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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 (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 »

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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)

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

The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles; and four Oscar nominees: Buck Henry, Anthony Perkins, Jack Gilford, and Bob Balaban. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Dawson's Creek: Catch-22 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(uncredited)
Music by George Bassman
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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One of my favorite movies of all time
15 December 2013 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

When I first saw "Catch-22" I couldn't believe it was made in 1970; the structure of this film is so modern it could have been made yesterday. Frame for frame a masterpiece of storytelling unfolds before your eyes; a satire, a comedy, a tragedy: superb and unforgettable. The surreal humor captures the craziness of war in a way - I think - no other movie does.

The film was released at around the same time as the somewhat similarly themed "M*A*S*H", and while Altman's movie was a hit, "Catch-22" bombed at the box office. In retrospect I would say that both films have aged very well, but Catch-22 offers a much more cinematic experience and has a narrative that is as modern as anything that's being released today. One of my favorite movies of all time.

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