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Catch-22 -- Mike Nichols superbly directed this cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's scathing black comedy, a tale of a small group of flyers in the Mediterranean in 1944.


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Joseph Heller (novel)
Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
The anti-war satire of epic proportions.
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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One of the best movies ever made! See more (121 total) »


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Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Joseph Heller (novel)

Buck Henry (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Clive Reed .... associate producer
Cinematography by
David Watkin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Alan Shayne 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Ernest Adler (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Ernest Adler .... hair styles supervisor
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Corrick .... production manager
Joe L. Cramer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Cohan .... second assistant director
Ronald R. Grow .... second assistant director (as Ron Grow)
John Jordan .... second unit director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director
Alan McCabe .... second unit director
Edward Teets .... assistant director (as Edward A. Teets)
Art Department
Robert Schultz .... property master
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound recordist (as Lawrence O. Jost)
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Dillon .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee Vasque .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Robin Browne .... optical effects cameraman (uncredited)
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Ewens .... first assistant camera
Bud Gaunt .... key grip
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Nelson Tyler .... helicopter photographer
Ronald B. MacKenzie .... electrician (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jose Villaverde .... local casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernest Adler .... costume supervisor
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe: men
Editorial Department
Stu Linder .... editorial assistant
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Fritz Reiner .... conductor: "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
June Edgerton .... music editor (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Salvador Gutiérrez .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Baccio Bandini .... production coordinator: Rome
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Alexander Gerry .... technical advisor (as Major Alexander Gerry)
Geoffrey Horne .... dialogue coach
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Frank Tallman .... flying supervisor (as Frank G. Tallman)
James S. Appleby .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
John Bagley .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Wayne Berg .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Jack Evans Bivin .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Frank Blaha .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
'Junior' Burchinal .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Ray Burkhead .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Louis Odell Burton .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Wayne Burtt .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Richard Fisher .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Willis B. Fritts .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Hal Gray .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Barney Green .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Don Hackett .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Les Hall .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Dan Hill .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Marvin Jackson .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Danny Johnson .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... pilot: picture helicopter (uncredited)
Jenner Knight .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Steward Kunkee .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Paolo Lucidi .... production assistant (uncredited)
'Skip' Marsh .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Mike McDonald .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Edward Mitrani .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Thomas G. Mooney .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Don Ornbaum .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Frank L. Pine .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Charles Rector .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Wendell 'Bill' Reid .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Terry Rossi .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Jim Speers .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Len 'Stoney' Stonich .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
David Viviano .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
David Voltz .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Forrest Watson .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Rick Wilson .... pilot: B-25 (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:AL (2003) (DVD) | Norway:16 (1971) | Portugal:(Banned) (1970-1974) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Director Mike Nichols originally asked Bob Balaban read for the role of Milo Mindbender, ultimately played by Jon Voight. However, after hearing him, he changed his mind and thought Balaban perfect for the Captain Orr.See more »
Continuity: When the chaplain is stopped by Milo on his way to talk with Cathcart his jacket is covered in light colored dirt spots. They are gone when he arrives at the top of the stairs and starts talking to Orr.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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43 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
One of the best movies ever made!, 27 August 2003
Author: andy46032 from Indianapolis

I, for one, had NOT read the novel before viewing Catch-22, and I absolutely LOVED it! I believe it ranks as one of the best films ever made! It certainly ranks with Carnal Knowledge and the Graduate as the best pieces of work Mike Nichols ever made. Alan Arkin gives by far the best performance of his entire career. The rest of the cast is nearly perfect. It is a long movie, and moves at a very quick clip. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, it begs to be viewed again and again. I love the close-up photography, which adds to the sense of claustrophobia & combustibility of the "insane war" situation of the characters. There are no panoramic vistas of Italy here. In fact, Italy has probably never looked so ugly in a movie. I love the way the action moves from scene to scene based on the thoughts of the characters, rather then strictly chronologically -- a technique Quentin Tarantino has utilized throughout his more recent career. Unlike most of the rest of you, I love the pacing. I love the hilarious, fast-paced first hour of the film, and then I love the slower, somber, horrific second hour. Later, I read the novel, and while it's certainly true that everything in the novel could not possibly have been used in the movie, I prefer to judge the movie strictly on its own merits. It seems as though most of you prefer to compare the two. I always like to see the movie first. Case in point: I believe I liked the World According To Garp so much because I had never read the novel before -- I had no preconceived notions of what the characters looked like, or how they should behave. Then, when I read the novel, I realized that all the action of the book could not possibly have been used in the film, but the film gave me a good, solid basis from which to begin reading the book. Was the movie is "good as the book?" Of course not. Is it ever? Was To Kill A Mockingbird as good as the book. Again, of course not. But didn't you love the movie anyway. Same with Catch-22. NOT comparing it to the book, but comparing it strictly to every other movie I've ever seen, it ranks as my favorite war movie of all time, my favorite comedy of all time, my favorite film of 1970 (a year full of good movies), and one of my favorites, period. It is a classic. Rent it. Watch it over and over again. It's well worth it!

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