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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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According to his book, "Kiss Me Like A Stranger", Gene Wilder was the original choice for Lt. Milo Minderbinder, but he turned the role down, citing creative differences, and instead accepted the dual role he plays in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970). See more »

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When the camera view of the conversation between Nately and the old man in the whorehouse changes as Yossarian enters the room the old man's suspenders vanish. 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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Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
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underrated but important film
23 June 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

I don't think even Orson Welles could match the brilliance of Heller's novel, but Mike Nichols made a wonderful film with mostly a top-notch cast. Alan Arkin is perfect as Yossarian. He is justified paranoia incarnate! Anthony Perkins embodies Chaplain Tappman as no would could and Jon Voight oozes the shallow charm of Minderbinder. The opening is incredible from the cinematography by David Watkins to the sound quality. In a book of this scope, you simply cannot include all of the incredible characters, but M.A.S.H. came out earlier in the year and stole the thunder from all anti-war films, comedy or not.

This film didn't receive a single Oscar nomination, even for acting, in a tough competitive year, but come on! This is a 9 out of 10.


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