Fight Club

Fight Club (1999)

42 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Marla gives the Narrator her phone number, she writes it on his hand. But after the Narrator's apartment is blown up, he picks up her phone number off the ground on a scrap of paper.

Correction: The apartment blows up in a later scene, and if the narrarator wanted to keep the number permanently he'd have to transfer it to something other than his hand.

Phoenix

Corrected entry: After Ed Norton's apartment blows up, he calls Brad Pitt and they meet at a bar. In the bar when Brad Pitt lights a cigarette its between his middle and index finger. The shot changes and then returns back to Pitt very quickly and the cigarette has changed positions to between his thumb and index finger.

Correction: The cigarette is still between his first two fingers when the camera comes back to him, but Pitt gestures and moves the cigarette to between his thumb and index finger.

Phoenix

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton is walking down the street he runs into Bob, and Bob tells him he joined fight club. He also tells him about Tyler. If Ed Norton is Tyler and Ed Norton is one of his friends wouldn't he notice they look exactly alike, or at least say he looks like him?

ShooterMcGavin34

Correction: By this point, there are several fight clubs - the Narrator and Bob discover during their conversation that they attend on different nights. Bob merely knows about Tyler from what he's heard from other club members - he's never actually met him, so he doesn't realise that Tyler and the Narrator are one and the same.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, when Ed and Brad are fighting in the parking garage, as Brad punches and throws Ed around like a rag doll, Ed's face goes back and forth between being caked in blood and being clean from shot to shot.

Correction: His face goes back and forth between being clean and bloody, because he is imagining the fight.

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton enters the building in which the final scenes take place, he runs in and stops. Behind him and to his right, the "garage/escalators" sign is visible. When it shows him turn and read it, he turns to his left. (02:05:30)

Correction: It appears to me that the "garage/escalators" signs are both on his left and his right. There are two different signs, on each side, pointing in the same direction. So this appears to not be an error.

Corrected entry: In the scene in the cinema, Ed Norton says that while the rest of us slept Tyler worked as a projectionist. However, the cinema is full of children and showing a cartoon, so its unlikely Tyler works in the cinema at such a late time.

Correction: Ed says this because when Tyler is working, "Ed" (or Jack, or the Narrator, whatever you wish to call him) is sleeping. ED is Tyler. So when Tyler does these 'other' things, Ed cannot account for his time, so he believes he's asleep. So these things could happen at any time of the day or night.

Jack's Revenge

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are fighting in the parking garage, Brad flips Ed into the ticket dispensing machine for admission into the garage. After the ticket dispences, we see the parking gate bar lift up. However the bar on these machines does not operate until the ticket is removed from the machine. I don't believe either Brad or Ed stopped the fight to take the ticket. (02:08:10)

Correction: Not necessarily. Some of these machines lift the bar when the ticket is dispensed, and then drop the bar after the ticket is removed (after a delay to allow the car to move forward). The dispensers behaved like this at my local airport for several years.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: Right after the car crash scene, Ed gets out of the driver's side even though Tyler had been the one driving.

Correction: Ed, Brad and David Fincher discuss this on the audio commentary. This is not a mistake because Ed Norton was in fact driving since Tyler does not exist. So Ed envisions Brad pulling him out the driver side when he actually got out that side himself.

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton's character is on the toilet ordering stuff from Furni, he wears no tie. Later on - still on the phone - he opens the doors of a kitchen closet where you see him wearing one. (00:04:40)

Correction: In the scene where Ed Norton is on the toilet, he is indeed wearing a tie before and after he leaves the bathroom. Look carefully and the tie is thrown over his shoulder and tucked behind the phone and out of view. If he did not wear his tie in such a way, the end would fall into the toilet bowl drenching the tie.

Corrected entry: After entering the Paper Street house, all Space Monkeys shave their heads, even Mr. Durden himself, yet the blonde guy never does.

Correction: Neither does the Narrator or Bob and the Narrator comes across a couple of other space monkeys in other cities with hair, perhaps Tyler made exceptions to the rule for certain people.

Corrected entry: Project Mayhem has a fundamental flaw in its execution. Tyler wants to erase all credit card and other financial records by blowing up the headquarters of major credit card and other finance related companies. Unfortunately for Tyler, these companies back up all their data, usually at the end of each day. The data is stored at a Disaster Recovery Site (DRS) which is away from the main building, usually in an anonymous warehouse way out in the suburbs. If the main storage facility at corporate headquarters is destroyed, the data is recoverable from the DRS. While there would be considerable disruption, the credit card companies would still know their customers outstanding debt balances. By way of example, the 9/11 terrorist attacks caused a great deal of disruption for the financial institutions around the World Trade Centre. However, very little data was lost permanently.

Correction: Isn't this just a mistake in thinking on Tyler's part? He doesn't realize that the records are backed up off site, lots of movies have one of the characters making a thinking mistake and I don't think that it's an error in the movie, but just an error in the knowledge of the character.

Corrected entry: After Ed's apartment blows up, he goes to use the pay phone. He inserts money, dials the number, and the phone rings several times before he decides to hang it up. The phone doesn't refund the change like it should.

