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Fight Club
     

Fight Club

4.8 145
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0024543044796
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:19:00
Sales rank:
8,691

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary by David Fincher; Commentary by David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter; Writer's commentary by Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhls; Technical commentary by Alex McDowell, Jeff Cronenweth, Michael Kaplan, Kevin Haug

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fight Club
1. Fear Center (Main Title)
2. Ground Zero
3. Insomnia
4. Nesting Instinct
5. Remaining Men Together
6. Power Animal
7. Marla
8. Single Serving Jack
9. Tyler
10. Jack's Nice Neat Flaming Shit
11. Lament For a Sofa
12. Odd Jobs
13. Hit Me
14. Paper Street
15. Welcome to Fight Club
16. Infectious Human Waste
17. Sport Fucking
18. Tyler's Secret Formula Soap
19. Chemical Burn
20. The Middle Children of History
21. Homework
22. Jack's Smirking Revenge
23. Project Mayhem
24. Human Sacrifice
25. Space Monkeys
26. Psycho Boy
27. A Near-Life Experience
28. Tyler Says Goodbye
29. Operator Latté Thunder
30. Déjà Vu
31. Changeover
32. Mea Culpa
33. Castrating Cops
34. Kicking and Screaming
35. Walls of Jericho
36. End Credits

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Fight Club 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 7 months ago
I had heard about this, from the quotes and well references about this, etc. Finally saw it and it was interesting, from the camera work, tone and performances.
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a-b-a-n-k-s-c-a-l-e-b More than 1 year ago
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
Yup, violence just the way I like it, mindless but looking good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intelectual understanding on life, while contradicting the outlook of most. Overcoming all fears with making new ones. THE best movie in the WORLD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the previous VHS and DVD versions. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton play simply unforgettable roles in this eye opening movie. 2 thumbs up, BUY THIS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight Club doesn't pull its punches, it doesn't sugar-coat the truth. It gets in the smug faces of everyone and tells them how life really is.
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
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
It is a dark funny and humerous tale. Brad Pitt did a good job
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
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.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were at the top of their game in this movie...fantastic! This is probably one of my favorite movies from during the latter part of the 90s. I simply had to procure this one on blue ray. I got the other version of the blue ray of this, but it wouldn't, for some reason, let me do up a review on that one, so I had to revert to this one to write this review. Normally, older movies like this that I was previously familiar with I don't bother writing a review on here for...because then I would be writing a ton of reviews, and I already write a lot of reviews. However...this is one from the past that I felt was definitely review-worthy, for sure...and it was an obvious choice for upgrade to blue ray, and in honor of that, I simply had to come on here and share. There are even a few extra things added in this version too...and p.s. to any of you who may have bought the 10th anniversary edition or are planning to buy the 10th anniversary edition, when you pop the disc in and it fires up, don't worry...that first selection screen that shows up is just a gag...it's still Fight Club! You'll see when you put it in. I almost about lost it, but then realized what was going on after a second. There are a few brief elements about this movie I wasn't a big fan of, but nothing big, and definitely over lookable...because this movie as a whole is friggin awesome. One of the best movies ever, no question. If any of you reading this have never seen it, (and that means no younger than high school aged, I might add, because this movie isn't for youngins), I suggest you get on the ball and check it out!
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!!!!!
DignifiedFluff More than 1 year ago
"Fight Club" is easily one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. This shouldn't be considered a bold statement for anyone who has seen the movie or read the book, as you are most likely to agree with me. But, I know that there are many people who would choose to stay away from the 'Cult Classic' that this has become; I was one of them. For many years I had avoided the movie "Fight Club" with the rational fear of being disappointed. Chuck Palahniuk's novel had been such an experience that I preferred to stay in the dark when it came to the big-screen interpretation. I can admit that I make mistakes in life. This movie is brilliant, and again, this shouldn't be considered a bold statement. Even after reading the book, you cannot begin to prepare for this movie; even knowing the conclusion, your mind cannot wrap around the end. I can watch this movie on numerous occasions and still feel like I am seeing it for the first time. The "Aha!" factor is endless. I won't compare the movie to the book because both are two totally different experiences and shouldn't be examined so closely. I still enjoy and continue to recommend both, often. But, for your consideration: they do have differences as most book/movie adaption does. So, after saying that, I would probably suggest watching the movie first; get your mind blown away, then read the book for the genesis of such an adventure. Even Chuck Palahniuk considered the movie to be an improvement on his novel. I could go on and on to try and convince you how great this movie is, what I can't do is tell you WHY it's so great without spoiling something; so I'm sorry if I seem purposefully vague. But I CAN try to entice you with a shirtless Brad Pitt, a powerless Edward Norton and a delightfully dark Helena Bonham Carter. ;) Watch "Fight Club". You won't be disappointed. You won't look at soap the same way again. And you won't listen to Meat Loaf without thinking of big boobs. Just remember to follow the rules - I heard they're so crucial, that they had to write the first rule twice... :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton combine to give an unparalled performance. Many people have watched the movie, however, some seem to have missed the philosophical undertones that make the movie truly great. Although a box office blunder, there has been a large cult following for the film. It is a movie that has not found its place in time, yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hands down my all-time favorite. I can't give this movie enough praise. I love this movie, buy it, watch it, absorb it. I don't usually buy DVDs, but this is one I will buy with no doubt in my mind. Worth every cent, they could sell it for $50 and I would still buy this amazing movie. I thought this was going to be another testosterone-injected white trash/slug-fest, but I was so wrong I was sickened with my original thoughts about this cinematic masterpiece. I love this movie. Too bad I can't choose to give it 6 stars...no, make that 7.
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
This movie is truly original. It is realllly bizarre too. If you are into only traditional type movies, I wouldn't recommend this one, but if you like original stuff, here you go. Brad Pitt looks great, and the plot is crrraazzy. Plus, there's Meatloaf looking really disgusting, which is kind of entertaining.