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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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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Heller (novel)
Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
We Hate This, That's the Catch See more (121 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
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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The squadron patch on Yossarian's leather A-2 flight jacket - a female nude riding a descending bomb, hurling a bolt of lightning - was the actual patch of Joseph Heller's 488th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), one of four B-25 squadrons (the others being the 486th, 487th, and 489th) in the 340th Bombardment Group (Medium) during World War II.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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Soundtrack:
Una furtiva lacrimaSee more »

FAQ

What does the "22" in the title refer to?
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173 out of 241 people found the following review useful.
We Hate This, That's the Catch, 19 June 2000
Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach

This is great film-making. I have never experienced greater skill with sound editing. The acting is terrific, the writing crisp and intelligent. The conception deeply nested. Why has the viewing public discarded this film? Interesting question.

Usually the answer is that the film is a poor evocation of the book. It is, of course; films are fundamentally different beasts than books, so the closest one comes is to have congruence of story. But the story is the least important element of either fine books or movies. No intelligent viewer looks for sameness in an adaptation.

I think the reason is simple. We are happy to accept war as heroic. Deep down, that's what we believe; whether as an inescapable fact of evolution or of chauvanistic indoctrination. Against this backdrop, we apply the stuff of our apparent convictions: that war is funny (MASH, the escape movies) or grossly brutal and confusing (Platoon, the first part of Pvt Ryan-- which then reverts to the noble). We just cannot accept the view that war comes from stupidity and selfishness, because it convinces that we, all of us every one is at root stupid and selfish.

This movie is so good, it convinces of that fact, and that's why no one wants to watch it. So no one is convinced. That's the catch.

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