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MASH -- A pair of surgeons at a mobile army surgical hospital create havoc with their martini parties and their practical jokes on nurses and other doctors. Based on richard hooker's novel.
MASH -- The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Hooker (from the novel by)
Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)
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Release Date:
March 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
M*A*S*H Hysteria See more »
Plot:
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Sutherland ... Hawkeye Pierce

Elliott Gould ... Trapper John McIntyre

Tom Skerritt ... Duke Forrest

Sally Kellerman ... 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan

Robert Duvall ... Maj. Frank Burns
Roger Bowen ... Col. Henry Blake

Rene Auberjonois ... Father John Mulcahy

David Arkin ... Sgt. Major Vollmer

Jo Ann Pflug ... Lt. 'Dish'

Gary Burghoff ... Corporal 'Radar' O'Reilly

Fred Williamson ... Dr. Oliver 'Spearchucker' Jones

Michael Murphy ... 'Me Lai' Marston
Indus Arthur ... Lt. Leslie
Ken Prymus ... PFC. Seidman

Bobby Troup ... Sgt. Gorman
Kim Atwood ... Ho-Jon
Timothy Brown ... Cpl. Judson (as Tim Brown)

John Schuck ... Capt. 'Painless' Waldowski
Dawne Damon ... Capt. Storch

Carl Gottlieb ... 'Ugly John'
Tamara Wilcox-Smith ... Capt. 'Knocko' (as Tamara Horrocks)
G. Wood ... Gen. Hammond

Bud Cort ... Pvt. Boone
Danny Goldman ... Capt. Murrhardt

Corey Fischer ... Capt. Bandini
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Altman ... Duke's 5-Year-Old Son (uncredited)
Joe Amsler ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carrell Balderston ... Football Player (uncredited)
William Ballard ... Football Player (uncredited)
Terry Belmore ... Football Player (uncredited)
Steven Bewley ... Football Player (uncredited)
Stanford Blum ... Football Player (uncredited)
Tommy Brown ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Michael Bruce ... Football Player (uncredited)
Buck Buchanan ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Jim Burger ... Football Player (uncredited)
Norma Burkus ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Sal Centeno ... Football Player (uncredited)
David Chambliss ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Craig Chudy ... Football Player (uncredited)
Jack Concannon ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Jim Connors ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Michael Consoldane ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Cathleen Cordell ... Capt. Peterson - Nurse Corps (uncredited)
Bill Cosper ... Football Player (uncredited)
Robert V. Cox ... Football Player (uncredited)
Ronn Cragg ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Davidson ... Football Player #88 - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Ray Didsbury ... Ad Lib Doctor (uncredited)
James B. Douglas ... Col. Wallace C. Merril (uncredited)
Tom Falk ... Corporal (uncredited)
Jerry Freeman ... Football Player (uncredited)

John Fujioka ... Japanese Golf Pro (uncredited)
Joe Gantos ... Football Player (uncredited)
Edward Garcia ... Football Player (uncredited)
Lynn Grate ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ken Griffin ... Football Player (uncredited)
Joanne Hahn ... Ward Nurse (uncredited)
Roy Hall ... Football Player (uncredited)
Sumi Haru ... Japanese Nurse (uncredited)

Buck Holland ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Van L. Honeycutt ... Helicopter Pilot #1 (uncredited)
Susan Ikeda ... Japanese Caddie (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Korean Doctor (uncredited)
Alfred Jones ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jerry Jones ... Motor Pool Sergeant (uncredited)
Mark Jones ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joe Kapp ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Mike Kemp ... Football Player (uncredited)
Tom Kinzer ... Football Player (uncredited)

Ted Knight ... Offstage Dialog (voice) (uncredited)
Mary Jean Kuga ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Douglas Laurence ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harvey Levine ... 2nd Lieutenant (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Korean Doctor (uncredited)
John Linton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Manser ... Football Player (uncredited)
John Marsden ... Football Player (uncredited)
Whitey Matheson ... Football Player (uncredited)
Homer G. McCready ... Helicopter Pilot #2 (uncredited)
Sam A. Mides ... Football Player (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Offstage Dialog (voice) (uncredited)
Don Moshier ... Football Player (uncredited)
Mickey Moshier ... Football Player (uncredited)
Eugene Mullen ... Football Player (uncredited)
John Myers ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Rick Neilan ... Hammond's Aide (uncredited)
Lloyd Nelson ... Offstage Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff ... Football Player (uncredited)
Art Oliver ... Football Player (uncredited)
Monica Peterson ... Pretty W.A.C. Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Pettie ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jerry Pierson ... Football Player (uncredited)
Eulan R. Poss Jr. ... Helicopter Pilot #3 (uncredited)
Ron Quay ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Thomas Randa ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Roemling ... Football Player (uncredited)
David Sachs ... Surgeon #1 (uncredited)
Masami Saito ... Japanese Caddie (uncredited)
Rosemary Sangster ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tony Santoro ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Howard Schnellenberger ... Football Referee (uncredited)
Bonnie Sue Schwartz ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Samantha Scott ... Nurse / Pin-up Model (uncredited)
Linnea Sievers ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
L. Ortega Smith ... Football Player (uncredited)
Noland Smith ... Football Player - 325th Evac. 'Superbug' (uncredited)
Owen Song ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ron Stein ... Football Player (uncredited)
Fran Tarkenton ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Vicki Townsend ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Dianne Travis ... Correspondent (uncredited)
Johnny Unitas ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Ron Van Hagen ... Football Player (uncredited)
Greg Walker ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Hiroko Watanabe ... Japanese Prostitute (uncredited)
Don Watters ... Football Player (uncredited)
Ron Way ... Football Player (uncredited)
Howard Williams ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Tom Woodeschick ... Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)
Yoko Young ... Japanese Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Richard Hooker (from the novel by)

Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)

Produced by
Leon Ericksen .... associate producer
Ingo Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Jack Martin Smith 
Michael Friedman (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Les Berns .... makeup artist (as Lester Berns)
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Gerry Leetch .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... prop master (uncredited)
Robert Lombardi .... greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
John D. Stack .... sound (as John Stack)
Arthur Cornell .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Don Hall .... supervising sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Jolliffe .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Billie Owens .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David Sachs .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Joe Amsler .... stunts (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
John Forsyth .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Stein .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert W. Full .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry R. Jones .... first company grip (uncredited)
Paul Koons .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
G. Austin Saunders .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Schwartz .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
John Intlekofer .... costumer (uncredited)
Mary Tate .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Diana Wilson .... costumes (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme music
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Mayuto Correa .... percussionist (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Sam E. Levin .... music film editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ross Levy .... assistant to the producer (as Y. Ross Levy)
David Sachs .... medical advisor (as Dr. David Sachs)
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
James Margellos .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Marion Peterson .... first aid (uncredited)
Andy Sidaris .... football choreographer (uncredited)
Linn Unkefer .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"M.A.S.H." - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
"M.A.S.H." - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content
Runtime:
116 min | USA:112 min (PG version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (cut US version) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Ireland:18 | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (PCA #22275) | USA:PG (cut) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
This film was among the first to be released on home video. In 1977 20th Century Fox licensed 50 of its titles to a fledgling video duplication company called Magnetic Video Corp. Fox purchased the company in 1978, laying the groundwork for its current successful video operation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the chopper comes in while Hawkeye and Trapper are playing golf, Hawkeye is seen on the edge of the pad. In the next shot, he is seen below the edge of the pad.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
[Leaves]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)See more »

FAQ

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61 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Important, influential, just not that good, 22 December 2003
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

"MASH" broke barriers and defied conventions when it was first released in 1970. It still does today.

