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
In 2008, the film was named the 10th greatest movie of all time by Empire magazine in its issue of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. See more »
At the end of the movie when the buildings detonate, the city block, or more so a localized city, would have caused the plate glass where the characters were standing on the floor of the adjacent building, to rumble or even crack or shatter, followed by a massive churning wall of dust to slam against the windows. See more »
I got this dress at a thrift store for one dollar.
It was worth every penny.
It's a bridesmaid's dress. Someone loved it intensely for one day, and then tossed it. Like a Christmas tree. So special. Then, bam, it's on the side of the road.
[Grabs Narrator's crotch]
Tinsel still clinging to it. Like a sex crime victim. Underwear inside out. Bound with electrical tape.
Well, then it suits you.
You can borrow it sometime.
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Just as the closing credits are about to start, a flash-frame-shot of a penis appears on the screen. See more »
In the Japanese version of the movie, due to censorship rules over showing genitalia, there are no penis shots in the whole movie. See more »
Superb, and truly one of the greatest movies of all time.
It starts with the screenplay. Adapted from, and very faithful to, an excellent book. The book by Chuck Palahniuk was perfect for a movie: vivid, powerful, challenging, original, unpredictable. Considering how perfectly formed the book already was, the screenplay would have been a doddle.
Some very interesting themes are explored - consumerism, class warfare, multiple-personality disorder, male bonding, terrorism and anarchy - without being judgemental.
Direction is spot-on. Perfect cinematography, pacing and editing. The twists and nuances of the book are captured perfectly.
Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are perfectly cast as the two lead characters, and deliver in spades. Helena Bonham Carter is a strange selection to take on the role of Marla, as she tends to act in Shakespearean dramas and other period pieces. However, despite this, her performance is very convincing.
An absolute classic.
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