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.

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Jon Voight and Orson Welles; and four Oscar nominees: Buck Henry, Anthony Perkins, Jack Gilford and Bob Balaban. See more »

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Gen Dreedle wears a cap with gold braid on the bill, commonly called scrambled eggs. US Army officers did not wear these caps until well after World War II. See more »

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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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Don't buy or rent the VHS or Laser editions of this movie!
24 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

CATCH-22 was filmed using a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (an image almost two-and-a-half times wider than it is high). Every inch of the picture area was used by the cinematographer for important information. If you watch the horrible, cropped pan-and-scan version, which is all you can get on either VHS or Laser Disc, you are missing close to 40% of the intended picture area and a great deal of important stuff! I've seen this desecrated version and, be warned, you will not even understand the final flashback revelation because it is not even in the frame!! People who can't stand those "black bars" on the top and bottom of the screen are going to miss the entire point of this movie!! Rent or buy the DVD, which is widescreen and restores all this critical image area. Do not judge this film if you can't see it all. I have to wonder how many of the previous reviews here are based upon the unbelievably butchered VHS version.


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