This is why the Coen brothers are so good at dialogue:

The Big Lebowski

This is not my favorite Coen brothers movie, but it’s one with some pretty fucking awesome dialogue.

Why is it awesome? (cuz some people might say it’s just a bunch of garbled profanity.) I’m no screenwriting teacher. This scene plays like a fucking fiddle. All I’m saying.

The Dude, also holding a large plastic cup of Bud, wears some of its foam on his mustache.

                                     WALTER
                         This was a valued rug.

               He elaborately clears his throat.

                                     WALTER
                         This was, uh--

                                     DUDE
                         Yeah man, it really tied the room
                         together--

                                     WALTER
                         This was a valued, uh.

               Donny, the strike-scoring bowler, enters and sits next Walter.

                                     DONNY
                         What tied the room together, Dude?

                                     WALTER
                         Were you listening to the story,
                         Donny?

                                     DONNY
                         What--

                                     WALTER
                         Were you listening to the Dude's
                         story?

                                     DONNY
                         I was bowling--

                                     WALTER
                         So you have no frame of reference,
                         Donny.  You're like a child who
                         wanders in in the middle of a movie
                         and wants to know--

                                     DUDE
                         What's your point, Walter?

                                     WALTER
                         There's no fucking reason--here's my
                         point, Dude--there's no fucking reason--

                                     DONNY
                         Yeah Walter, what's your point?

                                     WALTER
                         Huh?

                                     DUDE
                         What's the point of--we all know who
                         was at fault, so what the fuck are
                         you talking about?

                                     WALTER
                         Huh?  No!  What the fuck are you
                         talking--I'm not--we're talking about
                         unchecked aggression here--

                                     DONNY
                         What the fuck is he talking about?

                                     DUDE
                         My rug.

                                     WALTER
                         Forget it, Donny.  You're out of
                         your element.

                                     DUDE
                         This Chinaman who peed on my rug, I
                         can't go give him a bill so what the
                         fuck are you talking about?

                                     WALTER
                         What the fuck are you talking about?!
                         This Chinaman is not the issue!  I'm
                         talking about drawing a line in the
                         sand, Dude.  Across this line you do
                         not, uh--and also, Dude, Chinaman is
                         not the preferred, uh. . . Asian-
                         American.  Please.

                                     DUDE
                         Walter, this is not a guy who built
                         the rail- roads, here, this is a guy
                         who peed on my--

                                     WALTER
                         What the fuck are you--

                                     DUDE
                         Walter, he peed on my rug--

                                     DONNY
                         He peed on the Dude's rug--

                                     WALTER
                         YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT!  This
                         Chinaman is not the issue, Dude.

                                     DUDE
                         So who--

                                     WALTER
                         Jeff Lebowski.  Come on.  This other
                         Jeffrey Lebowski.  The millionaire.
                         He's gonna be easier to find anyway
                         than these two, uh. these two  . . .
                         And he has the wealth, uh, the
                         resources obviously, and there is no
                         reason, no FUCKING reason, why his
                         wife should go out and owe money and
                         they pee on your rug.  Am I wrong?

                                     DUDE
                         No, but--

                                     WALTER
                         Am I wrong!

                                     DUDE
                         Yeah, but--

                                     WALTER
                         Okay. That, uh.That rug really tied the room together, did it not?

                                     DUDE
                         Fuckin' A.

                                     DONNY
                         And this guy peed on it.

                                     WALTER
                         Donny!  Please!

                                     DUDE
                         Yeah, I could find this Lebowski guy--

                                     DONNY
                         His name is Lebowski?  That's your
                         name, Dude!

                                     DUDE
                         Yeah, this is the guy, this guy should
                         compensate me for the fucking rug.
                         I mean his wife goes out and owes
                         money and they pee on my rug.

                                     WALTER
                         Thaaat's right Dude; they pee on
                         your fucking Rug.
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