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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.
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"...[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie....Rarely has a film been so keyed into its time..."
"...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
"...FIGHT CLUB is bold, intelligent and thrillingly innovative..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
"...Stunning, mordantly funny, formally dazzling..."
"...Packed with sizzling cinematics, including (no surprise here) another brilliant Edward Norton performance..."
"...The movie is visceral and hard-edged, with levels of irony and commentary above and below the action..."
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