Yossarian is a bombardier during World War II. He desperately tries to be declared insane by the Air Force in order to go home. However during the process he slowly watches each of his friends and crew die off in the horrors of war. –IMDb
Mike Nichols (born Nov. 6, 1931, Berlin, Ger.) American motion-picture and stage director whose productions focus on the absurdities and horrors of modern life as revealed in personal relationships.
Nichols immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven. He attended the University of Chicago (1950–53), studied acting under Lee Strasberg in New York City, and then returned to Chicago, where, with Elaine May, Shelley Berman, Barbara Harris, and Paul Sills, he formed the comic improvisational group The Compass Players. Nichols and May then traveled nationwide with their social-satire routines, and from 1960 to 1961 they performed on Broadway in An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Nichols made his Broadway directorial debut with the highly praised Barefoot in the Park (1963) and went on to direct a series of commercially and critically successful Broadway plays, many written by Neil Simon. He won Tony awards for Barefoot in the Park, Luv (1964… read more
A noble attempt to capture Joseph Heller's novel of the same name, Nichols' direction is decent, but the sound design is abysmal. I could barely hear some of the lines, and while the cast is loaded (Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Bob Newhart) some of the characters fall flat on their feet, with the notable exception of Arkin's Yossarian. I love the novel, but I'm disappointed.
a very unique and hard to swallow approach on anti war farce. I read it's the streamlined version of the book, but it's still hard to follow. the characters are pretty funny and fitting, the setting and set are impressive and in between it reaches an absurdity that terry gillian would like.