• Catch-22 (1996)


Release Date: December 12th, 1996

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2001

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

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: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Witty, Soldier, Doctor, Escape, 1940s, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Time Out

    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). Nichols unfortunately grafts on a Meaningful Statement by way of a ponderous Fellini-ish sequence in which Yossarian, on leave in Rome, finds himself wandering the seventh circle of hell. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Memorable images. Immemorable film. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. And then tacked on a Great Escape ending which answers none of the questions he's so painfully raised. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1970)
Nominated United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1970)