Based on the celebrated Joseph Heller novel, the Emmy-nominated** CATCH-22 is Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. The limited series is executive produced by Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winning actor George Clooney*, Academy Award®-winning producer Grant Heslov*, and Emmy® nominated producer Richard Brown***.
CATCH-22 features a sensational, all-star cast including George Clooney (Up in the Air, The Ides of March), Christopher Abbott (“Girls,” “The Sinner”), Grant Heslov (Argo), Emmy winner1 Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, “Bloodline”), Golden Globe winner2 Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager,” “House”) and Academy Award nominee3 Giancarlo Giannini (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale).
The CATCH-22 two-DVD set includes all six episodes from the limited series, plus over 60 minutes of exclusive bonus content, including a three-part, behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “The Cogs of War,” 13 deleted scenes and outtakes from every episode.
CATCH-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a U.S. air squadron in Italy during World War II. Yossarian (Christopher Abbott) is a bombardier whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive.” The real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them.
CATCH-22 is executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd are co-writers and executive producers for the series. The six-part limited series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content is directed by Clooney, Heslov and Ellen Kuras, who also serves as producer. Each directed two episodes.
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Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio’s robust slate includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” (Amazon), “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Berlin Station” (EPIX), “The Alienist” (TNT), “The Angel of Darkness” (TNT), “The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix), “Catch-22” (Hulu), “First Wives Club” (BET), “Looking for Alaska” (Hulu), “Boomerang” (BET), “Dream Team” (BET), “Briarpatch” (USA) and “Home Before Dark” (Apple), among others. Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
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Street Date: November 19, 2019 (DVD)
U.S. Rating: Not rated
*Academy Awards: 2013, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Argo (shared with Grant Heslov & Ben Affleck); 2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Syriana; Golden Globe Awards: 2015, Cecil B. DeMille Award; 2012, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama, The Descendants; 2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Syriana; 2001, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
**2019, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
***2014, Outstanding Drama Series, “True Detective”
1-2011, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “Friday Night Lights”
2-2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “The Night Manager”; 2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama, “House M.D.”; 2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama, “House M.D.”
3-1977, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Pasqualino Settebellezze
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