The Big Lebowski


Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

As part of our Tribute to John Goodman, SLIFF offers the Coen Brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and features one of the actor’s most indelible roles: Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak. A delightfully convoluted riff on Raymond Chandler — the title recalls his “The Big Sleep” — the film traces the efforts of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski to obtain recompense for a loss recently suffered when two thugs broke into his apartment and shrilly demanded money owed by the gorgeous but feckless young bride of an entirely different Jeffrey Lebowski. Adding insult to injury, in the process of roughly interrogating the stunned and utterly innocent Dude, one of the strongmen evacuated his bladder on the living-room carpet — a rug that the Dude plaintively insists “really tied the room together.” But in pursuing compensation for his beloved floor covering, the Dude unknowingly enters what sagacious bowling partner Walter might refer to as “a world of pain.”

$25 for special event
119 min.

Directed by

Joel & Ethan Coen



Film Category

Archival Presentations Show-Me Cinema


Art Crime Veterans


With actor Goodman, SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

Sponsored by

Michael & Sue Wallace, Brown Smith Wallace LLP, Aaron Hempel, Jason Loiterstein, Barry & Jackie Albrecht, David & Jennifer Johnson, and SAG-AFTRA-Missouri Valley Local