Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf
Plot: An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Chuck Palahniuk told Premiere Magazine in 1999 that people would come up to him many times and beg him to tell them of real locations for fight clubs.
Director David Fincher has claimed in interviews that there is at least one Starbucks cup visible in every scene in the movie.
Tyler Durden flashes on screen four times before we actually meet him as a character. The easiest to spot is the ad for Bridgeworth Suites.
Before shooting, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton actually took boxing and soap-making classes. Brad Pitt actually went to a dentist to have his front tooth chipped for the role.
Helena Bonham Carter, who is 5’2”, wore huge platform shoes to be closer in height to 5-foot-11-inch Brad Pitt and 6-foot Edward Norton.
During this scene, when a Fight Club member sprays a priest, the camera shakes slightly because the cameraman couldn’t keep from laughing.
Before deciding on Brad Pitt, the producers initially wanted Russell Crowe to play Tyler Durden.
In the scene where the narrator first punches Tyler Durden, Edward Norton was supposed to fake-hit Brad Pitt. But at the last minute, director David Fincher told Edward Norton to actually punch Brad Pitt. Pitt’s wince of pain is real, and you can see Norton laughing about it.
Marla Singer’s phone number is the same as Teddy’s number in the movie Memento.
To look convincingly like sagging flesh, Bob’s fat suit was filled with birdseed. It weighed more than 100 pounds.
The movie contains several subtle hints about the special “relationship” between Tyler Durden and the narrator. For instance, when they both get on a bus together, the narrator only pays the fare for one person. Later in the movie, when they are together in a car that Tyler is driving, the narrator also gets out on the driver’s side.
Tyler Durden was originally going to recite a workable recipe for home-made explosives as he does in the novel. But in the interest of public safety, the filmmakers decided to substitute fictional recipes for the real ones.
Some of fake names used by the narrator in the self-help groups are taken from Planet of the Apes Cornelius, as well as classic roles played by Robert De Niro such as Rupert from The King of Comedy and Travis from Taxi Driver.
When Tyler and the Narrator hit the first car with baseball bats, Tyler hits first, but the alarm is triggered only after the Narrator hits.
In the short scene when Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are drunk and hitting golf balls, they really are drunk, and the golf balls are sailing directly into the side of the catering truck.
In an infamous incident, the Friday that the film was released theatrically in the United States, Rosie O’Donnell appeared on her TV show and revealed that she had seen the film earlier in the week, and had been unable to sleep ever since. She then proceeded to give away the twist ending of the film and urged all of her viewers to avoid the movie at all costs. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and David Fincher discuss this incident on their DVD commentary track, with Pitt calling ‘O’Donnell’s actions “unforgivable”.