Timothy Conard

Correction: This isn't a mistake. It's another clue that the conversation with "Tyler" is an imaginary one. The other clue is the fact that there is text on the phone that says it cannot accept incoming calls - yet when Tyler "calls back", the phone rings, and the Narrator picks up.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When tyler is just about to burn Jack's hand with lye, he says "may i see your hand please" Jack holds out his hand and Tyler takes it. At this point in the film we see that Tyler is wearing a pair of black gloves, He burns Jack's hand with lye and holds it in place so Jack can't get away. You can plainly see the gloves. Tyler then takes the goggles he is wearing off and you see his hand has no glove on. But his hands were on Jack's all the time.

Correction: Just before Tyler takes off his goggles, he hits the table with his right hand and then swings it fast on his right. If you look closely, you will notice he did that to throw away the glove.

Corrected entry: During the scene when the members of fight club are lined up getting their assignments, you can see Bob in the background using an oxygen mask because the producers feared meatloaf would hyperventilate from the weight of the fat suit. (01:19:35)

Correction: This isn't a mistake it's part of the movie. He's just so fat (in the movie) that he must have brought one with him.

Corrected entry: Towards the end when Jack/Tyler and Marla are standing and watching the exploding buildings, we can see that in these buildings the lights are on. This means that people must have been in there. The intention was not to kill anyone. (02:10:00)

Correction: Not necessarily. I used to work in an office building and no one ever turned the lights off at night. Our whole floor would be lit up at midnight (I drove by it on the random Saturday night), but no one was there.

Kaite13

Corrected entry: In the scene when Norton is talking to Helena Bonham Carter on the phone when she is going to commit suicide, she says something like "Have you ever heard a death rattle" at that point Edward Norton is still holding the phone. But when Brad Pitt is telling the story to Edward Norton it is Pitt who is listening to her say those same words.

Correction: Two explanations: Given the revelation at the end of the story, it's perfectly possible that "Tyler" heard Marla say this while "Jack" was on the phone. Or Marla repearted herself at a later point.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Tyler, (Ed Norton), and 2 other guys from the house are speeding down the road in the rain at night, after the car accident, Tyler goes through his window, and over their car that is flipped upside down to check on (Ed Norton). When he is crawling across the car to get to the other side, he places his hands on the exhaust pipes that run from the exhaust manifolds on the motor to the catalytic converter.. I realize the adrenaline is probably pumping, but those are 200+ degrees and he doesn't flinch or show any sign of pain when grabbing them with his hands.

Timothy Conard

Correction: Tyler is a figment of Ed Norton's imagination, so he can do anything Norton wants him to.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, the camera drops below the building Tyler is holding the narrator hostage in to show that there is a bomb below them. At the end of the movie, their building does not explode (Ed Norton did unplug the bomb, but Tyler connected it back, you can see the clock ticking again at the beginning of the movie, and why else would he break the key in the lock to prevent re-entry?) The screen writer commentary on the DVD said that the building was not supposed to explode - when Ed Norton passed out from being thrown down the stairs at the end, he was taken to a different building without a bomb. However, if that's the case, then why did the first part of the movie show the building right on top of a bomb? either way someone made a big mistake here.

Correction: If you read the book, the Narrator explains two ways to make a bomb. One involves Paraffin. He says this method has never worked for him. At the end, when the bomb doesn't go off, he says "I guess Paraffin doesn't work for Tyler either." Or something to that extent.

Corrected entry: In the end scene, Tyler continually checks his watch and dictates the time. At one point, he says 60 seconds. If you actually time it, it takes a lot more than 60 seconds before the explosions, I think it's something on the order of two minutes.

Correction: The time between Tyler saying '60 seconds' and the explosions had to be longer than a minute in order to include all the necessary dialog. If you recall, when the characters played by Ed Norton and Brad Pitt speak to each other its actually one person speaking to himself. Since Tyler Durden is just talking to himself, theoretically all of this could've happened in his head in well under a minute.

Corrected entry: When Edward Norton calls Tyler Durden for the first time, at the pay phone, the business card he reads the number off of says "Bedford" (or Bradford, I don't remember) and then gives the zip code, "19808". 19808 is the zip code of Wilmington, Delaware, where the book was originally set. There also is no Paper Street in Wilmington, Delaware.

Correction: Actually, there IS a Paper Street in Wilmington, Delaware. As a matter of fact, all of the addresses in the movie, including the ones that are used as the buildings that are going to be exploded exist and are in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Continuity mistake: Close to the end when Edward Norton runs up to the front of the empty building and Brad Pitt appears, he tries to break the glass door by pushing a bench into the door, but it doesn't work. He doesn't move the bench and he then shoots at the glass and breaks it. When it shows him walking through the broken door, the bench has disappeared. (02:05:10)

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Tyler Durden: The first rule of fight club: You don't talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club: You do NOT talk about fight club.

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Trivia: There are several places where Edward Norton sees Brad Pitt for a split second before he actually meets him - beside the photocopy machine, talking to the doctor, at the testicular cancer group, when Marla is in the alley, and when watching TV when the waiters say "Welcome". Also Tyler is the one who steals the Camaro after Tyler and the narrator meet for the first time.

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