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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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Writers:
Joseph Heller (novel)
Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The anti-war satire of epic proportions.
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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(82 articles)
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Funny yet disturbing. . . See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
Stunts
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
David Garfath .... focus puller (uncredited)
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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Runtime:
122 min
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
George C. Scott turned down the role of Col. Cathcart, saying he had effectively played the same part in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the long-shot plane crash sequence as Milo and Cathcart walk along the runway the smoke trail from the plane that flew by extends far beyond the "crashed" plane.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Una furtiva lacrimaSee more »

FAQ

What does the "22" in the title refer to?
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93 out of 151 people found the following review useful.
Funny yet disturbing. . ., 17 December 2000
Author: enddust from Rockville MD

I recall hearing Catch 22 author Joseph Heller state that he started writing the book by writing the ending first and then working on the beginning and so on, back and forth. I'm not sure if he was telling the truth, but the book is certainly based on his own experiences as a bomber pilot in WWII and the book/movie's nonlinear, stream of consciousness structure is an obvious demonstration of the randomness and madness of war. An earlier post said that this movie reveals that at heart wars occur because people are selfish and stupid, and I think that is correct. Even though this movie is funny it reminds us of this unpleasant fact, so we avoid the movie altogether.

Made back in the early 70s during that brief period when Hollywood actually made intelligent and artistic first-run movies, the film is an excellent piece, from its all star ensemble cast to its writing and pacing. The movie is also a sad reminder of how shallow and simplistic and adolescent movies are today. Even fine films like Saving Private Ryan have much less complexity and trust their audience less to contemplate the possibility of an amoral and senseless universe. The mythic characters, comic book pacing, and sacred three act narrative structure and tight endings--even sad ones--that tie up all the loose ends and make us feel good about ourselves and our country are the order of the day. And with this new administration look for more movies that pat ourselves on the back rather than question. ..

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