- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 27, 2002
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital THX EX 6.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- THX Mastered Audio
- Additional Release Material:
- David Fincher - Director
- David Fincher - Director, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton - Stars
- Chuck Palahniuk - Author, Jim Uhls - Screenwriter
- Special Effects Supervisors
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Tyler, you are by far the most interesting single serving friend I have ever met. [Pauses] See, I have this thing...everything on a plane is single serving..."--Narrator (Edward Norton) to Tyler (Brad Pitt)
"Oh, I get it. It's very clever."--Tyler
"How's that working out for you'"--Tyler
"Keep it up then."
"I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect."
"The things you own end up owning you."
"I want you to do me a favor."--Tyler to Narrator
"I want you to hit me as hard as you can."--Tyler
"I want you to hit me...as hard as you can."
"After fighting, everything else in your life got the volume turned down. You could deal with anything."
- Narrator, in voice-over
"I am Jack's smirking revenge."
- Narrator, in voice-over
"Gentlemen, welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is...you do not talk about Fight Club."
"You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you."
- Tyler to Narrator
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
"The first one through this door gets a...gets a lead salad!"
- Narrator, as he waves a gun at police officers
"I am Jack's complete lack of surprise."
- Narrator, in voice-over
"...[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie....Rarely has a film been so keyed into its time..."
Rolling Stone - 10/28/1999
"...The film's bold, bruising humor leaves marks on a wide range of hot-button issues....FIGHT CLUB pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing in the face of an abyss..."
Sight and Sound - 12/??/1999
Total Film - 06/01/2000
"...FIGHT CLUB is bold, intelligent and thrillingly innovative..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Film Comment - 09/01/1999
"...Stunning, mordantly funny, formally dazzling..."
USA Today - 10/15/1999
"...Packed with sizzling cinematics, including (no surprise here) another brilliant Edward Norton performance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/15/1999
"...The movie is visceral and hard-edged, with levels of irony and commentary above and below the action..."
David Fincher's adrenaline-fueled adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel is a satirical, absurdist romp highlighted by the director's edgy visual flair.
Based On A Novel |
Black Comedy |
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: October 15, 1999.
- FIGHT CLUB premiered at the CMJ Film Festival on September 21, 1999.
- Filmed in Los Angeles, California.
- Director David Fincher shot over 1,500 reels of film, which is over three times the usual amount of footage used for most feature-length films.
- The house on Paper Street was specifically designed for the film and built from the ground up in a deserted industrial zone.
- Edward Norton's character is actually unnamed, but is sometimes referred to as "Jack," which comes from a medical book he reads in the Paper Street house. In the book, internal body organs speak as characters, saying things like "I am Jack's colon." As the movie progresses, the narrator makes up his own statements such as "I am Jack's raging bile duct."
- Subliminal images are present throughout the film. Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) flashes onto the screen in four split-second appearances before actually encountering Edward Norton's character. Tyler also briefly appears in a television ad (for an upscale restaurant) that "Jack" watches from his hotel room. Later, Tyler is shown splicing pornographic footage into family films while working in a projection booth. At the end of the film, there's a quick shot of one of these images.
- Brad Pitt removed the cap from his chipped front tooth for certain scenes.
- Visual effects supervisor Kevin Scott Mack (who designed the elaborate title sequence) appears as a terrified passenger in the scene where the narrator imagines his plane ripping apart in a mid-air collision.
- In the house on Paper Street, there's an issue of Movieline magazine with Drew Barrymore on the cover. Barrymore costarred with Norton in Woody Allen's EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.
- In addition to the Dust Brothers' score, the film also features the songs "Goin' Out West" by Tom Waits and "Where Is My Mind'" by the Pixies.
- The Online Film Critics Society named FIGHT CLUB Best DVD, Best DVD Special Features, and Best DVD Commentary; Entertainment Weekly named it the second best DVD of 2000.