Jeff Bridges stars as an unemployed bowler and philosopher named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in the cult comedy film hit The Big Lebowski. The film was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen. The Cohens cast the movie with a lot of their frequently used actors such as Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The story and lead character are introduced by the narrator, a gravelly voiced cowboy played by Sam Elliott. He tells the tale of the Dude and how a case of mistaken identity took the free-spirited Dude on the adventure of his lifetime. When returning home from a night of bowling, the Dude is ambushed and beaten by a pair of thugs who claim that his wife owes money to a shady businessman, Jackie Treehorn. The problem with that accusation is that the Dude isn't married. The attackers realize that they have made a mistake, but on their way out take the time to urinate on the Dude's Oriental rug.
The Dude's bowling partners convince the Dude to find the other Jeff Lebowski to seek compensation for his soiled rug. The other Lebowski turns out to be a millionaire who dismisses the Dude's plea for restitution. The millionaire and his assistant later contact the Dude to seek his help with a problem. It turns out that Jackie Treehorn has kidnapped Mrs.Lebowski and has demanded a ransom. They want the Dude to make the transaction to pay the kidnappers. Walter, the over-bearing friend of the Dude, insists on accompanying the Dude on the money drop, and his distrust of the kidnappers causes a domino effect which causes headache after headache for the Dude.
During his adventure, the Dude meets the daughter of the Big Lebowski, and his day gets even crazier. Along the way, the Dude and Walter suffer the loss of a friend. In the end, will things work out for the Dude? They always seem to.