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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 soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.



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Top Rated Movies #10 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »



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


A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler (Brad Pitt) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. Written by Rhiannon

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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 USA:

$11,035,485, 17 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marla calls the narrator for the first time at the abandoned house he and Tyler live in. But the narrator and Marla exchanged numbers before his apartment got blown up and they hadn't talked or seen each other since. When he asked how she got the number, she said "you gave me your forwarding number." See more »


When the Narrator is getting off the table in the police station after getting the gun, the wireless mic pack is visible and connected to his underpants. See more »


Tyler Durden: Fight Club was the beginning, now it's moved out of the basement, it's called Project Mayhem.
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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 »


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Composed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
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User Reviews

Life-changing Fight Club
4 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I am, unfortunately, not one of the faithful Chuck Palahniuk readers who had read the book BEFORE they saw the movie. I, however, couldn't wait to read the book after seeing this film. I've read the book 5 times since and seen the movie more times than I can remember.

Simply put, this movie changed my life. Not just on a personal level (on which I will not comment here except to say I'm now a major Palahniuk fan) but also as a movie-watcher. I view movies differently after seeing this movie, because it broke down doors.

This movie is literally the first time I ever came upon something that, at first sight seemed incredibly stylish, sophisticated and entertaining. The plot lured you in before turning you upside down, the acting was nothing short of perfect (has there ever been a more memorable character than Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden?), the music, the screenplay (based on what is now my all-time favorite book), the lighting, the pacing, the everything! Virtually everything about this movie took my by surprise, save for one man.

David Fincher, director, was probably the only reason I went to see this movie in the first place. His work on 'Seven' and 'The Game' had me excited to see what he would do next, but I came to this movie expecting a stylish flick that offered a good plot and hopefully some good acting but what I got was so much, much more.

Honestly, how many times have you seen a movie that, with every viewing, gets even more complicated yet so simple that you can't help but laugh. Every time I watch this movie I notice something new about it, such is the depth of what is on the screen. Then there's the tiny issue of the story of Fight Club, penned by Chuck Palahniuk (who has one of the most fertile imaginations around. Don't believe me? Read 'Survivor' and weep!) the story is nothing short of incredible, a pure shock-value social commentary on the state of the world at the end of the century. You'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll do all the clichés but most importantly you'll identify with every single thing on the screen.

This movie rates as one of my all-time favorite movies and, simply put, if you haven't seen it yet then quit wasting your time OnLine and get to the nearest videostore!


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