Fight Club

Fight Club

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Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

     
 

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In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world…  See more details below

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In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world at large; he's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he'll have people to talk to. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charming iconoclast who sells soap. Tyler doesn't put much stock in the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. Tyler cheerfully challenges his new friend to a fight. Our Narrator finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, meeting informally to fight once a week. As more men join in, the "fight club" becomes an underground sensation, even though it's a closely guarded secret among the participants. (First rule: Don't talk about fight club. Second rule: Don't talk about fight club.) But as our Narrator and Tyler bond through violence, a strange situation becomes more complicated when Tyler becomes involved with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), whom our Narrator became infatuated with when they were both crashing the support-group circuit. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club was directed by David Fincher, who previously directed Pitt in the thriller Seven.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unrelentingly savage and diabolically witty, Fight Club romanticizes violence as the last recourse of men who feel emasculated by the drudgery and predictability of modern urban life. That sentiment is initially articulated by narrator Edward Norton, playing an angst-ridden corporate drone who anesthetizes himself with mindless consumerism and support-group participation. Norton's unnamed character is roused from his torpor after encountering soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt, sweeping away the last vestiges of his glamour-boy image), charismatic leader of disaffected males who hold clandestine meetings and achieve self-realization by pummeling one another into submission. Director David Fincher (Seven), working from an irony-laced script by Jim Uhls (adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk), drenches his able cast in testosterone and assaults the audience with graphic sequences of hand-to-hand combat. Mesmerizing in its almost fetishistic depiction of brutality, Fight Club seizes the viewer's attention from the beginning and grips it firmly through the shocking surprise ending.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A definitive case of a movie that has yet to find its time, David Fincher's unnerving and cataclysmic look at the male psyche takes no prisoners and makes no apologies, which is precisely why the film is so powerful. A kind of stepchild to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange in terms of its thematic relevancy and misunderstood nature, Fight Club looks and feels like almost nothing that has preceded it. Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter all successfully subvert their onscreen personas, and give fully committed portrayals that never get buried in the film's dazzling set pieces. More than any film of the 1990s, it was hotly debated in terms of its cinematic worth. Some critics deemed it fascist and overheated, condemning the film for its refusal to a create an easily delineated platform on the issues it raises. Others praised the film for this very reason, citing its ability to challenge the minds of moviegoers. The film was a surprising misfire in its initial release, but a legion of die-hard fans subsequently developed. It wouldn't be at all surprising if it goes on to achieve the delayed status of a work such as Blade Runner, another film panned by critics and audiences when it was released that is now viewed as a significantly influential movie and a banner example of film theory on screen.

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Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0024543003069
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

