withdrawn the money from the foundation and kept it for himself. The Germans were Bunny'...


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If what he says about helping to write the Port Huron Statement is true, he would have had to have been college age in 1962 when it was written. So I'm thinking he was at least 47 when the movie took place in '91.


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