Fight Club

Fight Club (1999)

42 corrected entries

Corrected entry: In the scene where Marla Singer is talking on the phone with Jack, as she is saying "I've got a stomach full of Xanax... I took what was left of a bottle... might've been too much." The camera zooms in on the bottle, lying on its side. You can read most of the label except the first letter: "...anax - 300mg". Xanax only comes in 4 dosages - .25mg, .5mg, 1mg and 2mg. Obviously 300mg in a single pill would be a pretty fatal dosage, even if she only took one such pill.

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Correction: The 300mg could refer to the total contents of the bottle, not each pill.

Corrected entry: Bob is only shot once with a handgun, but that one bullet somehow manages to blow half his head off. There's no way one bullet could do that, especially not at that range.

raph

Correction: A large caliber handgun could easily make an exit wound that size.

Greg Dwyer

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

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.

Corrected entry: When Brad Pitt and Ed Norton are in the car with two other members of project mayhem, the car crashes and Brad Pitt pulls Ed Norton from the wreckage. How can a figment of your imagination drive a car and pull you from the wreckage? Listen to the commentary on the DVD and it tells all.

Correction: This is not trivia unless you actually explain the point you are making.

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton is beating the crap out of beautiful Angelface, he makes him bleed a lot, and his whole face is covered in blood. But when Ed Norton walks away, he nudges another guy out of the way, and you can see his hand in the bit of light. If you look closely at his hand, there is no blood anywhere.

Correction: What is shown is the left side of his left hand. If you pay attention to the fight, he uses his right hand mostly. It's plausible that there could be no blood on the part of the hand that was shown.

Knever

Corrected entry: During the scene where the boss finds Norton's rules, before Norton gets up to talk about stalking the office with a machine gun, look at the cigarette smoke coming from an ash tray behind him. It appears, then suddenly disappears.

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Correction: The smoke is visible in every instance in which it is present. The camera moves into space in which it wouldn't go. Even so, smoke like that drifts and is not consistent.

Knever

Corrected entry: When Ed Norton's character is on the toilet ordering stuff from Furni, he tosses the magazine down with the cover facing up. If you pay close attention while he's holding it, you can clearly see the title printed in big letters. However, when it lands on the table, the cover is different - it's managed to flip itself over in midair and has landed face down.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: He simply closed it from the other side.

Knever

Corrected entry: In the scene where Tyler runs the car off the road, it ends up upside down with the rear wheels spinning. The car is a Lincoln Town Car, which is rear-wheel drive, meaning it must have been in neutral when Tyler had no opportunity or reason to shift.

Correction: Every car I've ever owned can be put into neutral merely by moving the shift lever. The catch does not need to be released as it does when shifting from Park, Reverse, or Drive to any other of the same. The car was knocked into neutral simply in the course of the wreck.

Phixius

Corrected entry: Close to the end of the movie, Edward Norton shoots his gun at Brad Pitt. The bullet hole in the van is visible, but Edward Norton shoots again, but no bullet hole, or even a sound of ricochet is evident.

Correction: This is because he is firing a gun at Tyler, a figment from his mind. We see no bullet hole anywhere because he fires at Tyler's body, which blocks the view of the background. We hear no ricochet because Edward Norton's character is so focused on Tyler, that he simply blocks out the sound.

Corrected entry: After Tyler Durden is shown splicing porn film frames into the children's film, the audio of the woman moaning should not be heard. All that would be heard is a quick pop in the sound, if even that.

Daniel Garner

Correction: It wasn't heard. The movie-goers did not hear the moaning, nor did the filmmakers intend for that to be the case; the moaning was, like Norton's narration, not meant to be within the setting of the movie. Submitting this as a mistake is much like claiming that it is a mistake that nobody hears Norton's narration. Norton says that the viewers don't know that they saw the image.but if the moaning was in the film itself, I doubt that would be the case.

Corrected entry: When Jack shoots himself in the mouth, you can see the bullet come from his mouth even though the exit wound is under his left ear.

Toolio

Correction: If you watch it in slow motion, that's a tooth - not the bullet.

Corrected entry: At the end, Tyler sits on the large case and says that there's 60 seconds until the bombs go off. Yet after all is said and done with Tyler's demise, the bombs go off nearly five minutes later.

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BillyBlake

Correction: Two things offer some explanation for this, firstly all interaction between Tyler and Jack is inside their head so concievably their converstations could take place in the space of a second or two real time. Secondly the bombs are homemade and unlikely to be dead on accurate with the timing devices which would allow a small amount of leeway.

Corrected entry: When Bob is shot in the head, he is shot in the back of the head. But when you see Bob laying on the table back at the headquarters it is the back of his head that is missing. The exit wound of the bullet would have left a huge hole in the front of the head not the back.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: The injury shown is the rear/top section of the skull is gone. In fact, a gunshot is unlikely to cause such an injury, but the bullet hitting with just the right force at just the right angle, MIGHT have caused it. Besides, the Warren Commission proved that a gunshot from the back will blow the back of the head out - see JFK.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Tyler and company crash into the parked car, there are two shots of the speedometer. It reads zero both times even though they are portrayed as moving at a high rate of speed.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: The first shot of the speedo at 1:40:02 (it's digital, not analog) shows 60, not 00. The second shot at 1:40:06 does not show the speedo, but shows other gauges. They are very blurry even on the DVD, so they might look like a speedo on a tape.

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

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: 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.

xx:xx:xx

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

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.

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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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

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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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

Corrected entry: Nitroglycerine usually has to be prepared at below zero degrees - usually around 30 degrees below - when preparing it from first principles. Therefore it is highly unlikely Tyler and Co. would be able to prepare it in the basement of that house in Paper Street without blowing themselves apart when mixing the tallow with the compounds mixed from Nitrogen and the various other things.

Correction: Not entirely true. While it is easier to make Nitroglycerine when it is cold because it is less reactive, it is possible to create it at room tempature. As long as the stuff doesn't jar at all, it cannot explode.

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?

xx:xx:xx

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.

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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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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.

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There are several places where Edward Norton sees Brad Pitt for a split second before he actually meets him (not counting when he passes him on the escalator): By the photocopy machine, talking to the doctor, the testicular cancer group, Marla in the alley, and then when watching TV when the waiters say "Welcome". Also Tyler is the one who steals the Camaro, after Tyler and narrator meet for the first time.

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