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Goofs from The Big Lebowski

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  • When the Dude gets his car back after being stolen the driver's door cannot be opened, however after he sees the blue Volkswagen and crashes again, the door works again.
  • During the opening scene, in which the camera moves back to show several bowlers release at the foul line, one bowler rolls a translucent bowling ball. The ball, an Ebonite Clear Wolf, was not released until the mid 1990s.
  • Quite a few of the various bowling balls and shoes, both used and background props, were not commercially available until well after 1991.
  • Walter draws the firearm and the Dude says, "Man, they're calling the cops." The cops show up as they are leaving. A call from Smokey and Dude and Walter's tournament advancement imply that they stayed long enough to win the round. This is presumably a sly comment on the lethargic response time of LAPD to what they consider a non-urgent call.
  • The ball that the Jesus rolls down the lane is on lane 23, yet the lane number is reversed, as is lane number 24, indicating a flipped shot.
  • The first sex offender laws, like those which would require Jesus Quintana to notify his neighbors of his paedophilic record, weren't implemented in California until 1996.
  • The mat in front of the toilet disappears and reappears between shots.
  • When the Dude looks at Da Fino's picture of Bunny's family farm, he holds it two hands in the close-up, and one hand in the long shot.
  • When the blond thug in the opening scene drops the bowling ball, the tile on the floor is different than when he picks the ball off the floor.
  • When Dude is attacked in his bathroom, there are two toilet bowl brush holders to the left of the toilet. During the course of the fight, the position of the blue holder changes - it goes from standing to lying on its side and then back to standing.
  • While the Dude, Walter, and Donnie talk about the carpet pissers at the Bowling Alley, the bowlers in the next lane (they can be seen behind Walter) change in incongruous ways. Watch for the big black guy and the big white guy with the pony tail. Also watch the movement of the waitress, which is incongruous. She covers 20 meters within the time it takes the Dude to say "Fuckin'-A".
  • When the nihilists are ordering pancakes in the restaurant, the female nihilist orders "Heidelbeer Pfannkuchen" (blueberry pancakes) which one of the other nihilists incorrectly translates to the waitress as "lingonberry pancakes." (This may be because the nihilists don't care enough to get her order right.)
  • At the Malibu police office the officer looks at his value club card and throws it down to the side of the white paper. In the next shot when the officer looks at the note from Treehorn's house, the value club card is lying oblique on the right of the officer's hand. In the next shot the card is lying again on top of the white paper, and partially covered by the wallet. The other objects (wallet, notes that were in the wallet, cup of coffee) also change position in different shots.
  • The car Ulli drives in the adult movie "Logjammin'" is a BMW E36 convertible. Production of this car did not start before 1993.
  • When Walter is smashing the red car with the crowbar, the other man runs out shouting at him, but his lips don't actually move.
  • When Walter and Dude are watching Dude's landlord do his dance they are talking about the old western Branded (1965). Walter asks Dude if he remembers it and he says yeah, the Mike Connors show. It was Chuck Connors who starred in it. In addition, Walter mentions "all 156 episodes," but 'Branded' only survived two seasons and ran for only 48 episodes.
  • When Walter, The Dude and Donny are sitting at the bar in the bowling alley, discussing the kidnappers, Donny's can of Slice and a can of Pepsi are both newer, post-1991 designs.
  • When the Dude is reading the ransom note at The Big Lebowski's home, the joint he is smoking is in his hand. When the shot focuses on him, it's in his mouth. This occurs twice.
  • Post-1991 cars can be seen in the background where Walter and The Dude are sitting and having their coffee in the diner. Another, a black Nissan Maxima, drives past as The Dude is thrown from a taxicab in a later scene.
  • The amount of White Russian in the Dude's glass varies between shots, as does the amount dripping off his mustache and his position on the seat.
  • When the Dude, Walter and Donny are eating the burgers they supposedly got at In-n-Out, the cups they drink from are not white with a ring of red palm trees, which is the way the cups are at that chain.
  • When The Dude and Walter are making the money drop off, after Walter jumps out and The Dude crashes the car, when The Dude runs out saying "We have the money," police lights blocking off the road they are filming on are clearly visible.
  • When The Dude is driving, and first notices the blue Volkswagen following him, the hood-mounted camera equipment is reflected in his sunglasses.
  • During the "Careful man, there's a beverage here!" scene, The Dude spills his White Russian all over the back seat. In subsequent shots, the glass is nearly full.
  • In the opening sequence, Jesus' bowling partner is bowling with teal Rhino Pro bowling ball which was not available until 1993.
  • When The Dude is talking to Da Fino in his car through the open driver's side window, we hear music playing on the car stereo. When Da Fino gets out of the car and the door is shut behind him, the volume of the music drops as if the window were shut.
