Fight Club

Fight Club (1999)

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Corrected entry: In the bathroom scene when project mayhem are confronting the city council member, Brad Pitt's character is the one pushing the council man into the bathroom and to the floor, however at the same time we see Edward Norton's character locking the bathroom door, as one is a figment of the others imagination it should not be possible for them both to be touching different things at the same time.

Correction: Everything that the Narrator does in that sequence is in his imagination. He's unsure about the whole thing, doesn't want to be holding down the councillor, so he imagines himself doing something relatively passive, like locking the door behind them. In fact, this was done by the last person in, the one we see going in before the Narrator enters, but mentally, he sees himself doing it - after all, he believes that he was the last one into the room, so it must have been him that locked the door.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where they bring back Bob's dead body, one of the Project Mayhem members says, "They shot Bob." About a minute later, someone says that members of project mayhem have no names.

Correction: Seeing how Bob broke the first two rules of Fight Club when talking to Edward Norton, it is highly possible that Bob would break another by telling people his name. Seeing how his fellow members were distraught about seeing Bob shot, they let the "no names" rule slip.

XIII

Corrected entry: When the guys bring the dead Bob back to Tyler's, they tell him how he got killed. They then show the scene where the police were chasing them and Bob getting shot. However, how the hell did they get Bob back to Tyler's? If they are being chased by police, they're hardly going to go back, pick up his body and carry on running. Even if they waited until the police were gone, I somehow doubt that the police would leave a dead body lying in the middle of a park. (01:46:00)

Correction: Some police officers are also members of Fight Club and Project Mayhem (as shown later), so even if the police took Bob away his body could be returned to Paper Street.

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: 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: 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: In the very last scene where Edward Norton shoots himself to get rid of Brad Pitt, he survives because the shot exits his head somewhere under his left ears but you can clearly see that Brad Pitt has an exit wound on the back of his head. So why, if they are the same person, do they have different exit wounds? (02:08:15)

Correction: The only way to cure a split personality is to have a serious traumatic expierence occur and the bullet to the head (or cheek) is a pretty traumatic experience. The two wounds don't have to match exactly - Brad Pitt's fatal wound is just a manifestation of his being killed off by Ed Norton.

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton calls Tyler in the phone booth, Tyler star 69's him to call him. Yet when we go back to Tyler's house, all of the phones are the old fashioned phones - not touch tone ones. He would not be able to do star 69 on his phones. Even Chuck Palahniuk points this out on the DVD.

Correction: On a rotary dial phone 1169 is the equivalent of star 69.

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.

While this does explain the failed detonation, it only works for people who have read the ending of the book. As the movie never addresses this, it is either a mistake or poorly chosen omission.

Corrected entry: When the police hold Jack on the table, in 3 shots, a boom mic is visible at the top of the screen.

Comedyfan74

Correction: They're in a police interrogation room, which are all wired for recording. Most microphones are probably more subtle than an overhead boom, however, there's no reason they couldn't use one either.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

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.

That goes completely against Tyler's message of "no-one is special, we're all the same." If you look at Tyler towards the end of the film his hair has been shaven close to his head. A more likely explanation is that sufficient time has passed for the hair to grow back after the initial shaving, and the rule was only that new recruits needed to shave it once, not keep it that short.

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 in which Bob and the others destroy a piece of corporate art, Bob gets shot by a security guard from behind as he runs away. However when the Fight Club members look at his body in the kitchen back at the house, the exit wound is on the back of his head.

Correction: This is true that he is shot in the back of the head but the security guard is not directly behind him. He's slightly to the left of him which could have just blown out the back part of his skull, not affecting his face.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when Jack shoots himself in the mouth, the bullet exits behind his jawbone. This signifies that the bullet exited his mouth and kept traveling. But none of the window panes behind him are cracked or shattered from the bullet.

Correction: The bullet bounced off his jawbone and is visible flying away in a different direction.

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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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Narrator: I wanted to put a bullet between the eyes of every panda who wouldn't screw to save his species, I wanted to dump oil over all those French beaches I'd never see, I wanted to breath smoke... I felt like destroying something beautiful.

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Trivia: When Tyler *69s the payphone, a zoom shot shows the phone in close up. A label on the phone says 'No incoming calls accepted' - one of the first clues as to what's really going on.

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Question: If Meatloaf is shot in the head, how would they get him back to the house and why would they bother? Did the security guard just leave after he shot him?

Answer: Most likely they either went back afterwards or chased the security guard off somehow. It's also possible with all their inside connections that they stole the body from police custody.

Greg Dwyer
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