How Well Do You Know "The Big Lebowski"?



By: John Payne

5 Min Quiz

Image: Working Title Films / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Gramercy Pictures / Universal Pictures

About This Quiz

How well do you know Maude, the Nihlists, Walter Sobchak, Donnie, and, of course, The Dude? Test your knowledge of the 1990s cult hit, and perhaps you too can be a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever!

What Bob Dylan song plays during the film's opening credits?

The song comes from the album New Morning, which was released in 1970, during Dylan's country period.


What is The Dude's favorite drink?

The Dude drinks nine White Russians over the course of the film.


In what year does The Big Lebowski take place?

The film takes place during the first Gulf War and a number of allusions are made to the conflict, including Saddam Hussein handing out bowling shoes in The Dude's dream sequence.


What prolific Western actor narrates the film as The Stranger?

Elliott has starred in Western and historical films such as Gone to Texas, The Quick and the Dead, Gettysburg, and Tombstone.


For what single item does The Dude write a check totaling 69 cents at the supermarket in the opening sequence?

The check is also dated September 11, 1991, which has led internet conspiracy theorists to claim that the film predicted 9/11.


What religion does Walter practice?

The Dude points out that before his marriage, Walter was Polish Catholic and is now living in the past, but Walter refuses to abandon "5,000 years of beautiful tradition -- from Moses to Sandy Koufax -- you're Goddamn right I'm living in the past!"


Who is the "known pornographer" to whom Bunny Lebowski owes money?

When The Dude encounters Treehorn, he ends up being drugged and arrested by the Malibu police chief, who instructs him to "Stay out of Malibu, deadbeat!"


In what war did Jeffrey Lebowski (a.k.a. The Big Lebowski) lose the use of his legs?

As Lebowski says, "some Chinamen" took the use of his legs from him. Walter would hasten to point out that "Chinamen" is not the preferred nomenclature.


What item does The Dude want The Big Lebowski to replace?

That rug really tied the room together.


Which of the following is *not* one of the alternative names The Dude suggests to The Big Lebowski?

"I'm The Dude, so that's what you call me, ya know? That or His Dudeness or, uh, Duder or, uh, El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing..."


What acclaimed actor portrays The Big Lebowski's assistant Brandt?

Hoffman appeared in 55 films, was nominated for four Oscars, and won one for his portrayal of Truman Capote before his tragic death from a drug overdose in 2014.


What does Walter put in the "ringer" briefcase instead of the ransom payment?

The hand off goes terribly awry when Walter, armed with an Uzi, jumps out of the car after the ringer briefcase, but the kidnappers do get his dirty undies.


What actor frequently used in Coen Brothers films portrays bowling rival Jesus?

Turturro is rumored to be reviving the over-the-top character in his upcoming film Going Places. Guard your eight-year-olds.


What actress plays Maude Lebowski?

The Coen Brothers based the character of Maude upon real-life artist Carolee Schneemann.


The Big Lebowski is largely inspired by the works of what well-known crime writer?

Chandler is famous for books such as The Big Sleep and his detective character Phillip Marlowe. The Big Lebowski is largely a send up of Chandler's convoluted (but captivating) plots.


After The Dude's car is stolen, he reports that a tape of what band was in the car at the time?

The cops told him not to hold out much hope for the tape.


After recovering his car, The Dude finds a document with whose name on it?

The document purports to be Larry's homework, so The Dude and Walter confront him with it. Sadly, Larry never cracks.


Which member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is among the gang of nihilists?

Flea has acted in a number of movies and TV shows, but was particularly prolific in 1998. In addition to The Big Lebowski, he also appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho.


What is the name of the porn film starring nihilist Uli Kunkel that Maude shows to The Dude?

When Maude tells The Dude, "You can imagine where it goes from here," The Dude responds, "He fixes the cable?"


The film was written and directed by what sibling filmmaker duo?

When they made The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers had just come off universal acclaim and several Oscar nominations and wins for their 1996 film Fargo.


What is Uli Kunkel's porn star name?

In addition to his porn acting, Uli and his fellow nihilists were in a band, Authobahn, which Maude disdainfully described as "a sort of technopop."


What is the title of The Dude's dream sequence?

The dream occurs after The Dude is drugged by Jackie Treehorn and features beautiful women and bowling. Naturally.


"Gutterballs" is set to the 1968 song "Just Dropped in (to See What Condition My Condition Was in)," which is sung by what future country music legend?

In the late 1960's, Rogers fronted the psychedelic rock band The First Edition -- before he went on to greater fame with country songs such as "The Gambler" and "Islands in the Stream."


What body part do the Nihilists send to The Big Lebowski?

The toe purportedly comes from Bunny, but in fact it belonged to the girlfriend of one of the Nihilists.


For what metal band does The Dude say he worked as a roadie?

When Maude asks The Dude to tell her about himself, he goes through his work history (such as it is) and describes his former employers as a "bunch of assholes."


What 1962 political manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society does The Dude claim he wrote?

The Port Huron Statement was signed in 1962 and was actually primarily drafted by Tom Hayden, who was a University of Michigan student at the time.


While riding in a cab, The Dude asks the cabby to change the radio from what band?

The Dude explains that he "hate[s] the fucking Eagles," right before the cabby kicks him out of the cab.


Who hired Da Fino, the private investigator who follows The Dude?

After The Dude confronts him, Da Fino explains that the Knutsons are Bunny's family, who have been looking for her ever since she ran away from home.


Who kidnapped Bunny?

Bunny "kidnapped" herself and took a trip to Vegas, allowing the Nihilists to demand a ransom from The Big Lebowski.


Who has the money?

When Bunny kidnaps herself, The Big Lebowski uses the opportunity to take money from his foundation and keep it for himself.


What actor, who also worked with the Coen Brothers in Fargo, plays Uli Kunkel?

Stormare is a Swedish actor and played kidnapper and wood chipper enthusiast Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo.


What Rolling Stones' song covered by Townes Van Zandt plays in the final scene of the film?

The song originally appeared on the Rolling Stones' 1971 album Sticky Fingers, and Townes Van Zandt covered it on his live album Roadsongs in 1994.


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