  • When The Dude is at Jackie Treehorn's and he rubs the pad of paper with a pencil revealing Treehorn's drawing of a naked man, The Dude tears the page off the pad and quickly crumples and shoves the paper into his pocket. Later while in the Chief of Police of Malibu's office and the Chief is going through The Dude's wallet, the same paper he tore off of Treehorn's pad is neatly folded in the wallet, with no sign of previous crumpling.
  • When the Dude is at the Malibu police office, the position of the cup of coffee of the officer changes during different shots. When the Dude falls on his desk, he puts his cup of coffee on the white paper on his desk. In the next shot the cup is on the edge of the white paper. Next shot it moves a little bit towards the officer. And then on the next shot it is again on the edge of the white paper.
  • During the turn that Walter almost doesn't make, the lights that are shining through the back of the car remain stationary, and hence do not simulate a turning car.
  • Jesus Quintana's wrist brace wasn't made till 1996.
  • When Walter jumps out of the car at the drop-off point, he loses control of the Uzi and it shoots out the Dude's left tail light. But when the Dude recovers the car from the police, the same tail light is perfectly normal.
  • When The Dude is in the bathtub smoking a joint with all of the candles lit, the Nihilists come in and throw the ferret in the tub with him. There are four candles in the corner to the left of The Dude. When The Dude starts thrashing around he puts three of the four candles out with the water and when it cuts away then goes back to him, the three candles that were out are lit and the one candle that was still lit is out.
  • When The Dude mixes a White Russian during the second visit with Maude, he adds powdered milk to the glass, then picks up an entirely different pre-mixed White Russian.
  • When the Dude calls Walter on Shabbas to pick him up after helping Maude conceive, his mouth eventually stops matching his words.
  • In the opening scene with the various bowlers, the big African-American bowler throws an orange ball, but the ball that is shown smashing one pin against the other is blue. This is repeated with the next bowler, who throws a wine red ball but the ball that arrives is red-blue.
  • While driving down the road, The Dude notices that he is being followed by the blue Volkswagen. The camera shot of the Dude shows a thick layer of dirt on the rear windshield of his car. When the camera cuts to shots of the rear-view mirror to see the Volkswagen, there is no dirt at all on the rear windshield.
  • When the Dude is on the phone with the kidnappers, a dial tone is heard each time they hang up. However, he's not on a cellphone as some may think, rather he is on a portable car-phone. Unlike a cellphone, the car-phone would indeed have a dial tone.
  • After Maude Lebowski swings in and splatters paint on her piece of art, paint can be seem on the floor in front of the piece, presumably from previous splatters. However, none of the lights pointed at the piece have any paint on them, which seems highly unlikely.
  • After Walter jumps out of The Dude's car, The Dude scrambles across to the driver's side, and the door is already closed.
  • The first time The Dude's answering machine message is heard it says "leave a message after the beep, it takes a minute." Then there is a long pause before it beeps and Maude Lebowski leaves a message. When The Dude is smoking in his bathtub, LAPD calls and the same message is heard, but there is no delay before the beep.
  • Before the Dude's car is stolen from outside the bowling alley Walter makes reference to having a million dollars "in the trunk". Later, when the car is recovered by the LAPD, the Dude looks frantically into the back seat and declares that his briefcase is missing. He never opens the trunk.
  • In the opening scene, a bowler attempts to convert a 7-10 split. A close-up shows the split being picked up with a different-colored bowling ball.
  • After Walter bails out of the car, he limps favoring his left leg. That night after bowling, when walking away from the lanes, he favors his other leg.
  • When the Dude is told about the kidnapping, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem is playing in the background on Big Lebowski's HiFi. However, the timeline of the music does not correspond to the actual conversation.
  • At the end of the Gutterballs sequence, when the bowling pins are knocked over, wires can be seen that were used to move the pins.
  • When Marty invites The Dude to view his performance, he says it will be "on Tuesday night." This night continues on, ending with The Dude asking Walter to pick him up, to which Walter replies that it is "Erev Shabbos." Erev Shabbos is observed on Friday night.
  • In the toilet-dunking scene, The Dude says "W-w-wife? D-do you see a ring on my finger?" He holds out his right hand, when he would have made the point better with his left hand.
  • After Walter pulls out his hand gun at Smokie; Dude and Walter are walking to Dude's car with the dog. The dog disappears from the scene when they get into the car.
  • When Walter jumps from the moving car, we see that his Uzi shoots out the back left tire of the Dude's car. In the subsequent scene when the car slams into the light pole, the tire is still inflated.
  • The Dude tries to flick a lit roach out the car window, it lands in his lap, causing him to lose control driving and hit a dumpster. Shaken up, he looks over the top of his sunglasses out the driver's window to see if the blue VW is still following him. He doesn't see it. Immediately after, he turns his head to look out the passenger window. When he turns to look, he's not wearing the sunglasses.
