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Catch-22 (1970)

R | | Comedy, Drama, War | 24 June 1970 (USA)
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Joseph Heller (based on the novel by), Buck Henry (screenplay by)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Yossarian
Martin Balsam ... Colonel Cathcart
Richard Benjamin ... Major Danby
Art Garfunkel ... Nately (as Arthur Garfunkel)
Jack Gilford ... Doc Daneeka
Buck Henry ... Colonel Korn
Bob Newhart ... Major Major
Anthony Perkins ... Chaplain Tappman
Paula Prentiss ... Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen ... Dobbs
Jon Voight ... Milo Minderbinder
Orson Welles ... General Dreedle
Bob Balaban ... Orr
Susanne Benton ... Dreedle's WAC
Norman Fell ... Sergeant Towser
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Storyline

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to 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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Taglines:

The anti-war satire of epic proportions.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Richard Lester was first choice to direct this film, but turned it down to direct How I Won the War (1967). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.40 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Also sprach Zarathustra
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Strauss
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
(when Yossarian first sees Luciana)
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The "Unfilmable" Novel - Brilliantly Brought to Life
30 April 2017 | by russellalancampbellSee all my reviews

My father was stationed on an island off Borneo during WWII from which air raids by American bombers supported by Aussie and American fighters were launched against enemy held islands. When I watched "Catch 22" with him, I expected he would be confused and slightly offended by the film's treatment of war. To my surprise, dad said that the film's depiction of war and those who fight them was not so exaggerated as one may think. The brass who send the men out on missions of no strategic importance to raise their own profile, the wheeler dealers, the earnest and ineffectual chaplains and all manner of crazies mixed with men whose only desire is to survive. My father also said that the mixture of comedy, drama, satire and surrealism reflected the strange dream of warfare very well. For my part, I can watch this film once a week for the rest of my life.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch-22 See more »

Filming Locations:

Empalme, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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