Catch-22 R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 26, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Mike Nichols & Steven Soderbergh
    • Photo gallery
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 10,519
Rating: 4/10 -- 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. Full Review
The Retro Set
Dec 27, 2018
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). Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- If you liked M*A*S*H, You'll love this!
Tsunami Magazine
Oct 26, 2008
Rating: B -- Released during the Vietnam War, the movie was a commercial failure, but seen from today's perspective, its black humor holds up well. Full Review
Jul 23, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- What a strange and mesmerizing folly. Full Review
Oct 13, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- Flawed, but frequently brilliant.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 13, 2003
...Arkin anchors a comic ensemble that presents a dozen kinds of madness...
Entertainment Weekly
Jul 20, 2001

Product Description:

Based on Joseph Heller's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel, CATCH-22 is Mike Nichols's provocative antiwar satire that tells the frenetic tale of a group of World War II fliers trapped in the insanity of the Mediterranean. The "catch-22" of the title deals with a military snafu that results when Yossarian (Alan Arkin), a bombardier in the war, attempts to get out of the military by feigning insanity. Yet the simple fact that he is able to acknowledge his own mortality automatically renders him sane. Frustrated into submission, the frazzled Yossarian must return to the frontlines to watch his friends and compatriots die off one by one.

After the success of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF' and THE GRADUATE, Nichols bravely attempted to translate Heller's beloved novel to the big screen. As the terrified Yossarian, Arkin is his typically brilliant self. The rest of the all-star cast--which includes heavy-hitters Orson Welles, Jon Voight, Martin Sheen, Bob Newhart, and Anthony Perkins--further bring Heller's scathing vision to life. While the breakout success of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H and Nichols's experimental approach to the material might have attributed to the film's lackluster box office response, CATCH-22 remains a strikingly relevant condemnation of war.

Plot Synopsis:

This film adaptation of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel tells the story of a very eccentric air force troop stationed in the Mediterranean during WWII. Centering on the highly neurotic and paranoid Captain Yossarian, the black comedy captures the paradoxes and surrealism that pervade military life.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: June 24, 1970
  • CATCH-22 was filmed on location in Italy and Mexico.
  • Martin Balsam replaced Stacy Keach in the role of Col. Cathcart over age concerns that Nichols had.
  • Second Unit Director John Jordan plummeted to his death during the film's production.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 9,351
  • UPC: 032429282460
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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