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Catch-22 (1970)

R  |   |  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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The anti-war satire of epic proportions.


Comedy | Drama | War


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24 June 1970 (USA)  »

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Trampa-22  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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Richard Lester was first choice to direct this film, but turned it down to direct How I Won the War (1967). See more »


The Baby Ruth bar rises up inside Danby's pocket as the planes take off. See more »


[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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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


Also sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
(when Yossarian first sees Luciana)
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Sanity trying to make sense of the insanity of war
17 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite it's 42 years since initial release, still one of the best films ever made and directed about the insanity of 'creating' war - and the mindlessness and trauma suffered from its consequences of both those conscripted to engage in it and neither more nor less than the civilian victims of it's long-time aftermaths. Warfare's far-reaching ramifications touch us, individually and globally, even into the 21st Century and beyond. Being philosophically cogent of war's deep-seated egoistic, bizarre and greedy nature of those who foment it may not get you a Pulitzer, but perhaps you may garner a 'Catch 22' medal from those of us who've managed to live through them. Mike Nichols et al, within this film, remind us of war's senselessness and of it's bitter and long-effected remains. Superb, finely crafted, and in my sense, a must-see for 2nd and 3rd generation adults.

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