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Limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel. Follows Captain John Yossarian and airmen in World War II.
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Series cast summary:
Christopher Abbott ...  Yossarian 6 episodes, 2019
Kyle Chandler ...  Colonel Cathcart 6 episodes, 2019
Daniel David Stewart ...  Milo 6 episodes, 2019
Rafi Gavron ...  Aarfy 6 episodes, 2019
Graham Patrick Martin ...  Orr 6 episodes, 2019
Kevin J. O'Connor ...  Lt. Colonel Korn 6 episodes, 2019
Austin Stowell ...  Nately 5 episodes, 2019
Jon Rudnitsky ...  McWatt 5 episodes, 2019
Gerran Howell ...  Kid Sampson 5 episodes, 2019
Tessa Ferrer ...  Nurse Duckett 5 episodes, 2019
Lewis Pullman ...  Major Major 4 episodes, 2019
Grant Heslov ...  Doc Daneeka 4 episodes, 2019
Jay Paulson ...  Chaplain Tappman 4 episodes, 2019
Domenico Cuomo Domenico Cuomo ...  Lorenzo 4 episodes, 2019
Giovanni Stocchino Giovanni Stocchino ...  Leonardo 4 episodes, 2019
Pico Alexander ...  Clevinger 3 episodes, 2019
George Clooney ...  Scheisskopf 3 episodes, 2019
Giancarlo Giannini ...  Marcello 3 episodes, 2019
Hugh Laurie ...  Major de Coverley 3 episodes, 2019
Julie Ann Emery ...  Marion Scheisskopf 3 episodes, 2019
Ian Toner Ian Toner ...  Peele 3 episodes, 2019
Viola Pizzetti Viola Pizzetti ...  Ines 3 episodes, 2019
Valentina Bellè ...  Clara 3 episodes, 2019
Martin Delaney ...  Sgt Towser 3 episodes, 2019
Elisa Menchicchi Elisa Menchicchi ...  Adelina 3 episodes, 2019
Valentina Ruggeri Valentina Ruggeri ...  Emma 3 episodes, 2019
Francesca Turrini ...  Paola 3 episodes, 2019
David Power David Power ...  Air Traffic Controller #1 2 episodes, 2019
Salvatore Scarpa ...  Air Traffic Controller #2 2 episodes, 2019
Marilena Anniballi Marilena Anniballi ...  Michaela 2 episodes, 2019
Joe Massingill ...  James Marsh 2 episodes, 2019
Josh Bolt ...  Dunbar 2 episodes, 2019
Alex Beviglia Zampetti Alex Beviglia Zampetti ...  Bystander #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2019


Captain John Yossarian, a World War II bombardier, is stationed on the island of Pianosa. He is an individualist who seeks to protect his own life by fleeing to the hospital, since a "catch-22" in the Air Force regulations prevents him from being grounded for illness or obtaining a leave.

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Catch-22 fans unlikely to be fulfilled by this wasted opportunity...

If you were apprehensive about how well this was going to turn out, you were justified.

The good: As an adaptation, it's not too bad. Scenery and props look authentic. A couple of the scenes (particularly combat in the bombers) are well realised and tense. It's MUCH better than Mike Nichols' abortive film attempt of 1970.

The less-good: This is definitely NOT Catch-22. This is 'Catch-22 Lite' - a much simpler version in easy-to-understand and easy-to-digest morsels. Nothing too bitter, sharp, complicated or controversial here. Key satirical targets of the book (incompetence - of government administration, security forces, army commanders - the blindness of capitalism, gung-ho patriotism, systemic racism, etc.) are either watered down or omitted. Several key characters are conflated, so they lose their individual characteristics and become bland stereotypes. Other important characters are simply missing. So many story strands are left out that if this was a sock someone would be constantly darning it. The key storyline of Yossarian's significant journey is weakened in places by the lack of those supporting strands.

The book is a blazing and merciless satire filled with devices to make the reader empathise with the emotional and psychological trauma Yossarian is going through (temporal displacement; juxtaposed but dissimilar scenes linked by common dialogue; frighteningly indifferent rules, regulations, administrators; people in positions of corrupting power whose main concern is their own welfare; Kafka-esque terror at the surrender of personal control to unseen powers). This series jettisons most of that and replaces it with a simple chronological story using some of Heller's material where it suits and making up new things where it doesn't (witness the weak but perhaps more socially acceptable revised ending. Ouch!)

Casting, directing and screenplay opt for some poor choices here which don't help. Clooney is too old to play Scheisskopf. Laurie could never be the intimidating Major __ de Coverley. Cathcart, Korn, Aarfy, Major Major, McWatt, Nately, Orr and several others neither look nor act like their literary counterparts, weakening the story still further and making them into filler parts.

Summary: Catch-22 will always be a major challenge to film, its scope making it all but impossible to realise in a 90-minute movie. However, this is nearly 4.5 hours of TV which dragged in places because the pace was too slow and the story too tightly focused and limiting. In serial form like this it should be much easier to realise something similar in scope, message and power to Heller's extraordinary book. As such, it's rather a wasted opportunity.

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17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Catch 22 See more »

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Viterbo, Lazio, Italy See more »

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