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Fight Club 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
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i remember my brother watching this movie before i did, and he told me it sucked. so that kind of scared me away from it. then i found it cheap in wal-mart so i decided to give it a try, and wow, my brother sucks because he made me not watch it for awhile. this movie has everything, violence (extreme violence), comedy, mystery. if you haven't watched it yet give it a try, it may not be for everyone, but it is still a good movie with great actors.
John85 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a story that you cannot predict, or if you enjoy philological thrillers such as V for Vendetta or The Game, you will enjoy this movie. Fight club is not your everyday movie that is about mindless and shallow violence, with an original plot and many twists in the story it is sure to keep the viewers' attention. Fight club for those who have not seen in it, is definitely a movie you will talk about afterwards. It puts an interesting spin on commercialism and is sure to go down in the history as one of the greatest films ever written and directed. The movie itself is now 12 years old and it continues to be listed as many people favorite movie. With its dark comedy and thrilling plot it undoubtedly is like no movie you have ever seen. In 2003 it was listed as one of the top 50 guy's movies, and in 2004 and in 2006 it was voted as the eighth or ninth greatest movie of all time. The line "The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club" as rated as the 27th greatest movie line of all time. I would recommend reading the novel before watching the movie. Like all books made into a movie it is not quite as good as the book. The book captures the message of story even better than the movie, but the movie does a good job portraying the books overall message.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was very good. the ending will have you saying ''what the heck, huh what no way'' you have to see it twice, th second time with a whole different asppect. ''project mayehem''
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film is great. there's not one flaw to this film that i can think of. it's just fabulous! great acting, script, directing, filming, music, great everything. see it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thoug this was another Brad Pitt 'I love myself' film think again... The guy is great but Ed Norton is simply amazing as usual (Ref: Primal Fear & American History X)... I have seen this 3 times and still hungar for more... I read the book which is a little different but well worth the read as well... I would tell you about the book and film in more depth.. but the first rule of Fight Club is... you don't talk about Fight Club Happy viewing!!! ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fight Club is a title which the upscale customer could easily pass by, in the mistaken belief that the movie shares a kinship with shallow, martial arts action films. In actuality, this film is about as shallow as the North Sea, and, if one is not focused, just as murky. The main concept of Fight Club centers on the general disillusionment and existential angst of it's main character, Jack, a computerized, homogenized urban denizen. As Jack becomes unhinged, he takes the viewer on a spirited romp through a bizarre landscape of raw violence and mayhem, as if his character were regressing in a paleoanthropic manner. It soon becomes apparent, however, that all is not as it seems. Jack's new friend, played lustily by Brad Pitt, forces the viewer to reconsider that first awkward question in undergrad Philopophy 101 - ''what is real?'' Heady stuff for even the most high powered intellectual. This movie will stimulate and challenge the viewer. It's violent content speaks to the base instincts that underlie the veneer of civilization.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely the best of 1999. For reasons infathomable to me, it only got one Oscar nomination (for sound editing). This is a complex, visually interesting, socially significant film. I cannot recommend it more highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best I've seen in years. I was caught up in the story from the beginning, odd for me because of my dislike of violence. However this movie is not just a beat em up. There's a great twist at the end which makes you question all of the preceeding movie. This is why it must be watched multiple times. Everytime I see this movie I gain a deeper sense of it's theme, and catch interesting tidbids i'd passed over before. Buy it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite movie of all time. I have heard many mixed reviews on the movie, but I must say everything about it is superb. The acting, production, and soundtrack. Fight Club has an outrageous twist, as well as many interesting social philosophies that must be studied. The movie must be taken as literally as possible by the viewer, and they must understand that all of this could happen. And that may scare some people, but that is good! The movie was made as a warning! BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As all the others have said, this movie is amazing. It is without a doubt my favourite movie. Edward Norton is amazing in it, as always. I've seen this movie well over 15 times and I can never get enough. It is very twisted, thought provoking, controversial, and funny too. The ending will completely mess up your mind so you must see it at least twice! I've heard many different opinions on this movie, but I think it is a must see for everyone. And it's not all about violence as many people I've talked to about it seem to think. There's a lot of underlying messages- you really need to think about it all, (another reason to see it more than once). It will leave you questioning every aspect of your life. I'm very surprised 'Fight Club' isn't as well known, or publicly acclaimed as it should be.. Amazing, amazing movie- get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a story of two personalities in one man. one is his normal boring life and his second is Tyler Durdon, the person who doesn't care about anything. this is someone he thinks is there but is only what he wants to be. confused yet? you will be but it becomes clear in the end!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most thought-provoking movies I've seen in a long time. Darkly humorous and cynical about our culture of consumption, this movie tells the story of one man seeking to find meaning in life through primal experience. The ending is a complete mind-twist. Tired of remakes, sequels and mindless special effects fluff? Watch ''Fight Club.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so deep, it's almost impossible to understand the first time...that is, until the end. All of a sudden, everything is so clear that you just have to watch it again to pick up all that you missed. It's insightful, and entertains an unconventional perspective on life, that begins to make sense as you watch. A definate favorite of mine! It gets better everytime you watch it! If it doesn't change your life...it should!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good things about this film! I must admit that I avoided seeing this movie for a long time because I thought it was just a testosterone-filled violence-fest. Boy, was I wrong! This movie is one of the greatest, most thought-provoking, mind-twisting movies I have ever seen. The trailers that were shown in the theaters showed you only a tiny portion of the plot. Brilliantly directed, scripted, and acted, it challenges your view of society and gives you so much food for thought, you'll need to see it at least twice to make sure you get it all. Fight Club has become my favorite movie of all time. I saw it for the first time over a month ago, and I still can't stop talking about it. I have also ordered the book by Chuck Palahnuik (which I will pick up from my local B&N tonight!) and I can't wait to read it. You MUST see this movie! It's a brilliant social commentary that will have you questioning everything you believe about modern society - and maybe even yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I thought it was just going to be a major guy flick with alot of fighting and gore.There was more to the movie than that.The plot is the most complicated I've seen, but if you follow it, it will be worth watching over and over and over. I think that the ending is one, maybe the best I've seen. Edward Norton is superb with his comments throughout the movie. Brad Pitt, who I really didnt like from his other movies, changed my mind about his acting from this movie. I have no idea how the director of this movie thought up this complex story. I own this on DVD, and I'm sure this will go down as a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I repeat wow. I saw the trailers for Fight Club and thought it would be some stupid action/gore fest that would attract legions of males and have no story or plot at all. BOY was I wrong. The story will blow you away, the acting is superb, and the message that is conveyed will get you thinking... about life, the society you live in, and yourself. It's the kind of movie you can watch over and over and over again. It has become my favorite movie of all time. A classic- dont wait go get a copy of it right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie about 7 times and each time i see something new. I love the cinemetography and the acting. Brad Pit and Edward Norton are the best! It's got the best suprise ending! if you havn't seen it please rent it or buy it it is my all time fave. movie!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have already guessed what this movie is about by its title, take what speculations you may have accumulated and forget they ever existed. Once you step into Fight Club, be prepared to have your brain flipped inside out by this mind-boggling movie. Even as I watched this movie for the fifth time, I found something new. The story revolves around a man who's life seemed to have no excitement. He meets another man one night and had a violent encounter. Having given up on their lives, they wanted to start a club where fighting is life, and nothing else mattered. There was one very important rule in Fight Club... when you enter, you must fight. Watch as these two men encounter many hardships as the leaders of Fight Club. After watching this movie, ask yourself this question... ''How well do you know yourself?''
Guest More than 1 year ago
great