MISCHIEF. MAYHEM. SOAP.
A man (Edward Norton) who spends his nights going to cancer support groups has a chance meeting with a soap salesman (Brad Pitt), resulting in a joint enterprise – fight clubs, where men work out their frustrations. Some people consider this movie, which became a cult classic, David Fincher’s finest. It has very effective performances by Norton, Pitt and Meat Loaf (as a support group attendee who knows how to let out his pain) and is a dark, compelling, stylishly photographed study of masculinity and working-class aggravations. But once the twist is revealed, the story continues for another half-hour and runs out of steam.
1999-U.S. 135 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Fincher. Novel: Chuck Palahniuk. Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth. Cast: Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden), Edward Norton (The Narrator), Helena Bonham Carter (Marla Singer), Meat Loaf, Jared Leto.
Trivia: Reese Witherspoon and Winona Ryder were allegedly considered for Bonham Carter’s role.