The Big Lebowski: 25 facts on its 25th anniversary

Since rolling into our lives on 6 March 1998, The Big Lebowski has seen some strikes and gutters, ups and downs, but has abided all the same.

I’m not saying The Big Lebowski is the best film ever … but I am saying it’s my favourite. Which is all the more reason (for me) to celebrate as the Coen Brothers’ 1998 classic turns 25.

Funnily enough, I can’t remember the first time I saw it, which suggests it didn’t blow me away back then. I recall exactly where I was when I saw 2007’s No Country for Old Men (London on a work trip – during which I interviewed its Oscar-winning psycho Javier Bardem); O Brother, Where Art Thou? (my living room in Aberdeen, Scotland); Fargo (Glasgow, on my sofa); The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Melbourne, in bed).

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites