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MASH (1970)

R | | Comedy, Drama, War | March 1970 (USA)
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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.



(from the novel by), (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Bowen ...
'Me Lai' Marston
Indus Arthur ...
Lt. Leslie
Ken Prymus ...
PFC. Seidman
Sgt. Gorman


The personnel at the 4077 MASH unit deal with the horrors of the Korean War and the stresses faced in surgery by whatever means. The tone at the MASH is established by recent arrivals, surgeons Captains 'Hawkeye' Pierce, 'Duke' Forrest, and 'Trapper' John McIntyre - the latter who Hawkeye knows he's met somewhere, but Trapper who won't divulge where - whose antics can be best described as non-regulation, and in the negative words of one of their fellow MASH-ers: unmilitary. The unit's commanding officer, Colonel Henry Blake, doesn't care about this behavior as long as it doesn't affect him, and as long as they do their job and do it well, which they do. Their behavior does extremely bother fellow surgeon, Major Frank Burns, and recently arrived head nurse, Major Margaret Houlihan, who obtains the nickname 'Hot Lips' based on information they glean about her through underhanded means. Beyond their battles with Frank and Hot Lips, Hawkeye, Duke and/or Trapper help unit dentist Painless ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

M*A*S*H  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$81,600,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (PG)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The loudspeaker shots and announcements were added after the editing process had begun and the filmmakers realized that they needed more transitions. Some of the loudspeaker shots have the Moon visible and were shot while the Apollo 11 astronauts were on the Moon. See more »


When the chopper comes in while Hawkeye and Trapper are playing golf there's a good aerial view of the camp and helipad. The nurses who are sunbathing at the bottom of the helipad when the pilot runs down the hill are not in that spot (or anywhere else) during the helicopters arrival. Also, the dirt hillside of the landing pad where Hawkeye and the pilot scuffle is already messed up from previous takes. The freshly turned over dirt is much darker there than elsewhere on the hillside. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Radar.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Yes, sir. I'll get ahold of Major Burns...
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: I want you to get a hold of Major Burns...
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: ...Tell him to hold a couple day surgeons over into the night shift.
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Tell him we're going to have hold a couple of surgeons over from the day shift out of the night shift.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: I'll put in a call to General Hammond in Seoul...
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Get General Hammond down there in Seoul, tell him to send us those new surgeons right away.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: ...I hope he sends us those two new surgeons. We're sure gonna need'em.
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Crazy Credits

Robert Altman cast so many unknowns in the movie that after one or two known actors, the cast credits all say "Introducing" See more »


Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »


Onward, Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Hawkeye, Duke and others
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User Reviews

A classic war-is-hell movie
31 January 1999 | by (New Hope, Alabama USA) – See all my reviews

No, not the very wonderful TV series. The Robert Altman film with Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye, Elliott Gould as Trapper John, and Radar as Radar. This is a dark comedy, but it's a delight from beginning to end. And even more effectively than the TV show, the movie illustrates the complete insanity of war. (But even the movie doesn't depict Jesus on the cross hanging from a helicopter. For that you'll need to read the book.) Like most Altman films, this one is episodic. It's also gritty, grim, bloody, offensive, and charming. And Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) is not a character watered down and humanized for television. This is an example of a film so rich in detail (like Altman's "Popeye," come to think of it) that it demands multiple viewings.

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