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>
The squadron patch on Yossarian's (Alan Arkin's) leather A-2 flight jacket, a female nude riding a descending bomb, hurling a bolt of lightning, was the 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 »
None of the characters except Gen Dreedle wear any award ribbons on their uniforms. As a minimum, each man should be wearing ribbons for the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal. Some (if not most) of the flying officers should also have the Air Medal ribbon. A few of them should also be wearing the Purple Heart for being wounded. Finally, one or two officers should have the Distinguished Flying Cross or the Distinguished Service Cross for outstanding performance in combat. See more »
Sanity trying to make sense of the insanity of war
Despite it's 42 years since initial release, still one of the best films ever made and directed about the insanity of 'creating' war - and the mindlessness and trauma suffered from its consequences of both those conscripted to engage in it and neither more nor less than the civilian victims of it's long-time aftermaths. Warfare's far-reaching ramifications touch us, individually and globally, even into the 21st Century and beyond. Being philosophically cogent of war's deep-seated egoistic, bizarre and greedy nature of those who foment it may not get you a Pulitzer, but perhaps you may garner a 'Catch 22' medal from those of us who've managed to live through them. Mike Nichols et al, within this film, remind us of war's senselessness and of it's bitter and long-effected remains. Superb, finely crafted, and in my sense, a must-see for 2nd and 3rd generation adults.
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