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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.


Mike Nichols


Joseph Heller (novel), Buck Henry (screenplay)
3,751 ( 236)

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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The anti-war satire of epic proportions.


Comedy | Drama | War


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English | Italian

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trampa-22 See more »

Filming Locations:

Empalme, Sonora, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Simon was originally going to be in the film, but his role was written out. See more »


When the camera view of the conversation between Nately and the old man in the whorehouse changes as Yossarian enters the room the old man's suspenders vanish. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion USA (1994) See more »


I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Music by George Bassman
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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The Best Film Adaptation of the Book Possible
19 January 2003 | by solojonesSee all my reviews

The book Catch-22 is my favourite novel, and is extremely deep and intricate. It has great moments of comedy which slip quickly into tremendous moments of horror. That novel as it is could never feasibly be addapted into a live action anything.

However, upon viewing the film, I was quite impressed and happy with it. I'm not an unrealistic person, so I understand that they had to cut out scenes and characters and subplots to condense it for the film. Overall, of course, it lost some of its greatest moments which are in the ironic humor of the narrative style of the book. But it was not a bad film at all. In fact, I thought it was one of the best adaptations I have seen. I think almost everything you see on screen happens in the book.

Apart from that, it was extremely well casted. The characters were just as I have envisioned them in my head while reading the novel (except that Major Major shrank about a foot... but that's not matter, because Bob Newhart was great anyway). The cinematography was beautiful, the acting was awesome (Alan Arkin was perfect), and the flashbacks to Snowden were done stylishly and surrealistically.

Basically, it's a good movie. But it's an even better movie if you've read the book, and you know exactly what is going on in some of the characters' heads and what is going on outside of the scenes we see in the film. Overall, I think this is the best anyone could have done with this adaptation, and I applaud the filmmakers for that.

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