Catch-22, A Movie With Too Many Stars? Cast List Of The 1970 WWII Farce

By Emily Morenz
Alan Arkin in 'Catch-22.' Source: IMDB

What could unite Alan Arkin, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Art Garfunkel, Bob Balaban and more? Catch-22, a 1961 novel (by Joseph Heller) that caught fire as one of the great books of the 20th century. When a book goes from generational touchstone to star-studded film -- well, there's going to be a lot of hubbub around the cast list of the movie and the portrayals of the characters, many of whom are ridiculous parodies of military stereotypes. Many A-list actors, who normally played leading roles, filled out the ensemble cast of Catch-22 in supporting roles. Novelist Joseph Heller, whose work inspired the whole thing, deserves credit for writing a scenario that allowed for so many intriguing individual performances.