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What does The Dude do with his free time? The usual. Bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.
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updated 8/11/2011 3:18:12 PM ET 2011-08-11T19:18:12

Few movies are as fun to quote as "The Big Lebowski," which comes out on Blu-Ray Aug. 16, and will be celebrated at the New York edition of Lebowski Fest Aug. 15-16.

But when I rewatched it the other night, "Causasian" (what the Dude calls a White Russian) in hand, I realized I'd been quoting some of the lines wrong for years.

I always remembered Jeff Bridges snapping back at the home invaders who've confused him with a richer Lebowski by saying "Does it LOOK like a woman lives here?" But no, the actual line was "Does this place look like I'm f---ing married?"

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And somehow I thought that after his car is stolen, a cop told him "You're not getting your Creedence back." Nope, one cop says "Wouldn't hold out much hope for the tape deck, though," and another responds "Or the Creedence." (Spoiler: But he does!)

The lines, though, are just as great whether you get them exactly right or now. A few favorites:

"Oh, you know, the usual. Bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback." --It's not like the Dude doesn't have hobbies

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"Obviously you're not a golfer." --The Dude explains the presence of a bowling ball in his house

"I am not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."  --There are many choices when addressing the Dude

"Careful, man, there's a beverage here!"  --The Dude must protect his beloved White Russian

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"Just because we're bereaved doesn't mean we're saps." -- Walter points out that funeral urns are darn expensive

"A wiser man than myself once said, 'Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes, the bar eats you.'" --The mysterious narrator known as The Stranger offers up words to live by

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"You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me."  --Walter's right, we don't want to know

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"The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners."  --Yes, Mr. Stranger, we do take comfort in that

"I don't roll on Shabbos!"  --Later on, the Dude argues that Walter is actually Polish Catholic

"Another Caucasian, Gary!"  --There are many ways to order a White Russian

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"I had buddies who died face-down in the muck so you and I could enjoy this family restaurant."  --Walter is pretty intense about Vietnam

"Nice marmot."  --The Dude doesn't think it's so nice when the clawy little guy is tossed in the tub with him. Plus we're not zoologists, but it looks like a ferret

"Sure, I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab, They got four more detectives working on the case."  --What we all imagine happens when our car is stolen or broken into

What's your favorite "Big Lebowski" quote? You don't have to get the wording exactly right, but do share with us on our Facebook page.

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Photos: Unforgettable images from 'The Big Lebowski'

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  1. White Russians

    One of the most iconic images from "The Big Lebowski" is The Dude's (Jeff Bridges) ever-present White Russian, a mix of vodka, Kahlua and half and half. He's very protective of them ("careful, man, there's a beverage here!") and can be creative about ordering one. ("Another Caucasian, Gary.") (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The rug

    When mixed-up would-be thugs break into The Dude's home by mistake, one of them urinates on his rug as a show of force. It's ridiculous, yes, but for The Dude, that makes things personal. He ends up getting a replacement rug from the real "Big Lebowski," which is good because as fans know, it really tied the room together. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The robe

    Let's say The Dude's sense of style is a little laid-back. He's as likely to be seen at the grocery store in slippers and his ever-present robe as he is relaxing in them at home. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Bowling

    When asked what he does for recreation, The Dude tells Maude "Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback." Bowling is a vital part of the Dude's social life, and it's where he and Walter (John Goodman), center, and Donny (Steve Buscemi), right, attempt to get a handle on their oddly complicated lives. Walter, of course, will not roll on Shabbos. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The marmot/ferret and the Nihilists

    German Nihilists have an odd sense of how to torture someone. In one memorable scene, they drop a live animal into The Dude's bathtub while he's in it. He calls it a marmot, but we're pretty sure it's a ferret. Whatever it is, it doesn't like bathing. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The toe

    When The Dude doesn't deliver on his promises, The Big Lebowski hands him a gauze-wrapped little toe sent to him by the supposed kidnappers. As we learn in the end, the toe doesn't belong to Bunny Lebowski, but toes in general are a theme of the movie. In one scene, Bunny flirts with The Dude by asking him to blow on her toenail polish, and in another, Walter almost kills a fellow bowler for letting his toe slip over the foul line. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
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