Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

$4.99 $8.99 Save 44% Current price is $4.99, Original price is $8.99. You Save 44%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, October 24


Director Mike Nichols and writer-actor Buck Henry followed their enormous hit The Graduate (1967) with this timely adaptation of Joseph Heller's satiric antiwar novel. Haunted by the death of a young gunner, all-too-sane Capt. Yossarian (Alan Arkin) wants out of the rest of his WW II bombing missions, but publicity-obsessed commander Colonel Cathcart (Martin Balsam) and his yes man, Colonel Korn (Henry), keep raising the number of missions that Yossarian and his comrades are required to fly. After Doc Daneeka (Jack Gilford) tells Yossarian that he cannot declare him insane if Yossarian knows that it's insane to keep flying, Yossarian tries to play crazy by, among other things, showing up nude in front of despotic General Dreedle (Orson Welles). As all of Yossarian's initially even-keeled friends, such as Nately (Art Garfunkel) and Dobbs (Martin Sheen), genuinely lose their heads, and the troop's supplies are bartered away for profit by the ultra-entrepreneurial Milo Minderbinder (Jon Voight), Yossarian realizes that the whole system has lost it, and he can either play along or jump ship. Though not about Vietnam, Catch-22's ludicrous military machinations directly evoked its contemporary context in the Vietnam era. Cathcart and Dreedle care more about the appearance of power than about victory, and Milo cares for money above all, as the complex narrative structure of Yossarian's flashbacks renders the escalating events appropriately surreal. Confident that the combination of a hot director and a popular, culturally relevant novel would spell blockbuster, Paramount spent a great deal of money on Catch-22, but it wound up getting trumped by another 1970 antiwar farce: Robert Altman's MASH. With audiences opting for Altman's casual Korean War iconoclasm over Nichols' more polished symbolism, the highly anticipated Catch-22 flopped, although the New York Film Critics Circle did acknowledge Arkin and Nichols. Despite this reception, Catch-22's ensemble cast and pungent sensibility effectively underline the insanity of war, Vietnam and otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2017
UPC: 0032429282460
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 5,493

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Mike Nichols & Steven Soderbergh; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Capt. Yossarian
Martin Balsam Col. Cathcart
Richard Benjamin Maj. Danby
Art Garfunkel Nately
Jack Gilford Doc Daneeka
Jon Voight Milo Minderbinder
Buck Henry Col. Korn
Bob Newhart Major Major
Anthony Perkins Chaplain Tappman
Paula Prentiss Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen Dobbs
Orson Welles Gen. Dreedle
Bob Balaban Capt. Orr
Susanne Benton Dreedle's WAC
Olimpia Carlisi Luciana
Marcel Dalio Old Man
Norman Fell Sgt. Towser
Charles Grodin Aardvark
Austin Pendleton Col. Moodus
Peter Bonerz Capt. McWatt
Elizabeth Wilson Mother
Evi Maltagliati Old Woman
Richard Libertini Brother
Jon Korkes Snowden
Liam Dunn Father
Gina Rovere Nately's Girl
John Brent Cathcart's Receptionist
Seth Allen Hungry Joe
Phil Roth Actor
Collin Wilcox-Horne Nurse Cramer
Jack Riley Doctor
Felice Orlandi Man in Black
Wendy D'Olive Aardvark's Girl
Alan Alda Extra
Bruce Kirby Doctor

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director
Ernest Adler Costumes/Costume Designer
Tallmantz Aviation Stunts
John Calley Producer
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Alexander Gerry Consultant/advisor
Joseph Heller Original Story
Buck Henry Screenwriter
Lawrence O. Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Michelson Art Director
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer,Special Effects
Lee Vasque Special Effects
David Watkin Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Catch-22
1. "Help The Bombardier"
2. Persecution Complex
3. Milo Minderbinder
4. Captain Yossarian
5. Major Major
6. Chaplain Tappman
7. Colonel Cathcart
8. Nurse Duckett
9. General Dreedle
10. Out Of Uniform
11. Luciana
12. Hungry Joe
13. Snowden's Funeral
14. Shameful Opportunist
15. Orr
16. Doc Daneeka
17. Dobbs
18. After Curfew
19. Nately's Whore
20. Aarfy Aardvark
21. One Last Catch
22. Rowing To Sweden

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most underrated dark comedies of it's era. The casting and acting is superb. Mike Nichols direction and cinematography is outstanding. Next to Dr. Strangelove this is another great comedy about the absurdity of war/defense thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catch-22 is flat out, one of the best antiwar films in the history of cinema, to me that is. Alan Arkin does the best job, he's sensational as Capt. Yossarian. Yes its hard to understand in the beggining, but after watching it a few times, it just gets better. I urge everyone to see this film. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago