Catch-22 1970

Catch-22

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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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This scathing war satire follows Capt. John Yossarian (Alan Arkin), a pilot stationed in the Mediterranean who flies bombing missions during World War II. Attempting to cope with the madness of armed conflict, Yossarian struggles to find a way out of his wartime reality. Surrounded by eccentric military officers, such as the opportunistic 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder (Jon Voight), Yossarian must resort to extreme measures to escape his dire and increasingly absurd situation.

Cast & Crew

Alan Arkin
Capt. John Yossarian
Martin Balsam
Col. Cathcart
Art Garfunkel
Capt. Nately
Jack Gilford
Dr. "Doc" Daneeka
Bob Newhart
Maj. Major Major Major
Anthony Perkins
Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
Paula Prentiss
Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen
1st Lt. Dobbs
Jon Voight
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder
Joseph Heller
Writer (Novel)
Buck Henry
Screenwriter
Clive Reed
Associate Producer
Richard Strauss
Non-Original Music
John Philip Sousa
Non-Original Music
David Watkin
Cinematographer
Sam O'Steen
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Critic Reviews for Catch-22

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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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