A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality", and of a bureaucratic society in general.Written by
Jeffrey Struyk <Catch22@ix.netcom.com>
The actor who played the wounded airman had to share his costume with several pounds of offal that made it look as if his intestines had been exposed by the injury. See more »
When 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder and Col. Cathcart walk along the landing strip, they pass a crashed B-25. It may seem wrong that the airplane has no turret and no hole where the turret would have been; but this is because it's supposed to be the (other) bomber which moments before had trailed smoke as it flew past the two officers and landed badly on one wheel, then crashed in an explosion which is heard but not seen. However, the filmed illusion does not work properly since the stunt plane kept on making the smoke trail which extends far beyond the "crashed" plane. See more »
Don't buy or rent the VHS or Laser editions of this movie!
CATCH-22 was filmed using a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (an image almost two-and-a-half times wider than it is high). Every inch of the picture area was used by the cinematographer for important information. If you watch the horrible, cropped pan-and-scan version, which is all you can get on either VHS or Laser Disc, you are missing close to 40% of the intended picture area and a great deal of important stuff! I've seen this desecrated version and, be warned, you will not even understand the final flashback revelation because it is not even in the frame!! People who can't stand those "black bars" on the top and bottom of the screen are going to miss the entire point of this movie!! Rent or buy the DVD, which is widescreen and restores all this critical image area. Do not judge this film if you can't see it all. I have to wonder how many of the previous reviews here are based upon the unbelievably butchered VHS version.
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