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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 high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Richard Hooker (from the novel by), Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Hawkeye Pierce
Elliott Gould ... Trapper John McIntyre
Tom Skerritt ... Duke Forrest
Sally Kellerman ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan
Robert Duvall ... Maj. Frank Burns
Roger Bowen ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Rene Auberjonois ... Father John Mulcahy
David Arkin ... Sgt. Major Vollmer
Jo Ann Pflug ... Lt. 'Dish'
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. 'Radar' O'Reilly
Fred Williamson ... Dr. Oliver 'Spearchucker' Jones
Michael Murphy ... 'Me Lai' Marston
Indus Arthur Indus Arthur ... Lt. Leslie
Ken Prymus Ken Prymus ... PFC. Seidman
Bobby Troup ... Sgt. Gorman
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You're not a real M*A*S*H fan until you've seen the original. (1982 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Korean

Release Date:

March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M*A*S*H See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$81,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PG)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Father Mulcahy is blessing the Jeep was improvised. Rene Auberjonois found the blessing in a copy of the Army Chaplain's Handbook, and thought it would be a good addition to the story, and to his character. Robert Altman agreed, and the scene was shot in one take. See more »

Goofs

"The Japanese Farewell Song (Sayonara)", which plays over the P.A. speaker when Frank Burns is being taken away in the straitjacket, was not published until 1955, two years after the fighting in Korea ended. 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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Crazy Credits

There are no end credits, other than an announcer reading the actors' names, after which the film abruptly cuts to black. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-released on DVD and VHS unedited and with an MPAA rating of "R" in January 2002. See more »

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Written by James Sanderson
Sung with revised lyrics by various characters
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stilted and mean
16 August 2004 | by DebboSee all my reviews

I too, like another reviewer, had seen this pic only after being accustomed to the TV series. The TV show's characters had a warmth and comradeship, especially in the later seasons. Hawkeye, Trapper or BJ might have teased Frank, Hot Lips or Winchester, but always with a twinkle in their eye. In the movie however, despite Trapper avenging Frank's blaming an intern for a soldiers death and Hawkeye's helping Painless's "problem", I found the movie's characters extremely self-centered, hard-nosed, mean-spirited and hubristic. Hawkeye and Trapper just walk over anyone and everybody to have their way. I guess they feel they are such good surgeons that they don't have to obey any Army regulations. In the REAL army of that period, their shenanigans would have them in court-martial in less time than you could say "I like Ike." Everyone excepting Radar, Father Mulchay and Spearchucker comes across as stuck-up morons. The movie and TV show seem to be completely about something different. I sympathize with the Tokyo jeep driver's sentiment "Goddam Army!"


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