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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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An enjoyable, episodic comedy but not the classic many claim it to be See more (215 total) »


  (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
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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Rated R for sexual content
116 min | USA:112 min (PG version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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This was the first R rated movie to use the word "fuck" in it.See more »
Continuity: Just before Hot Lips confronts Lt. Col. Blake after she was exposed in the shower, outside his tent she has considerable soap on the left side of her face, and once inside his tent it's no longer there.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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60 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable, episodic comedy but not the classic many claim it to be, 8 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

And then there was Korea. In an understaffed and overstretched medical camp Lt Col Blake puts an order in for more surgeons. Dispatched to him in a stolen army jeep are Captain's Hawkeye Pierce and Duke Forrest who immediately start chasing the nursing staff and annoying their tent mate Major Burns. When chest cutter Trapper John McIntyre joins them in the camp it starts a working practice that ignores authority and tries to find as much fun as possible in the middle of their bloody war.

I had watched the TV show for a long time before I finally got to watch the movie - I prefer the cynical comedy of the film although I have always loved the more sitcom style approach of the series. Many critics have hailed this as an anti-war film that exposes the brutal effects of war; to some extent I suppose that is true but it is far from being a part of the main narrative - even to call it a theme would be generous! It does have some scenes of blood and gore but it is far from having anything substantial to say about the cruelty of war.

Instead I always find this film to be a very episodic, freewheeling comedy, some bits of which work and some others don't. On the whole it is pretty funny and uses the sort of sporadic dialogue and action to move it forward. At times it is based on imaginative banter between Trapper and Hawkeye and at others it is out and out slapstick such as the chaotic game of American football at the end of the film. The downside of this is that sections of it just don't work - Painless Paul's dilemma is pretty uninspiring at least - however, on the whole it is energetic and very funny. Altman's use of overlapping dialogue and his usual use of overlapping scenes as opposed to a traditional narrative flow is good here but it would have been better if it had been toned down somewhat.

The cast is what really carries the film - the plot is weak and they have no characters other than what they create themselves and, although the dialogue is good, I couldn't help the feeling that the cast did as much as the writers. As such the lead two of Sutherland and Gould stand out as great comedians with great witty touches, their characters are the largest and their lines are the funniest. Skerritt starts out as equal to them but quickly becomes a third wheel despite still giving a good performance. The support cast are all a good mix of characters whether they be played by actors such as Duvall and Kellerman or less well known faces such as Burghoff or Bowen.

Overall, I am still unable to see what those who call this a `brutal anti-war film' see but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it as a comedy. As such though, it is very episodic and really lacks a solid narrative flow meaning that any 10 minute period could be good or bad. Aside from this lack of substance it is a funny, enjoyable comedy but it doesn't deserve the classic reputation that it has obtained.

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