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>
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 »
In the dream sequence where the nurse sheds her uniform and tosses it into the water, Yossarian swims up and grabs the uniform with his right hand, then sinks. As he's sinking the uniform is now in his left hand. These continuity "errors" show his unstable mental state. See more »
Don't buy or rent the VHS or Laser editions of this movie!
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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