Catch-22

Catch-22

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Director: Mike Nichols

Cast: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin

     
 

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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 (MartinSee more details below

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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. After Doc Daneeka (Jack Gilford) tells Yossarian that he cannot declare him insane if Yossarian knows that it's insane to keep flying, Yossarian tries to play crazy by, among other things, showing up nude in front of despotic General Dreedle (Orson Welles). As all of Yossarian's initially even-keeled friends, such as Nately (Art Garfunkel) and Dobbs (Martin Sheen), genuinely lose their heads, and the troop's supplies are bartered away for profit by the ultra-entrepreneurial Milo Minderbinder (Jon Voight), Yossarian realizes that the whole system has lost it, and he can either play along or jump ship. Though not about Vietnam, Catch-22's ludicrous military machinations directly evoked its contemporary context in the Vietnam era. Cathcart and Dreedle care more about the appearance of power than about victory, and Milo cares for money above all, as the complex narrative structure of Yossarian's flashbacks renders the escalating events appropriately surreal. Confident that the combination of a hot director and a popular, culturally relevant novel would spell blockbuster, Paramount spent a great deal of money on Catch-22, but it wound up getting trumped by another 1970 antiwar farce: Robert Altman's MASH. With audiences opting for Altman's casual Korean War iconoclasm over Nichols' more polished symbolism, the highly anticipated Catch-22 flopped, although the New York Film Critics Circle did acknowledge Arkin and Nichols. Despite this reception, Catch-22's ensemble cast and pungent sensibility effectively underline the insanity of war, Vietnam and otherwise.

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No film could do complete justice to Joseph Heller's acclaimed novel, which in the early 1960s provided a prescient shorthand for an era of official duplicity. But writer Buck Henry's adaptation is faithful to the book, and director Mike Nichols pulls no punches. This biting black comedy and military satire is comparable in some ways to Robert Altman's MASH, if not quite as funny. The story follows Heller's anarchic structure so closely that at times a viewer can get lost. The fine cast reads like a roster of popular late 1960s male stars, including Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Jon Voight, Richard Benjamin, Martin Sheen, and Henry himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929312443
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
16,932

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Capt. Yossarian
Martin Balsam Col. Cathcart
Richard Benjamin Maj. Danby
Art Garfunkel Nately
Jack Gilford Doc Daneeka
Jon Voight Milo Minderbinder
Buck Henry Col. Korn
Bob Newhart Major Major
Anthony Perkins Chaplain Tappman
Paula Prentiss Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen Dobbs
Orson Welles Gen. Dreedle
Bob Balaban Capt. Orr
Susanne Benton Dreedle's WAC
Olimpia Carlisi Luciana
Marcel Dalio Old Man
Norman Fell Sgt. Towser
Charles Grodin Aardvark
Austin Pendleton Col. Moodus
Peter Bonerz Capt. McWatt
Elizabeth Wilson Mother
Evi Maltagliati Old Woman
Richard Libertini Brother
Jon Korkes Snowden
Liam Dunn Father
Gina Rovere Nately's Girl
John Brent Cathcart's Receptionist
Seth Allen Hungry Joe
Phil Roth Actor
Collin Wilcox-Horne Nurse Cramer
Jack Riley Doctor
Felice Orlandi Man in Black
Wendy D'Olive Aardvark's Girl
Alan Alda Extra
Bruce Kirby Doctor

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director
Ernest Adler Costumes/Costume Designer
Tallmantz Aviation Stunts
John Calley Producer
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Alexander Gerry Consultant/advisor
Joseph Heller Original Story
Buck Henry Screenwriter
Lawrence O. Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Michelson Art Director
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer,Special Effects
Lee Vasque Special Effects
David Watkin Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Catch-22
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22

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