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Old 05-09-04, 09:28 PM   #1
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fight club questions (contains spoilers without tags)

just watched the movie today, and have a few questions
i noticed very early on that there are several flashes here and there. is it a problem or are those supposed to be something.
when Tyler mentions all of the rules of fight club, one of the rules is "all competitors that fight must be shirtless", but when Bob (meat loaf), fights there, his shirt is on, why?
at the end of the movie, the narrator shoots himself in the mouth with a gun, so i guess he could kill the image of Tyler, but how does he live? i would think that a bullet through the mouth would kill instantly.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:31 PM   #2
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A bullet through the cheek would not kill someone instantly.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:32 PM   #3
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The flashes were Tyler.

Do we need to see Bob's bitch tits? Plus I think it would be an unfair disadvantge for Bob to have his breasts bouncing around.

It didn't hit his brain at all, bounced off his jaw actually, check the slow mo. He certainly will lose a lot of blood. Also, it's just a movie.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:34 PM   #4
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1) You apparently didn't watch the movie well enough. Go watch it again.

2) It was in everyone's best interests to hide the bitch tits. As long as his opponent agreed, the rules were waived.

3) A cheek is nothing but tissue. Piercing it is no big deal. The only question would be the gas dynamics of a gun firing into an enclosed space ... I think it would be quite survivable.
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so in order for me to see the subliminal "penis" shots, i would have to do a slow mo on the dvd i guess? also, all movie rules that i know of is that if you are shot through the mouth in any way, they die.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:38 PM   #6
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so in order for me to see the subliminal "penis" shots, i would have to do a slow mo on the dvd i guess? also, all movie rules that i know of is that if you are shot through the mouth in any way, they die.
Actually, no. They are incredibly easy to see and fully discern at regular speed with the naked eye. And only one of them is a penis.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:40 PM   #7
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Wow rypro.. really.. wow. the questions are already answered. I would have thought by now everyone would have been through fight club.

Even in my first viewing I saw tyler in the flashes. Just so you know, the penis at the end is suppose to be there. No one spliced a porn into the dvd while you weren't looking

Movie rules also state that if you are the hero of the film you can take a bullet or two while the bad guys can't.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:42 PM   #8
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guess i wasn't looking. (they came to me as a surprise, since i tried to go without reading threads or articles about the movie.)
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Old 05-09-04, 09:43 PM   #9
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Did you really miss the explaination tyler did about the cigertte burn? or the last penis shot that stayed on a bit to long?
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Old 05-09-04, 09:46 PM   #10
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Did you really miss the explaination tyler did about the cigertte burn? or the last penis shot that stayed on a bit to long?
i did here his conversation about what he does (splices bits of porn into family movies since he is a projectionist at a movie theater. btw, which of the commentaries are best to listen to, since i might listen to one of them tonight.
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Old 05-09-04, 09:49 PM   #11
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i did here his conversation about what he does (splices bits of porn into family movies since he is a projectionist at a movie theater. btw, which of the commentaries are best to listen to, since i might listen to one of them tonight.
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Old 05-09-04, 10:13 PM   #12
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also, all movie rules that i know of is that if you are shot through the mouth in any way, they die.
It's also a rule that you don't talk about Fight Club, yet what did you do...
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Okay, so if he shot himself in the mouth and survived, why did Tyler Durden die? Was it because Jack WANTED to end the alterate personality's life? (Tyler Durden).
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Old 05-09-04, 10:18 PM   #14
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It's also a rule that you don't talk about Fight Club, yet what did you do...
You broke the first 2 rules
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Old 05-09-04, 10:18 PM   #15
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Okay, so if he shot himself in the mouth and survived, why did Tyler Durden die? Was it because Jack WANTED to end the alterate personality's life? (Tyler Durden).
I do believe that was the reason.
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Old 05-09-04, 10:38 PM   #16
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Okay, so if he shot himself in the mouth and survived, why did Tyler Durden die? Was it because Jack WANTED to end the alterate personality's life? (Tyler Durden).
To expand on Rypro's answer, you have to accept that a lot of Tyler's teachings do make some sense. The Narrator had to do something amazing and mind-blowing (without blowing his mind out), similar to the acid burn scene where he teaches him to accept the pain. Inflicting that much pain upon himself and living proved to himself that he didn't need an alternate persona to be what he wanted to be. From then on, he can be tough if he needs to be, but he doesn't have to be a psycho.


As for Bob's bitch tits, I think one of the commentaries mentions them creating a "tit suit" that looked decent, but they figured it was just better to leave his shirt on. I can picture Bob starting to take off his shirt and all the other guys going "woah there fella! TMI!"

And I caught the flashes the first time. They're fairly obvious.
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Old 05-09-04, 10:48 PM   #17
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Okay, so if he shot himself in the mouth and survived, why did Tyler Durden die? Was it because Jack WANTED to end the alterate personality's life? (Tyler Durden).
Basically, yes. When Norton's character (his name isn't Jack) pulled the trigger, he had made the conscious decision to destroy himself as well as Tyler. So in his mind, he did kill Tyler. And since Tyler was only real in his mind, that's all that mattered.

And just for the hell of it, here are the 4 instances of single-frame shots of Tyler spliced into the movie:







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Old 05-09-04, 11:56 PM   #18
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I'm not sure how many of you saw this in the theatres, I did, and I thought the subliminal Tylers were much harder to see. Maybe it has something to do with film, or maybe just my first viewing. Can anyone confirm that?
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Old 05-10-04, 12:15 AM   #19
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Yeah, I only caught like...2 in the theaters and thought I was seeing things.
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Old 05-10-04, 03:52 AM   #20
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I first saw the film in the theatre and I only caught the middle two subliminal Tyler instances. I remember thinking "WTF was that??" The "subliminal" penis at the end of the film was hard to miss though.
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Old 05-10-04, 07:41 AM   #21
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I am convinced that Rypro doesn't ever watch movies, but fast forward through them.
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Old 05-10-04, 09:52 AM   #22
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I am convinced that Rypro doesn't ever watch movies, but fast forward through them.
having never seen this movie, why would i fast forward to the "good parts"
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Old 05-10-04, 11:24 AM   #23
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having never seen this movie, why would i fast forward to the "good parts"
Hey, I didn't say you fast forward to the good parts. I said you fast forward through the entire movie.

I am also reminded to the Kill Bill thread where you also didn't seem to be clued into some of the blatently obvious things in the movie.
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Old 05-10-04, 11:30 AM   #24
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Hey, I didn't say you fast forward to the good parts. I said you fast forward through the entire movie.

I am also reminded to the Kill Bill thread where you also didn't seem to be clued into some of the blatently obvious things in the movie.
after swatching vol 1 again a few days ago, it is fairly obvious in that volume even.

oh and i did watch the commentary for about 30 min (was tired), and it was still hard to tell what was in the blips. maybe the transfer is a bit dark, or maybe i need to watch the movie when not tired. (oh and who ever posted the screencaps above, can you post the actual subliminal images linked)
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Rypro's next question...

Spoiler:
So...was Tyler real or not? Wasn't he a soap salesman?
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