A decade after its disappointing box-office release, The Big Lebowski endures as a cult classic, inspiring academic papers, annual festivals, and hot new comics like Seth Rogen. To find out why, Rolling Stone tracked down the cast and a few hardcore fans who say Lebowski is more a movement than a film—Jeff Bridges' "Dude" represents a Zen-like way of life.
A fortysomething slacker content to drink, get stoned, and bowl, "The Dude" gets swept up in absurd situations beyond his control. His yen for personal freedom seems to strike a chord in today's fast-paced technological society. "The Dude abides," says castmate Philip Seymour Hoffman. "I think that's something people really yearn for, to be able to live their life like that." (Read more Coen brothers stories.)