MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 532 this week

Catch-22 (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  24 June 1970 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 15,917 users  
Reviews: 120 user | 43 critic

A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 18 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Catch-22" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Catch-22 (1970)

Catch-22 (1970) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Catch-22.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret
Catch 22 (Video 2011)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

What would you do if you knew your friend's husband was having an affair? Would you tell her or would you keep the secret?

Directors: Mario Fernandez, Barbie Castro
Stars: Barbie Castro, Cristina Figarola, Miguel Martinez
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino
The Fortune (1975)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them . not even murder.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Stockard Channing, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates
Silkwood (1983)
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bitter aging couple with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal
Gilda Live (1980)
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A filmed version of the Broadway show starring comedienne Gilda Radner, complete with the characters she made famous on the TV show "Saturday Night Live."

Directors: Mike Nichols, Lorne Michaels
Stars: Gilda Radner, Don Novello, Paul Shaffer
Catch-22 (2007)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Remzi is a thirteen year old boy, who was placed in an institution for mentally challenged children when he was four and since then he has moved from one institution to the other, time ... See full summary »

Director: Ane Ose
Stars: Remzi Cavdar, Bep Weeteling, Israfil Cavdar
Catch-22 (TV Movie 1973)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Dana Elcar, Stewart Moss
Teach Me! (1968)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Sandy Dennis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Capt. Nately (as Arthur Garfunkel)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Susanne Benton ...
...
Edit

Storyline

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality" and of a bureaucratic society in general. Written by Jeffrey Struyk <Catch22@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The anti-war satire of epic proportions.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trampa-22  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Simon was originally going to be in the film, but his role was written out. See more »

Goofs

When 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder explains to Cathcart his plans to trade blankets to the Italians for fresh eggs, he shows Cathcart an egg. As the two walk along the landing strip, the egg disappears from Milo's hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Col. Korn, XO: [speaking to Yossarian] All you have to do is be our pal.
Colonel Cathcart: Say nice things about us.
Lt. Col. Korn, XO: Tell the folks at home what a good job we're doing. Take our offer Yossarian.
Colonel Cathcart: Either that or a court-martial for desertion.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Barting Over (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

September Song
(uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Performed by Django Reinhardt
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the best movies ever made!
27 August 2003 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

I, for one, had NOT read the novel before viewing Catch-22, and I absolutely LOVED it! I believe it ranks as one of the best films ever made! It certainly ranks with Carnal Knowledge and the Graduate as the best pieces of work Mike Nichols ever made. Alan Arkin gives by far the best performance of his entire career. The rest of the cast is nearly perfect. It is a long movie, and moves at a very quick clip. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, it begs to be viewed again and again. I love the close-up photography, which adds to the sense of claustrophobia & combustibility of the "insane war" situation of the characters. There are no panoramic vistas of Italy here. In fact, Italy has probably never looked so ugly in a movie. I love the way the action moves from scene to scene based on the thoughts of the characters, rather then strictly chronologically -- a technique Quentin Tarantino has utilized throughout his more recent career. Unlike most of the rest of you, I love the pacing. I love the hilarious, fast-paced first hour of the film, and then I love the slower, somber, horrific second hour. Later, I read the novel, and while it's certainly true that everything in the novel could not possibly have been used in the movie, I prefer to judge the movie strictly on its own merits. It seems as though most of you prefer to compare the two. I always like to see the movie first. Case in point: I believe I liked the World According To Garp so much because I had never read the novel before -- I had no preconceived notions of what the characters looked like, or how they should behave. Then, when I read the novel, I realized that all the action of the book could not possibly have been used in the film, but the film gave me a good, solid basis from which to begin reading the book. Was the movie is "good as the book?" Of course not. Is it ever? Was To Kill A Mockingbird as good as the book. Again, of course not. But didn't you love the movie anyway. Same with Catch-22. NOT comparing it to the book, but comparing it strictly to every other movie I've ever seen, it ranks as my favorite war movie of all time, my favorite comedy of all time, my favorite film of 1970 (a year full of good movies), and one of my favorites, period. It is a classic. Rent it. Watch it over and over again. It's well worth it!


41 of 71 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who was your favorite character: movie v. book? nationalazkaban2
WHO STABBED YOSSARIAN? edcar47
if they re-adapted it today..... banddirector23
Seinfeld Catch -22 trivia gldaspit-1
Remake RwRobo
favorite scene? teeisblue
Discuss Catch-22 (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page