Widely considered a disaster at the time, Mike Nichols’ elaborate film version of Joseph Heller’s absurdist anti-war novel has since recaptured a bit of cult heat. Heller himself was enthusiastic about Buck Henry’s adaptation of his complex work. The four-month shoot (in San Carlos, Mexico on a specially constructed air base) was reportedly a tense and difficult affair, but the result is a trenchant satire whose sophistication eluded audiences who preferred their anti-war hijinks in the broader style of Altman’s M*A*S*H, released the same year. Orson Welles, who plays General Dreedle, had hoped to film the novel but was unable to secure the rights.
You can see the film through different eyes in the Mad Magazine parody from 1971.
About Larry Karaszewski
Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories. Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame. Larry is also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.