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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Chuck Palahniuk (novel)
Jim Uhls (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 October 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a dangerously brilliant film that entertains as well as enlightens. See more (3012 total) »

Cast

  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Edward Norton ... The Narrator

Brad Pitt ... Tyler Durden

Meat Loaf ... Robert 'Bob' Paulsen (as Meat Loaf Aday)

Zach Grenier ... Richard Chesler

Richmond Arquette ... Intern

David Andrews ... Thomas

George Maguire ... Group Leader

Eugenie Bondurant ... Weeping Woman

Helena Bonham Carter ... Marla Singer

Christina Cabot ... Group Leader

Sydney 'Big Dawg' Colston ... Speaker

Rachel Singer ... Chloe
Christie Cronenweth ... Airline Attendant

Tim DeZarn ... Inspector Bird (as Tim de Zarn)

Ezra Buzzington ... Inspector Dent
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language
Runtime:
139 min | 151 min (workprint version)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Alberta) (original rating) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2013) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2010) | Chile:18 | Colombia:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (cut) (2000) (VHS) | France:16 | Germany:18 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Italy:VM18 (video rating) | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:R21 (Netflix) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 (cable rating) (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #36857)

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Trivia:
When Tyler catches The Narrator listening at the door as he has sex with Marla, he is wearing a rubber glove. This was Brad Pitt's idea, and caused a great deal of controversy with President of Production at Fox 2000 Pictures, Laura Ziskin. She was horrified when she saw the scene and demanded that it be removed. However at a subsequent test screening, the appearance of the glove got the biggest laugh of the whole movie, prompting Ziskin to change her mind.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Bob is dead on the table, he is breathing as the conversation goes on.See more »
Quotes:
Tyler Durden:Do you know what a duvet is?
Narrator:It's a comforter...
Tyler Durden:It's a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then?
Narrator:...Consumers?
Tyler Durden:Right. We are consumers. We're the by-products of a lifestyle obsession.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Valley of the DollsSee more »

725 out of 990 people found the following review useful.
a dangerously brilliant film that entertains as well as enlightens., 10 May 2000
Author: J.D. Lafrance (j.d._lafrance@ridley.on.ca) from St. Catharines, Canada

"Fight Club" an aggressive, confrontational, often brutal satire that is quite possibly a brilliant masterpiece. Taking the "Choose life," anti-consumerism rant at the beginning of "Trainspotting," and carrying it to its logical -- albeit extreme -- conclusion this is a big budget, mainstream film that takes a lot of risks by biting the hand that feeds it. The film's narrator (Edward Norton) is an insignificant cog in the drab, corporate machine, dutifully doing his job and what he's told without question. He's an insomniac slave to his IKEA possessions and only finds joy in going to as many self-help/dealing with terminal diseases sessions as he can. It provides him with an escape from his sleepless nights. That is, until Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), a trashy chain-smoking poser, enters his life and upsets his routine. The narrator also meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charismatic soap salesman whose straightforward honesty, candor and sleazy lounge-lizard outfits are a breath of fresh air. One night, after the two men have bonded over beers, Tyler asks the narrator to hit him. At first, it seems like an absurd request but after they pound on each other for a bit, a strange feeling overcomes them. They feel a kind of release and satisfaction at inflicting pain on one another. In a world where people are desensitized to everything around them, the physical contact of fighting wakes them up and makes them feel truly alive. Others soon join in and pretty soon Fight Club becomes an underground sensation. However, it becomes readily apparent that Tyler has more elaborate plans than just organizing brawls at the local bar. David Fincher has taken the dark, pessimistic worldview of "Seven" and married it with the clever plot twists and turns of "The Game" and assembled his strongest effort to date. "Fight Club" is a $50+ million studio film that remains true to its anti-consumer, anti-society, anti-everything message -- right up to the last, sneaky subliminal frame. What makes "Fight Club" a subversive delight is not only its refreshing anti-corporate message but how it delivers said message. As Fincher has explained in interviews, you don't really watch the film but rather download it. Its structure is extremely playful as it messes around with linear time to an incredible degree. The narrative bounces back and forth all over the place like a novel, or surfing on the Internet -- even making a hilarious dead stop to draw attention to itself in a funny, interesting way that completely works. Yet Norton's deadpanned narration holds everything together and allows the viewer to get a handle on what's happening. This is the way films should be made. Why must we always have to go through the A+B+C formula? "Fight Club" openly rejects this tired, clearly outdated structure in favour of a stylized frenzy of jump cuts, freeze frames, slow motion and every other film technique in the book that only reinforces its anarchistic message. A film like this would have never been greenlighted by a major studio if Brad Pitt had not been attached to the project. Once you see the film, it becomes obvious that he was the only choice for Tyler Durden. Like he did with "Kalifornia" and "Twelve Monkeys", Pitt grunges himself down and disappears completely into his role to a frighteningly convincing degree. During many of the brutal fight scenes, he is transformed into a bloody, pulpy mess that'll surely have the "Legends of the Fall" fans running for the exits. It is an incredible performance -- probably his best -- for the simple fact that he becomes the character so completely. If Pitt has the flashy, gonzo role, Edward Norton is his perfect foil as the seemingly meek yet sardonic narrator. It's a deceptively understated performance as the last third of the film reveals but Norton nails it perfectly. He is clearly our surrogate, our introduction into this strange world and his wry observations on our consumer-obsessed culture are right on the money. They are the perfect setup for Tyler's introduction and his view on the world which is clearly a call to arms of sorts, a manifesto that rejects the notion that we are what we own. And ultimately, that is what "Fight Club" tries to do. The film is a cinematic punch to the head as it challenges the status quo and offers a wakeup call to people immersed in a materialistic world where those who have the most stuff, "win." I think that Fincher's film wants us to tear all that down, reject corporate monsters like Starbucks and Blockbuster, and try to figure out what we really want out of life. It's almost as if the film is suggesting salvation through self-destruction. And it is these thought-provoking ideas that makes "Fight Club" a dangerously brilliant film that entertains as well as enlightens.

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