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>
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 »
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.