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672 Ratings


Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1970
Comedy, War


A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way cope with a crazy situation.

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Catch-22 Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1971 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Writers Guild of America

1971 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1971 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

Catch-22 is usually counted as an epic misfire, the first film to punch a hole in Nichols’s charmed reputation. But it’s a wonderful picture of men in their landscape, which begins as lyrically, with as much sense of promise in a world newly discovered, as The Day of the Dolphin.
January 29, 2016
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Because Nichols’ work lacks overt visual continuity or obvious recurring interests, there was widespread skepticism about his claim to auteur status, with Catch-22 presumably the coda to a career that hit the same heights afterwards. That’s unfair; what’s striking throughout Nichols’ career is that tonal precision, an ability to navigate comic and dramatic registers without getting overxexcited.
November 20, 2014
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