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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.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Nately (as Arthur Garfunkel)
Dreedle's WAC


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 <[email protected]>

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The anti-war satire of epic proportions.


Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trampa-22  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Mike Nichols wanted thirty-six B-25s to create the big U.S. Army Air Forces base, but the budget couldn't stretch to more than seventeen flyable Mitchells. An additional non-flyable hulk was acquired in Mexico, made barely ferry-able and flown with landing gear down to location, only to be burned and destroyed in the landing crash scene. The wreck was then buried in the ground next to the runway, where it remains to this day. See more »


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


[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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References Dumbo (1941) See more »


Una furtiva lacrima
from "L'elisir d'amore"
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
(when Yossarian is wandering around narrow streets of the night Rome)
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6 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, I was about 13 years old, and I loved it. Over the years I have watched this movie on more than one occasion and I still loved it. It inspired me to read the book, I watched it again, and guess what, I still loved it.

The movie like the book has a non-linear time line which may confuse some people, but if you concentrate you will have no problems following the story (even on the first viewing). The structure of the film is what gives it such a high re-watch value, each time you watch you'll find something new about it.

The stellar cast, give performances which vary in quality, with some of the smallest roles being extremely entertaining, but overall the ensemble delivers the goods. The direction is tight given the complex structure and the amount of material covered in the book.

This film always gets compared to *M*A*S*H*, which is also a good film, but I find Catch-22 provides more laughs while delivering, the more serious, anti-war message.

If you haven't watched this movie yet, I highly recommend it.

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