Fight Club

Fight Club
"FIGHT CLUB" is embossed on a pink bar of soap in the upper right. Below are head-and-shoulders portraits of Brad Pitt facing the viewer with a broad smile and wearing a red leather jacket over a decorative blue t-shirt, and Edward Norton in a white button-up shirt with a tie and the top button loosened. Norton's body faces right and his head faces the viewer with little expression. Below the portraits are the two actors' names, followed by "HELENA BONHAM CARTER" in smaller print. Above the portraits is "MISCHIEF. MAYHEM. SOAP."
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Fincher
Produced by
Screenplay byJim Uhls
Based onFight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
Music byThe Dust Brothers
CinematographyJeff Cronenweth
Edited byJames Haygood
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 10, 1999 (1999-09-10) (Venice)
  • October 15, 1999 (1999-10-15) (United States)
Running time
139 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[nb 1]
Budget$63 million[2]
Box office$101.2 million[2]

Fight Club is a 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. It is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. Norton plays the unnamed narrator, who is discontented with his white-collar job. He forms a "fight club" with soap salesman Tyler Durden (Pitt), and becomes embroiled in a relationship with a destitute woman, Marla Singer (Bonham Carter).

Palahniuk's novel was optioned by Fox 2000 Pictures producer Laura Ziskin, who hired Jim Uhls to write the film adaptation. Fincher was selected because of his enthusiasm for the story. He developed the script with Uhls and sought screenwriting advice from the cast and others in the film industry. He and the cast compared the film to Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and The Graduate (1967), with a theme of conflict between Generation X and the value system of advertising.[4][5]

Studio executives did not like the film, and they restructured Fincher's intended marketing campaign to try to reduce anticipated losses. Fight Club failed to meet the studio's expectations at the box office, and received polarized reactions from critics. It was cited as one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999. The film later found commercial success with its DVD release, establishing Fight Club as a cult classic and causing media to revisit the film. On the tenth anniversary of the film's release, The New York Times dubbed it the "defining cult movie of our time."[6]

  1. ^ a b "Fight Club – Detail view of Movies Page". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Fight Club (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Fight Club (1999)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
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  6. ^ Lim, Dennis (November 6, 2009). "Forget Rule No. 1: Still Talking About 'Fight Club'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2019.

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