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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 (based on the novel by), Buck Henry (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Yossarian
Martin Balsam ... Colonel Cathcart
Richard Benjamin ... Major Danby
Art Garfunkel ... Nately (as Arthur Garfunkel)
Jack Gilford ... Doc Daneeka
Buck Henry ... Colonel Korn
Bob Newhart ... Major Major
Anthony Perkins ... Chaplain Tappman
Paula Prentiss ... Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen ... Dobbs
Jon Voight ... Milo Minderbinder
Orson Welles ... General Dreedle
Bob Balaban ... Orr
Susanne Benton ... Dreedle's WAC
Norman Fell ... Sergeant Towser
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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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The anti-war satire of epic proportions.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Trivia

The film has one of the longest, most complex uninterrupted scenes ever made. In the scene, where two actors talking against a background, sixteen of the seventeen planes, four groups of four aircraft, took off at the same time. As the scene progresses, the actors entered a building and the same planes were seen through the window, climbing into formation. The problem was, for every take, the Production Manager had to call the planes back and made to take off again for every take of the particular scene. This was done four times. See more »

Goofs

Gen Dreedle wears a cap with gold braid on the bill, commonly called scrambled eggs. US Army officers did not wear these caps until well after World War II. 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 The Sum of All Fears (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
(played by military band in the final scene)
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One of the best movies ever made!
27 August 2003 | by andy46032See all my reviews

I, for one, had NOT read the novel before viewing Catch-22, and I absolutely LOVED it! I believe it ranks as one of the best films ever made! It certainly ranks with Carnal Knowledge and the Graduate as the best pieces of work Mike Nichols ever made. Alan Arkin gives by far the best performance of his entire career. The rest of the cast is nearly perfect. It is a long movie, and moves at a very quick clip. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, it begs to be viewed again and again. I love the close-up photography, which adds to the sense of claustrophobia & combustibility of the "insane war" situation of the characters. There are no panoramic vistas of Italy here. In fact, Italy has probably never looked so ugly in a movie. I love the way the action moves from scene to scene based on the thoughts of the characters, rather then strictly chronologically -- a technique Quentin Tarantino has utilized throughout his more recent career. Unlike most of the rest of you, I love the pacing. I love the hilarious, fast-paced first hour of the film, and then I love the slower, somber, horrific second hour. Later, I read the novel, and while it's certainly true that everything in the novel could not possibly have been used in the movie, I prefer to judge the movie strictly on its own merits. It seems as though most of you prefer to compare the two. I always like to see the movie first. Case in point: I believe I liked the World According To Garp so much because I had never read the novel before -- I had no preconceived notions of what the characters looked like, or how they should behave. Then, when I read the novel, I realized that all the action of the book could not possibly have been used in the film, but the film gave me a good, solid basis from which to begin reading the book. Was the movie is "good as the book?" Of course not. Is it ever? Was To Kill A Mockingbird as good as the book. Again, of course not. But didn't you love the movie anyway. Same with Catch-22. NOT comparing it to the book, but comparing it strictly to every other movie I've ever seen, it ranks as my favorite war movie of all time, my favorite comedy of all time, my favorite film of 1970 (a year full of good movies), and one of my favorites, period. It is a classic. Rent it. Watch it over and over again. It's well worth it!


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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Empalme, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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