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Catch-22 (1970)


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Director Mike Nichols and writer-actor Buck Henry followed their enormous hit The Graduate (1967) with this timely adaptation of Joseph Heller's satiric antiwar novel. Haunted by the death of a young gunner, all-too-sane Capt. Yossarian (Alan Arkin) wants out of the rest of his WW II bombing missions, but publicity-obsessed commander Colonel Cathcart (Martin Balsam) and his yes man, Colonel Korn (Henry), keep raising the number of missions that Yossarian and his comrades are required to fly.


Drama, Classics, Comedy

Joseph Heller, Buck Henry

May 22, 2001

Paramount Home Video

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Though the vertiginously absurdist logic of the book is hopelessly fractured, some of it does filter through (the mostly superb performances are a great help).

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nichols has done the same thing in "Catch-22" that he did in "The Graduate." He's given us a funny beginning, then switched tones and gone serious.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Quite simply, the best American film I've seen this year.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If you liked M*A*S*H, You'll love this!

October 26, 2008
Tsunami Magazine

What a strange and mesmerizing folly.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source:

Released during the Vietnam War, the movie was a commercial failure, but seen from today's perspective, its black humor holds up well.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Still positively chilling.

May 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Starts out pretty funny, gets incredibly weird by the end.

May 13, 2004
New Times

Flawed, but frequently brilliant.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A mess, occasionally a fascinating one.

June 19, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Can't capture the brilliance of the source material ... but does a pretty good job all the same.

July 26, 2002

Ambitious though flawed adaptation of Joseph Heller's searingly satiric novel.

August 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...the movie version that some people said couldn't be made. Well, in all candor, some people were right...You know, there's always a catch.

June 14, 2001
Movie Metropolis

a brilliant failure, a film that is as interesting for what it tried to accomplish as it is for what it did

May 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Ranks with Platoon and Apocalypse Now as one of the great war movies

May 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

Definitely one to see in a cinema

January 1, 2000 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Catch-22

I have not read the book, which seems to be a prerequisite for enjoying this movie, which I do, immensely
April 4, 2007

Super Reviewer

Very good antiwar dark comedy that is a bit underrated. Many reviews that I've read make this as one of the worst war films ever made. Although far from perfect, this is a very good film that is held together by a great cast of actors. This is one of those films that have a darkly humorous tone and sometimes you don't know when to laugh because of its sometimes serious content. Overall the film is pretty laid back in the sense that the jokes are good, and it evens out the serious aspect of the film. I feel that this is an underrated film and it definitely is much better than what people have said it was. The script is terrific and effective directing by Mike Nichols make this a terrific film worth seeing if you love the war film genre. For what it is, it manages to be entertaining, and fun and have an anti war message. Catch-22 is a well acted picture that balances satire and serious overtones perfectly. By the film's conclusion things become a tad more insane and the comic relief is stripped away and the dramatic angle of the plot take over. Catch --22 is a well crafted picture that resonates with its message. The cast is wonderful, and each brings something unique to the screen which makes this film standout as a terrific satire of war. With a great performance from its lead actor, this is a must see picture for those wanting to watch something different in the war genre. Lots of fun from start to finish, this a wonderful film despite its imperfections.
November 2, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An terrific surrealist dark antiwar satire.
March 20, 2012
Lucas Martins

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No better, no worse than the book itself.
April 28, 2011

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    1. Nately: You talk like a madman.
    2. Old Man: But I live like a sane one. I was a Fascist when Mussolini was on top. Now that he has been deposed, I am anti-Fascist. When the Germans were here, I was fanatically pro-German. Now I'm fanatically pro-America! You'll find no more loyal partisan in all of Italy than myself.
    – Submitted by Kia M (53 days ago)
    1. Nately's Girl: When we go to America, Nately?
    2. Old Man: You will take her to America? Away from a healthy, active life? Away from good business opportunities? Away from her friends?
    3. Nately: Don't you have any principles?
    4. Old Man: Of course not.
    5. Nately: No morality?
    6. Old Man: I'm a very moral man. And Italy is a very moral country. That's why we will certainly come out on top again if we succeed in being defeated.
    – Submitted by Kia M (53 days ago)
    1. Nately: What are you talking about? America's not going to be destroyed.
    2. Old Man: Never?
    3. Nately: Well...
    4. Old Man: Rome was destroyed. Greece was destroyed. Persia was destroyed. Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours?How much longer do you think your country will last? Forever?
    5. Nately: Forever is a long time, I guess.
    6. Old Man: Very long.
    – Submitted by Kia M (53 days ago)
    1. Old Man: You all crazy!
    2. Nately: Why are we crazy?
    3. Old Man: Because you don't know how to stay alive, and that's the secret of life.
    – Submitted by Kia M (53 days ago)
    1. Capt. Yossarian: If he raises the number of missions again, I swear to God, I'll help you kill him.
    2. Dobbs: Really?
    3. Capt. Yossarian: I swear.
    4. Dobbs: Well, that's very reasonable of you.
    – Submitted by Kia M (55 days ago)
    1. Major Major: Sergeant, from now on, I don't want anyone to come in and see me while I'm in my office. Is that clear?
    2. Sgt. Towser: Yes, sir. What do I say to people who want to come in and see you while you're in your office?
    3. Major Major: Tell them I'm in and ask them to wait.
    4. Sgt. Towser: For how long?
    5. Major Major: Until I've left.
    6. Sgt. Towser: And then what do I do with them?
    7. Major Major: I don't care.
    – Submitted by Kia M (55 days ago)
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