  • After the introduction of "Jesus" there is a shot from left to right, ending with Walter Sobchak. You can see a reflection of the cameraman in his left eyeglass.
  • The handwriting on Larry Sellers' homework is the same as the teacher that has marked it.
  • The nihilist girl's German pronunciation is far from authentic when she orders her pancakes.
  • In the dream sequence when Lebowski glides down the aisle through the dancer's legs you can see the mount holding him in horizontal position under his shirt.
  • In the bathtub scene and later, The Dude refers to the Nihilists' ferret as a "marmot"; Walter refers to it as an "amphibious rodent". The animal was not a marmot but a ferret; marmots are rodents but ferrets are not; and neither animal is generally aquatic. (Walter is correct that neither is legal to keep as a pet in California.) The script originally called for a marmot, but when it was realized how big these animals are, a ferret was used instead. The dialogue was left unchanged because the Dude wouldn't know any better.
  • In the opening credits, a big black guy throws a seven-ten split (his ball changing color from the throw to the strike, as noted in "goofs"). The first frame showing the ball striking the leftmost pin reveals that the pin isn't on the dot marking its official position. It's a little ahead of and to the left of the dot, hanging over the gutter, and the ball strikes it from the gutter: the shot is rigged.
  • Smart Balance is on the grocery store shelf at Ralph's in the opening scene of the movie. This product didn't come onto the market until 1995, though the film is set four years earlier.
  • In Lebowski's limo, Lebowski and Brandt confront the Dude about his failure to deliver the ransom money. When Brandt hands over the envelope with the toe, the Dude is seen reaching for it with his right hand. When the angle changes, the hand taking the envelope is a left hand. What's more, it has a wedding band on the ring finger. (After the "toilet" attack, the Dude shows his ringless ring finger as evidence that he is not married.)
  • When the Dude is thrown in the back of the Limo while holding his White Russian, plastic wrap can be seen covering the top of the glass, preventing a complete spill of the drink.
  • Through out the film Walter is shown with a pack of Marlboro red cigarettes but when ever he is smoking the filter is that of a light cigarette (white filter compared to a tan filter).
  • The calendar on Francis Donnelly's desk at the mortuary says February 1997, though the movie is supposed to be six years prior to that.
  • When Marty invites The Dude to view his performance, he says it will be "on Tuesday night." This night continues on, ending with The Dude asking Walter to pick him up, to which Walter replies that it is "Erev Shabbos." Erev Shabbos is observed on Friday night.
  • Jesus is shown having to notify his neighbors that he is a sex offender. While California has had a sex offenders registry since 1947, it did not have a "Megan's Law," allowing community notification, until 1996, well after this movie is set. Furthermore, it is law enforcement, not the offender, who notifies that community.
  • At the end of the movie, when the Dude and Walter discover Bunny's crashed car; the car's brake lights are illuminated (it's not due to her headlights because her third brake light is on), despite the car being empty (so there is no one to hold the brake pedal down).
  • In the dream sequence where the Dude flies in pursuit of a flying carpet, the square edge of the mount holding him up is visible under his shirt.
  • The Dude is arrested by "Malibu Police" after being ejected from Jackie Treehorn's garden party. He is questioned by Malibu's chief of police. But there is no such agency. The city of Malibu provides its police services through a contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD).
  • The song, "My Mood Swings" by Elvis Costello is heard through the Dude's headphones at the doctor's office. The song was recorded in 1997, 6 years after the setting of the movie.
  • The movie is said to take place at the time of the first Iraq war in early 1991; many references indicate that it's set a few months before, during the troop build-up in late 1990. But when the Dude makes out a check at the beginning of the movie, it's dated 9-11-1991. This is not necessarily an error, but rather a subtle joke to establish that the Dude is so cheap, broke, and blithely unconcerned about potential legal trouble that he's perfectly willing to post-date a check for under $1 by about a year.
  • Walter says that Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes of the show "Branded". The show ran for 44 episodes.
  • Though he refers to it as a Pomeranian, this is not the breed of the dog Walter is dog-sitting. It is in fact a Yorkshire Terrier.
  • In discussing a detail of Jewish law, Walter cites the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides (using his Hebrew name, "the Rambam") and places him in the 14th Century, even though Maimonides died in 1205, at the very beginning of the 13th Century, and wrote all of his major works in the second half of the 12th Century.
  • The briefcase that Brandt gives The Dude is not large enough to hold one million dollars in twenty dollar bills. One "Brick" of twenty dollar bills contains one thousand bills. Which is twenty-thousand dollars. It would take 50 (fifty) "Bricks" to make up the one million dollars in twenty dollar bills. Hence, The Dude would have needed a much larger briefcase.
  • When Smokey steps over the line, Walter insists he mark it zero and move on to the next frame. Scoring a foul on the first ball actually negates the first roll, the pins are reset, and a second ball is rolled.