The pendulum has swung back a lot since 1970, and for that you still get a sense of the pioneering spirit with which the film was made. The overlapping dialogue. The non-linear, character-driven plot. The caustic humor. The attacks on religion (real religion, as the New York Times noted when the film came out, not false sanctimony but actual belief in God.)

Yes, in those ways the film is as powerful now as it was when it was first released. But you see something else, something audiences didn't see in 1970, so blown away were they by the newness of it. That is the picture runs out of gas halfway through.

You have a powerful beginning, that eerie montage with the strange song "Suicide Is Painless" playing mournfully while doctors, nurses, and orderlies silently rush to relieve choppers of their human cargo. It's quietly effective, immediately giving you a sense of the 4077th MASH unit (looking much bigger and grimmer than it ever did in the TV series) and coming as close as the movie ever does to delivering an effective anti-war statement. The movie builds from there as we meet the various characters, beneficiaries of their actors' strong improvisational work. It feels like real-time eavesdropping on a community of actual human beings. Scenes like Major Burns and Hot Lips' transmitted tryst and Painless Pole's suicide attempt are not as funny as we are meant to think, but they are well shot, especially the Painless Pole bit, the best thing in the movie for pure entertainment. The way all the guys in the Swamp crack up when Painless tells them he's decided to kill himself may be the film's funniest moment.

What happens next feels like a wrong turn. Hot Lips becomes the subject of a camp bet that exposes her to massive humiliation. Call it "indecent" or "politically incorrect," it is just plain wrong, exposing the film's (and its director's) nasty streak toward women and alienating any concern you might have built up for the characters. When she and Burns were targeted before, you had a sense they had it coming because of her overbearing military approach and his blaming orderly Boone for killing a patient. This time, she's a spent force, no threat to anyone, and "a damn good nurse," as Trapper says, just doing her job as best she can despite her earlier bad experience. I'm struck dumb at the idea I'm supposed to be laughing when she rushes into Col. Blake's tent in shock and tears.

The film never recovers. Instead, it veers wildly off course, away from the camp and into two radically pointless subplots, one involving a trip by Hawkeye and Trapper to Japan where they operate on a congressman's son and a sick infant (some sort of parallel there, though lost on me), the other a football game that apparently was director Robert Altman's comment on the folly of war, but to me just shows what happens when you allow your characters to veer off-script for so long you can't make it back to the ending as written. The game takes up too much time, throws in goofy circus music complete with slide whistles, and features the once iron-willed Hot Lips in the role of outlandishly enthusiastic cheerleader for all the people who tormented her so viciously for the duration of the film. Sally Kellerman's performance in the second half of the film is nothing like it was in the first half; it's embarrassingly, cartoonishly bad. Altman should have reined her in, but you get the feeling he was just rushing by then to get it all in the can before the studio figured out what he was up to and took his film away.

Altman was just so much better making "Nashville." Obviously he learned a lot. It's amazing how pasty everyone in this film looks, particularly Donald Sutherland, who seems leprous. No wonder he tried to get Altman fired. So much of the supporting players faded away, and though they do good work, it's not a surprise. They all seem so squalid and ugly as Altman shoots them.

It's interesting comparing the characters here to their counterparts in the TV series. For me, the TV characters are usually preferable. Robert Duvall mines zero comedy from Frank Burns, playing him very seriously in comparison to Larry Linville's more likeably miserable TV Burns. Roger Bowen had a great voice, but is nearly robotic as Blake, having none of McLean Stevenson's panache. What's worse than a pompous moralizing Hawkeye with Groucho affectations? How about that annoying whistle! Even Gary Burghoff, the one real holdover from film to series, plays a nastier Radar in the movie, meaner, tougher, less innocent.

The whole film is mean, tough, less innocent. It gets points from me for that. Altman and his cast develop a magnificent mood right away. But they fail to do very much with it. "MASH" is a great 45-minute-long movie that just goes on too long.

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