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Fight Club (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 October 1999 (USA)
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An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Narrator
Robert 'Bob' Paulsen (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Weeping Woman
Christie Cronenweth ...
Airline Attendant
Inspector Bird (as Tim de Zarn)
Inspector Dent


A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion. Written by Anonymous

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Übermut. Chaos. Seife. (Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.) (German release) See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de la pelea  »

Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,035,485 (USA) (15 October 1999)


$37,023,395 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Fincher turned down an offer to direct 8MM (1999) due to his commitment to directing this film. See more »


When the narrator talks to his doctor, the x-ray on the wall behind him is not only back-to-front, but also upside-down. See more »


Tyler Durden: If you could fight anyone, who would you fight?
Narrator: I'd fight my boss, prob'ly.
Tyler Durden: Really.
Narrator: Yeah, why, who would you fight?
Tyler Durden: I'd fight my dad.
Narrator: I don't know my dad. I mean, I know him, but... he left when I was like six years old. Married this other woman, had some other kids. He like did this every six years, he goes to a new city and starts a new family.
Tyler Durden: Fucker's setting up franchises.
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Crazy Credits

Just as the closing credits are about to start, a flash-frame-shot of a penis appears on the screen. See more »


Referenced in Whip It (2009) See more »


Forbidden To Love
Music by Guy Moon
Lyric by Bob Garret
Arrangement by Jeff Haskett
Produced by Guy Moon
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User Reviews

A rare film that challenges the viewer to come up with his own interpretations
18 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Faithfully following Chuck Palahniuk's acerbic satire, Fight Club presents the vast emptiness of modern existence- ridden as it is with shallow values, rampant consumerism, empty of meaning, feeling and life itself- in a slick and ironically consumer oriented fashion. In a different vein from American Beauty, Fight Club explores the solutions to the veritable sleepwalking existence that plagues modern life. The film is violent, but it is not gratuitous violence, and any reviewer who claims that the film is promoting violence has missed the entire point of the film. A very black comedy, it is sure to provoke much conversation- it is definitely a film to see with friends. The film is fast-paced, densely packed and merits a second viewing, just to take it all in, especially if you haven't read the book. In typical Fincher style, you the viewer are left to draw your own conclusions. He feels no impetus to tell you how to interpret what you've seen, appropriate since the film condemns falling victim to the strictures of what society tells us to think and to value. My only criticism is that the editing is not as tight as it could be in the middle section of the film, it drags just a bit then picks up again. Other than that, it should definitely be an Oscar contender.

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