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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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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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When you wake up in a different place at a different time, can you wake up as a different person? 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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Trivia

In conjunction with director David Fincher, first time director of photography Jeff Cronenweth decided to shoot the film using spherical lenses instead of the more common anamorphic lenses. This was primarily because many scenes were to be shot on practical locations using practical lighting, which wouldn't provide enough luminosity for an anamorphic lens to capture the image (anamorphic lenses require more light than spherical lenses for correct exposure). The disadvantage of shooting with spherical lenses is that the negative has to be blown up for the extraction process (unlike an anamorphic negative), meaning that the final print has a grainier texture than that shot using anamorphic. However, both Fincher and Cronenweth felt that this extra grain actually suited the tone of the film, and no attempts were made to clean it up or reduce it in the post-production process. See more »

Goofs

In the car crash scene, Tyler is driving with The Narrator in the front passenger seat. The car flips while going down the embankment. After the car stops moving and finishes upside down, Tyler (Pitt) crawls out of the passenger set, crawls across the exposed bottom of the car and pulls The Narrator (Norton) out of the driver's seat. This may be because The Narrator is actually driving, since he and Tyler are one and the same. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Bird: [20:29] Here's where the infant's head went through the wind-shield. Three points.
Narrator: A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 miles per hour. The rear differential locks up...
Inspector Dent: The teenager's braces are still wrapped around the backseat ashtray. Might make a good anti-smoking ad.
Narrator: The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall?
Inspector Bird: The father must have been huge, see where the fat burned to the seat? The polyester shirt? Very modern art.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Wedding Crashers (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Forbidden To Love
Music by Guy Moon
Lyric by Bob Garret
Arrangement by Jeff Haskett
Produced by Guy Moon
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Probably the best movie of the decade
29 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

After watching this movie I was totally filled with enthusiasm. Fight Club is definitly Fincher's best movie even better than se7en. It's not only the story but the optics which fascinated me. When I had seen it for the second time I could see this movie with the knowledge of the conclusion which is really fascinating as you'll see Fight Club in a totally different perspective. Also great about Fight Club is its soundtrack performed by the Dust Brothers and especially the song 'Where is my mind' by the Pixies which really fit to the end of the movie. Unfortunately Fight Club didn't have much success in Germany but anyway the movie got best reviews of the German press. I also have to mention the brilliance of Ed Norton and Brad Pitt who plays best in roles in which he performs the villain. But it's quiet amazing what Edward Norton is able to do - he is just overwhelming. For that role he has to get the oscar.


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