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Catch-22 (1970)

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 (novel), Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Capt. John Yossarian
Martin Balsam ... Col. Cathcart
Richard Benjamin ... Maj. Danby
Art Garfunkel ... Capt. Nately (as Arthur Garfunkel)
Jack Gilford ... Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
Buck Henry ... Lt. Col. Korn
Bob Newhart ... Maj. Major Major
Anthony Perkins ... Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
Paula Prentiss ... Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen ... 1st Lt. Dobbs
Jon Voight ... 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder
Orson Welles ... Brig. Gen. Dreedle
Bob Balaban ... Capt. Orr
Susanne Benton ... Dreedle's WAC
Norman Fell ... First Sgt. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trampa-22 See more »

Filming Locations:

Empalme, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,911,670
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the actors are Jewish. See more »

Goofs

When Major Major begins talking to Sgt Towser in his office about when others can see him, a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt can be seen hanging on the wall behind his desk. Major Major then walks away from, then back to his desk twice more, and each time the portrait is seen, it has changed - from FDR to Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin. This was an inside joke, done intentionally by the filmmakers to further emphasize the dream like state of the film. 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

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Also sprach Zarathustra
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Strauss
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
(when Yossarian first sees Luciana)
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We Hate This, That's the Catch
19 June 2000 | by tedgSee all my reviews

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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