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Helicopters are bringing in the wounded to a field Hospital, M.A.S.H. unit, in Korea. We meet two newly arrived doctors, Hawk-eye Pierce and Duke, who right off the bat borrow (steal) a jeep to get to their new unit. They are a little unorthodox to say the least. Time to put their bags in their new quarters and then right into surgery. We meet some of the other characters in the unit. A bible punching sergeant, the Major and his assistant, who pretty much keeps the major afloat. The new head nurse, a priest and various other campers. One last surgeon joins Hawk-eye and Duke, a chest specialist by the name of Trapper John. We hang with these three as they save lives, drink, play golf, football, chase nurses and pretty much try to cope with the situation they are in.
A young CB first caught this film when he was down in California for a little trip. Then again later at his usual decrepit old movie house. He certainly hadn’t seen a film like this before. It was a whole new trip but he dug it. A different type of comedy but there was something more to it. Robert Altman put together an entertaining movie. He sets the stage for it to play out and casts a great bunch of actors. Memorable supporting players are all over it. From Bud Cort, John Schuck all the way to the leads. In between we get Robert Duvall in his usual high standard of work as the nut job Frank, Sally Kellerman as Major Margaret Houlihan, Rene Auberjonois as Father “Dago Red” and many more good actors. The three main amigos, Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Tom Skerritt drive the film. All are perfect in their parts. Real good casting. My favorite line in the film is when Hawk- eye while having breakfast with Margaret calls her “A genuine army clown”.
So many good scenes. Burns and Houlihan composing a letter to the major is hilarious. Two self righteous horn dogs trying to deny what they really want to do which is get to it like the rest of the camp. Duvall and Kellermen nail it. The football game was a good set up, Duke sneaking Hot lips into his tent while the other two were away. The list goes on.
An entertaining film from start to finish. A real good watch. Jump in a jeep and go hang out with the MASH unit for a couple of hours. You won’t be bored.
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