Fight Club

October 15th, 1999

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Fight Club

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An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 8.8/10 (544,141 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Writers: Chuck Palahniuk, Jim Uhls

Edward Norton - The Narrator
Brad Pitt - Tyler Durden
Helena Bonham Carter - Marla Singer
Meat Loaf - Robert 'Bob' Paulson
Zach Grenier - Richard Chesler
Richmond Arquette - Intern
David Andrews - Thomas
George Maguire - Group Leader
Eugenie Bondurant - Weeping Woman
Christina Cabot - Group Leader
Sydney 'Big Dawg' Colston - Speaker
Rachel Singer - Chloe
Christie Cronenweth - Airline Attendant
Tim De Zarn - Inspector Bird
Ezra Buzzington - Inspector Dent

Taglines: Works great even on blood stains.


Official Website: Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 15 October 1999

Filming Locations: Los Angeles Center Studios - 450 S. Bixel Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,035,485 (USA) (17 October 1999) (1963 Screens)

Gross: $71,000,000 (Worldwide) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Voted #4 in Total Film's 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time list (November 2005).

Boom mic visible: When Tyler is urinating in the soup, the boom microphone becomes visible as it moves to allow him to talk into it. *This has been corrected for the DVD.)

[first lines]
[Tyler points a gun into the Narrator's mouth]
Narrator: [voiceover] People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden.
Tyler Durden: Three minutes. This is it - ground zero. Would you like to say a few words to mark the occasion?
Narrator: ...i... ann... iinn... ff... nnyin...
Narrator: [voiceover] With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels.
[Tyler removes the gun from the Narrator's mouth]
Narrator: I can't think of anything.
Narrator: [voiceover] For a second I totally forgot about Tyler's whole controlled demolition thing and I wonder how clean that gun is.

User Review

This is a very important movie.


When I first saw the previews for this movie, it had me interested. A movie about guys who fight - it didn't seem to deep, but I thought it would provide entertainment. I had heard buzz about, a few of my friends raved about it for a few days, and I was convinced. I should see this movie. I went to my local video store and picked up the last remaining DVD. I popped it in, sat in amazement until the last credit rolled, and then watched it again. And again. And again.

This movie is dark and disturbing, however, it is equally smart and stylistic. I found it hard to watch at points, but I couldn't turn my eyes away. Fight Club makes many bold statements against the modern consumer-driven society, and produces Norton's best performance and Pitt's second best (12 Monkeys).

Norton plays an average-Joe who is living a dead-end life. He needs something to change his life. Tyler and Marla will take care of this, and that is all I want to give away. Other comments will tell you more, but I suggest you let it all sink in while watching. As for it's ending, it doesn't rival 'The Sixth Sense' - it blows it away. One of the best movie endings I've seen. Even better if you're a Pixies fan.

As for it being important, don't worry. You will be hearing about this movie. When 'A Clockwork Orange' came out, it was met with mixed reviews, deemed too dark and violent, and is now considered a classic. These two movies share quite a bit in common - both were based on great books. If you haven't read either, get to it. Politicians will use this movie as a demonstration of careless and consequenceless violence in movies, and as a perfect example of what today's youth are being influenced by.

Watch this movie, and watch it again with some of your more intelligent friends. 10 out of 10.

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