Catch-22 (1970, USA) C-122m. SCOPE ** D: Mike Nichols. Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Bob Balaban, Susanne Benton, Norman Fell, Charles Grodin, Peter Bonerz, Bruce Kirby, Jack Riley, Gina Rovere. Gargantuan cast in attempted blockbuster based on the famous novel by Joseph Heller. Basic story concerns WW2 fighter pilot Arkin, who'd do anything to get a certificate of insanity to able to return home. The problem of the film is that it doesn't go anywhere from there. Lack of development makes the film difficult to enjoy, even sit through, although there are some amusing scenes. Good cinematography by David Watkin.


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