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Fight Club (1999)

R | | Drama | 15 October 1999 (USA)
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An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Narrator
... Tyler Durden
... Robert 'Bob' Paulsen (as Meat Loaf Aday)
... Richard Chesler
... Intern
... Thomas
... Group Leader
... Weeping Woman
... Marla Singer
... Group Leader
... Speaker
... Chloe
Christie Cronenweth ... Airline Attendant
... Inspector Bird (as Tim de Zarn)
... Inspector Dent
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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

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15 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de la pelea  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$37,030,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,853,753
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although he refused to smoke in Rounders (1998) (his character played poker for cigarettes, but did not smoke), Edward Norton agreed to smoke for this film. See more »

Goofs

Even though Rule 6 is No shirts, no shoes, Bob (Meat Loaf) fights with a shirt on. But despite one of the eight rules being you are not allowed to wear shirts or shoes during fights was because Meat Loaf's fat suit had to be covered during these scenes. See more »

Quotes

[about Tyler splicing frames of pornography into family films]
Narrator: So when the snooty cat, and the courageous dog, with the celebrity voices meet for the first time in reel three, that's when you'll catch a flash of Tyler's contribution to the film.
[the audience is watching the film, the pornography flashes for a split second]
Narrator: Nobody knows that they saw it, but they did...
Tyler Durden: A nice, big cock...
[several audience members look rattled, a little girl is crying]
Narrator: Even a hummingbird couldn't catch Tyler at ...
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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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Referenced in Happyland: Never Break Character (2014) See more »

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Cafeteria
Written by Christian Poulet
Performed by Cezame Argile
Courtesy of Koka Media/Killer Tracks
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Brilliant Direction and Superb Acting
6 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Fight Club is a brash slap in the face of consumerism and the working dead. It questions reality. It is strikingly thought provoking and visually stimulating. The direction is incredibly brilliant. Director David Fincher (Aliens, Se7en and The Game) is at his finest here warping both space and time, dropping in things here and there to make things clear. Edward Norton is excellent as Jack, the narrator of the movie. He is a nerdy insomniac who catalog shops at Ikea and has a going nowhere job. Brad Pitt is dynamic as Tyler Durden, an anarchistic man who lives in a run-down abandoned house and makes and sells soap for a living. Helen Bonham Carter is also great as Marla Singer, the manic-depressive chain-smoking woman in both their lives. Her role is critical and she plays it well.

There has been some controversy about the violence in this film but it is not gratuitous violence, it is part of the story and serves it well. It is much less than what you would see in your average Hollywood blockbuster. This is actually an insightful film and in many ways similar to American Beauty, although this film is much more in your face about it's message. If you are squeamish, you may not want to see it. There are some very painful bloody scenes, but if you can stomach it, then check it out. There is also a huge twist in this film that almost rivals the twist at the end of The Sixth Sense. And I must admit, it is the twist in this film that made me really love it. The best audience for this film is men in their 20's or 30's, but anyone that can appreciate film as a modern art should like it. One of the best films of 1999.


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