Yeah it seemed like folks started catching on within a couple years after its release
Posted by Pugeye on March 8, 2018, 9:15 am, in reply to "Re: If it still qualifies, it's gotta be the most popular "cult" film of all time"
Don't remember the reviews upon its release (as I typically don't pay attention to that shit) but don't think they were particularly positive and it seemed like at least a year went by before word of mouth started to go into effect (probably due to the video release). But yeah, I graduated high school in 2001 and at that point, it was already extremely popular. Have mentioned this here before but right after graduation I got my first job at a video rental spot and was there for a year or 2, during which I heard more customers call "Lebowski" their all time favorite film than any other title (though to be fair, this was partly because we were constantly watching it in the store).