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Best stunt ever? Catch 22

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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2009

Awesome stunt! They had this set up to shoot every day, at the same time, and kept doing it till they got it right. One fx guy got a bit excited and in this take the crash plane was detonated prematurely. But Mike Nichols reckoned it was good enough!

While filming wth 17 flyable Mitchells, Catch 22 had the world's sixth-largest air force! An additional non-flyable hulk was acquired in Mexico, made barely ferry-able and flown with landing gear down to location, only to be burned and destroyed in the landing crash scene. It was buried there, where it still remains.

The film has one of the longest, most complex uninterrupted scenes ever made. In the scene, where two actors talking against a background, 16 of the 17 planes, four groups of four aircraft, took off at the same time. As the scene progresses, the actors entered a building and the same planes were seen through the window, climbing into formation. The problem was, for every take, the production manager has to call the planes back and made to take off again for every take of the particular scene. This was done four times.

Second Unit Director John Jordan refused to wear a harness during a bomber scene. While giving a hand signal to another airplane from the tail gunner position in the camera plane, he lost his grip and fell 4 000 feet to his death.

Of course this would all be CG now!

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