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Catch-22 (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  24 June 1970 (USA)
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A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

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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>

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Catch 22  »

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In the scene where Yossarian (Alan Arkin) is prevented from following Luciana (Olimpia Carlisi) by a policeman directing traffic who gives him a "sorry about that gesture" after stopping him, the officer is played by Buck Henry, who both wrote the screenplay and played Lt. Col. Korn in the movie. In the director's commentary, Mike Nichols said the actor he had hired for the scene wasn't getting the gesture right so he asked Henry to put on the policeman's uniform and do it instead, which the director said he did "beautifully". After the scene cuts to the passing convoy and swings back to the policeman, he's being played by the original actor and not Buck. The director called this quick cameo by Henry "something that nobody knows". See more »

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During the mission to Ferrera, when Yossarian toggles his bombs early and causes the entire group to bomb the ocean, the top gun turret of Yossarian's B-25 is missing when the plane is seen in head-on process shots against a rear-screen projection of other planes in flight. See more »

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[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.
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Una furtiva lacrima
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from "L'elisir d'amore"
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
(when Yossarian is wandering around narrow streets of the night Rome)
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"You are a very weird person, Yossarian"
22 January 2001 | by (Cross Plains, WI) – See all my reviews

Like many movies, the reading of the book for background information is really helpful here, but not mandatory. For 1970, it has the biggest and best crew of stars probably ever offered on film. It's unfortunate that most university graduates from pre-1980 have heard the expression "Catch-22" but haven't watched the movie or read the book.

During one part of the story, Yossarian, the lead bombardier, finds out that they are going to bomb an Italian village that has no stragetic interest to the US war effort. He decides to drop his bombs on the Mediterranean Sea, and since he's the Lead Bombardier of his Army squadron, everyone else has to follow suit. The General, General Scheisskopk (check out what that means in German, folks) wants to court marshall him, or shoot him. His Colonels dissuade him from doing this, give Yossarian a medal and promote him to avoid the negative publicity which would happen if this information got the press.

This movie has many ironic experiences shown, including the horrors of war. The cinematography is excellent and the movie is well worth watching. Yossarian is the anti-hero who goes through many adventures that young people should see before entering service.

Jack Hamann


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