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>
In this movie, Jack Gilford (Doc Daneeka) convinced Alan Arkin (Captain Yossarian) to pretend to be the dying son of a family that travelled from the U.S. to say goodbye before he dies. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Zero Mostel convinced Jack Gilford, who played the male slave "Hysterium" to pretend to be the corpse of the bride "Philia" to "Captain Milos Gloriosus" so that he can say goodbye to his "bride". See more »
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 »
Don't buy or rent the VHS or Laser editions of this movie!
CATCH-22 was filmed using a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (an image almost two-and-a-half times wider than it is high). Every inch of the picture area was used by the cinematographer for important information. If you watch the horrible, cropped pan-and-scan version, which is all you can get on either VHS or Laser Disc, you are missing close to 40% of the intended picture area and a great deal of important stuff! I've seen this desecrated version and, be warned, you will not even understand the final flashback revelation because it is not even in the frame!! People who can't stand those "black bars" on the top and bottom of the screen are going to miss the entire point of this movie!! Rent or buy the DVD, which is widescreen and restores all this critical image area. Do not judge this film if you can't see it all. I have to wonder how many of the previous reviews here are based upon the unbelievably butchered VHS version.
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