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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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  • Sep 28, 2015
    Catch-22 is an excellent adaptation that stands on its own as a film, mainly on account of the brilliant shooting, but also the acting was quite good as well. A young Alan Arkin plays the lead role well. If you enjoyed the book and/or like dark absurdist films of the 70s (like Network) then you will most likely enjoy Catch-22 also.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2012
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    An terrific surrealist dark antiwar satire.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    No better, no worse than the book itself.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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