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James

Still, like this film. I think I probably saw it for the first time many years ago on the big screen at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary. And over the years I've watched it a few times - so something keeps me returning to it. It does feel at times like it's a movie in search of a cohesive message ...Read more

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kay louise

I thought I'd seen the film in the 70s but watching it now I don't recognize it at all.Certainly satyrical and well done and acted about the craziness of war. Does not make me want to read the novel. prob that's a male thing.

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Paul

The movie was powerful (though disjointed), but unfortunately did not deliver the terrific punch of the book. Perhaps no movie could.

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Jordan

This is a fine film: a powerhouse cast coming together with a beautiful script. I can overlook the liberties the screenwriter took and chalk it up to time constraints. I wish it was longer and delved a little more deeply into the source material. I highly recommend this.

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Rafal

Wspanialy

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Ron

It is a brilliant piece of film making that speaks the truth about war and its affects on combatants and non-combatants alike.

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mike

Am starting to get pretty old. But I love the ways in which so many different people see/read the same movie/story and come away with so many different opinions.

I think that is probably the best kind of applause that an author of any form should expect...
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Alan

Has some terrific talent in it, but feels anemic. The movie fails to convey the richness of the novel.

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Ann

I think both are fine and stand on their own. The book is great and worth reading. The film is the same. A two hour film has to be a miracle of adaptation and Nichols performs this hat trick. "The World According to Garp" shorthards the novel well. Few people seem to accept that film and ...Read more

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Stefan

I never read the book, but I do remember seeing this movie in a theater many years ago, and I HATED IT! How it could be in the "Comedy" category entirely escapes me, as in visiting it again, I find it still to be one of the darkest and most depressing movies I have ever seen, on any subject, ...Read more

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Ann

That would be "black" comedy. Absurdities and contradictions that are so tragic they are darkly comic. You have to be insane to fly bomber missions, but if you state you don't want to fly, you're sane and you have to fly: the ultimate catch-- Catch-22. It is about the absurdity of war and ...Read more

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Stefan

Thanks for your insightful perspective, Ann. It honestly does help me parse what Heller was driving at. As I mentioned previously, I should really read the novel to get the best idea of what he wanted to convey. Anyhow, in general, it is so difficult to portray on screen, what message a book ...Read more

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Mel

I think you got it. War is dark and depressing.

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Stefan

One of the various categories this movie is listed under on Kanopy is "Comedy". Do you find the horror of war to be comedy? That would be irrespective of whomever acted in this movie. This movie is one of the worst war movies I have ever viewed, whether seriously, cynically, or sarcastically, ...Read more

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Mel

Ease up there Stefan. I described the film as 'dark' and 'depressing'.What exactly are you accusing me of?

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Stefan

I am not accusing you of anything, Mel. Sorry you feel that way. My question regarding a dark and depressing film being comedy, was meant rhetorically, not to be insulting. Clearly, I do not like this movie. I was simply commenting that I am perplexed as to how this movie could be under the ...Read more

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Jordan

I thought the movie was fine; its source is a dark comedy that highlights the horrors of the war. Some of the best chapters in the book aren't even represented, and I think you'll at least understand a little more if you read the book, for perspective.

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Stefan

Thank you for your insight, Jordan. I know that this movie is one in which a person could have potentially quite disparate opinions about it, especially if one did not read the novel, which I have mentioned I did not. At this point, I will almost certainly read the book, as others here have ...Read more

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mike

Reading Kurt's Catch-22 book is a hard thing to do as there are a lot more details in then in this movie (you get to know characters like Hungry Joe a lot more). But the main thing I like about the movie is that it synthesizes the story about the new gunner Snowden in a more understandable ...Read more

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Alan

"Catch 22" was written by Joseph Heller.

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mike

Alan, YOU ARE CORRECT! I think all the reading I've done since 3rd grade are crammed into the same region of my brain. There is a lot of overlaps in in my mind between story tellers like Vonnegut and Heller (compare the insanity in Kurt's "Slaughter House 5" with that of Joseph's ...Read more

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Josh

I'm almost done with this book and I keep comparing it to many KV books. When I read your review it made me smile to see I'm not the only one that thinks so.

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Byron

I'm posting this to prevent more awful reviews by people who really do not understand just how genius this effort by Mike Nichols was. Suffice it to say, if you read Catch-22 and loved the book then don't see this film. Just don't do it. You're going to go into the movie thinking how in the ...Read more

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Jordan

I read the book, and still enjoyed the movie. Buck Henry and Nichols (I always put the writer's name before the diretor's; without writers, directors wouldn't exist) took on the daunting task of cramming into 90 minutes a novel with dozens of rich characters (I cannot excuse the absence of ...Read more

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Francoise

I did not read the novel. I enjoyed the crazy dialogue and situations. Hilarious! Reminded me of M.A.S.H at times.

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Stephen

Although I loved the novel when I read it about 1962, I never saw the film, mostly because it was widely considered a failure. Joseph Heller once said in an interview that the novel was about business, not war. I did not see this film even as I wrote a novel (not yet published) satirizing ...Read more

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Justin

The comments section is a joke. The movie might have inspired M.A.S.H the movie but the show had a movie of the same title for its base. This movie hits the whole time. I am 70 pages into the book and I don't know how you could have done the double talk jargon any better with any stricter of ...Read more

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Annie

M*A*S*H was based on this movie. If you liked the series, watch this movie to see where it all began!

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Alan

M*A*S*H originated as a 1968 novel by Richard Hooker that was turned into a movie by Robert Altman and then a TV series. "Catch 22", the novel, predated it by several years.

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Ted

Totally agree with comment below -- a dreadful misfire. The very black humor of Heller's novel just doesn't work at all onscreen, despite the amazing cast and terrific photography. (Love those planes.) Saw the film when it first came out and thought Arkin, Prentiss, and Balaban did a ...Read more

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Mark

I'm a huge fan of the novel & even though Mike Nichols is a great director with many classic films to his credit, this movie is a misfire. The tone is all over the place and even with a great supporting cast (Orson Welles, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Norman Fell, Jon Voight, Austin ...Read more

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Byron

This film is not a misfire at all. And if you're a huge fan of the novel than I would have told you from the get go to NOT SEE THIS FILM. This film, even on its own, is one of the best satirical takes on war in the movies ever done. PERIOD. To say the tone is all over the place is BS. This ...Read more

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Mark

It's kind of silly to tell someone their opinion on a piece of entertainment is WRONG. That's the beauty of art - whether its a painting, a song or a film - ten people can look at it, listen to it, watch it and have very differing opinions. You obviously love this film. That's great. As I ...Read more

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Byron

I did not say your opinion was wrong, Mark. I never even used that word. I just vehemently disagreed with your assessment of the movie, given all you said was that it was a "misfire." But you are correct. The beauty of art is subjective. What is beauty to some is lost upon others. I'm sorry ...Read more