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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

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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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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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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to his book, "Kiss Me Like A Stranger", Gene Wilder was the original choice for Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, but he turned the role down, citing creative differences, and instead accepted the dual role he played in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970). See more »

Goofs

The Baby Ruth bar rises up inside Danby's pocket as the planes take off. 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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Soundtracks

September Song
(uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Performed by Django Reinhardt
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Sanity trying to make sense of the insanity of war
17 March 2012 | by bobshankjr-2See all my reviews

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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