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.
Mike Nichols - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
Michael Igor Peschkowsky - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
Alan Arkin - Oscar-winning actor, director, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Art Garfunkel - Half of "Simon & Garfunkel"
Martin Sheen - American actor, THE WEST WING
Ramon Estevez - American actor, THE WEST WING
Anthony Perkins - American actor, PSYCHO
Tony Perkins - American actor, PSYCHO
Buck Henry - Comic, Writer, Actor, Director
Buck Henry Zuckerman - Comic, Writer, Actor, Director
Martin Balsam - American actor
Richard Sylbert - Production designer, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Jack Gilford - American actor and comedian
Fritz Reiner - Music Director
Paula Prentiss - American Film and Television Actress
Paula Ragusa - American Film and Television Actress
Richard Benjamin - American Actor/Director
Joseph Heller - American Author
David Watkin - British Director Of Photography
John Calley - Producer/Executive
Orson Welles - Director/screenwriter/actor, CITIZEN KANE
George Orson Welles - Director/screenwriter/actor, CITIZEN KANE
Bob Newhart - American comedian/actor
Jon Voight - Oscar-winning actor, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, COMING HOME
Sam O'Steen - American Editor/Director, THE GRADUATE (1967)
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.
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.
"...Arkin anchors a comic ensemble that presents a dozen kinds of madness..." - 07/20/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.49
"[A]n intelligent, star-studded adaptation of Joseph Heller's classic antiwar novel..." - 05/01/2006 Premiere, p.99