The Big Lebowski, beloved for its eccentric characters, unique dialogue, and eclectic soundtrack, is loosely based on the work of Raymond Chandler, which Joel Coen admired for the way it "moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that's ultimately unimportant." The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2014 for its cultural significance.
- Though The Big Lebowski was a disappointment in the box office, bringing in just over $5.5 million domestically and receiving mixed reviews, the film has achieved cult favorite status since its release.
- The Dude says "man" almost 150 times in the movie (nearly 1.5 times per minute!).
- Much of The Dude's wardrobe was made up of Jeff Bridge's own clothes, including his Jellies sandals which he still uses.