  • The Dude holds up his right hand to show he has no wedding ring.
  • That scene the Dude is in the bath and smoking, Duty Officer Rolvaag of the LAPD calls and tells him : "We've recovered your automobile, It can be claimed at the North Hollywood Auto Circus there on Victory". the Dude gets upset sooner than hearing of "North Hollywood Auto Circus there on Victory" to analyze if is it far or not far. Though the Dude might mean "Far Out" in the Hippie-Stoner sense of the phrase.
  • Someone lost in the Alps would likely be glad to be found, rather than want to attack his savior's car with a crowbar.
  • In the opening scene in the supermarket Oscar Mayer Lunchables Pizza is visible on the shelf however this item did not debut until late 1995.
  • After Walter throws the ringer out the car window over the wooden bridge, he bales out of the car at 15 MPH and lands on the asphalt. As the Dude transitions to the driver's seat, he crashes the car into a telephone pole. In the cut shot from the car back to the bridge, the three nihilists are seen speeding off over the bridge on their motorcycles in the opposite direction. Walter is nowhere to be seen although he should be lying there in the road between the car and the bridge. In the next shot from the bridge, Walter rises from the pavement in the left lane where he landed as the Dude runs toward the bridge shouting "We have it."
  • After Jesus's introduction, the dude shows Walter the pager that Lebowski gave him. While fixing the pager to his shirt's neck-hole, he speaks directly into the lavalier microphone under his shirt, making his voice louder and slightly distorted.
  • In the toilet-dunking scene, The Dude says "W-w-wife? D-do you see a ring on my finger?" He's showing the blond thug his right hand. Typically, the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger.
  • When the Dude comes to the bar in the bowling alley during the final scene he says, "Give me two more sodas, Gary" Then Gary hands him two bottles of Miller Beer. The Dude then says, "Thanks, Gary."
  • When Walter yells at Smoky that he was over the line, Smoky had just thrown a ball on lane 22. Walter, The Dude and Donny are sitting at and behind the scorer's table on lanes 23 and 24. I don't know of any leagues where two teams competing against each other are on different sets of lanes.
  • At the hand-off, the kidnappers' dirt bikes have single cylinder engines but the sound is that of four-cylinder engines.
  • Walter does not want to pick up the Dude because "it's Erev Shabbos." Erev Shabbos is the Sabbath Eve, that is, Friday. By the time it's dark on Friday, as it is in the scene, it is the Sabbath proper. There does seem to be some light outside the window, but the Dude did come back at night and when leaving the house almost immediately afterward it is also dark.
  • Walter insists on not bowling on the Sabbath; later the Dude insists he drive him on the Sabbath. But apparently, later that same (long) night they are seen bowling- and ironically, they are confronted by Jesus, who insists that Walter is not honest about his Sabbath observance.
  • At one of the later bowling alley scenes (1:41), Walter is wearing very short shorts (above mid-thigh). When they exit the venue and confront the nihilist, Walter is wearing knee-length shorts.
  • If Walter is so religious that he is shomer Shabbos he would not be eating (non-kosher) burgers from In-N-Out Burger.
  • There is no explanation how Maude would have known to have called the Dude at the bowling alley, or, even more, how she knew he'd be there at that moment.
  • When Walther smashes the Corvette, the lights are on.
  • When the dude is discussing his payment over getting his money for Jackie, he states to Jackie if he could write him a check for 5% of half million, he states as $5000. 5% of $500,000 is $25,000.
  • Walter does not want to pick up the Dude because it's Shabbos. But later that night, he and the Dude go bowling, which Walter also refuses to do on Shabbos.
  • After the final speech by The Stranger, the camera cuts to a bowler. The bowler starts walking a second too late so it is obvious he is waiting for the camera to pan to him.

Spoilers

  • As the Dude is making his way back from Jackie Treehorn's pad in Malibu to his own apartment in Venice, he is thrown out of the cab and passed by Bunny in her red convertible. However, if Bunny indeed had been in Palm Springs as Brandt later says, there's no way she would have passed along that route on her way home to Pasadena.
  • When Walter and The Dude scatter Donny's ashes, the microphone wire under Dude's shirt is visible when Walter tries to dust him off. Also, a crew member can be seen stood atop another cliff, watching the filming.
  • When the Germans are having dinner, before we see that the girl has a maimed foot, you can clearly see the camera and the camera assistant reflected in the glass.
  • When the Dude and Walter are scattering Donny's ashes, the time of day changes and the waves change direction.
  • When Walter tosses The Big Lebowski on the floor, the man, who is supposed to be a paraplegic, moves his leg.
  • When Walter and the Dude are on the cliff to spread the ashes and Walter is giving his speech, you can see dust on their heads from a previous take.
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