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Catch-22 takes entertainingly chaotic aim at the insanity of armed conflict, supported by a terrific cast and smart, funny work from Buck Henry and Mike Nichols.



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Sharply critical of the almost surreal bureaucracy of war, this scathing satire is based on Joseph Heller's novel. The story focuses on a group of Air Force pilots in the midst of WWII. The title refers to the twisted logic that makes up the pilots' standard military procedure.

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Alan Arkin
as Capt. John Yossarian
Martin Balsam
as Col. Cathcart
Richard Benjamin
as Maj. Danby
Jack Gilford
as Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
Art Garfunkel
as Capt. Nately
Bob Newhart
as Maj. Major
Anthony Perkins
as Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
Paula Prentiss
as Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen
as Lt. Dobbs
Jon Voight
as Milo Minderbinder
Orson Welles
as Gen. Dreedle
Seth Allen
as Hungry Joe
Bob Balaban
as Capt. Orr
Susanne Benton
as Gen. Dreedle's WAC
Peter Bonerz
as Capt. McWatt
Norman Fell
as Sgt. Towser
Buck Henry
as Lt. Col. Korn
Austin Pendleton
as Col. Moodus
Marcel Dalio
as Old Man
Evi Maltagliati
as Old Woman
Liam Dunn
as Father
Jon Korkes
as Snowden
John Brent
as Cathcart's Receptionist
Phil Roth
as Doctor
Jack Riley
as Doctor
Wendy D'Olive
as Aardvark's Girl
Felice Orlandi
as Man in Black
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Critic Reviews for Catch-22

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Cynical and bitterly cold... [Mike] Nichols and [Buck] Henry fail to make an anti-capitalist film. They have made their case so strong that it becomes an anti-human film.

Nov 23, 2014 | Full Review…

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).

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Quite simply, the best American film I've seen this year.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

Not so much a cohesive story as a string of only tangentially related vignettes stripped of their original context, Catch-22 fumbles as an adaptation and as a war film in its own right.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

If you liked M*A*S*H, You'll love this!

Oct 26, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Catch-22


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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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An terrific surrealist dark antiwar satire.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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No better, no worse than the book itself.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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