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Movie : Mash

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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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19 comments on “Movie : Mash

  1. Vinyl Connection
    March 25, 2018

    Yep, it’s a very entertaining film (though the overlong ‘football’ scene drags for non-US audiences). Funny how after devouring the TV series for so long, the performances in the feature film (though excellent) can’t help feeling just a bit ‘wrong’.
    Great review CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 25, 2018

      A few moments that didn’t work for CB. I’m the opposite Bruce, I could never get into the TV show. Sutherland was Hawkeye to me. Maybe because I saw the film first.
      1537 is threatening a guest review. A Vinyl Connection take on a movie that did it for you would be welcome.

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  2. J.
    March 25, 2018

    Can you believe I’ve never seen this? Seriously… you make me want to see it, though.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 25, 2018

      It’s all about rediscovering these past films (and music). I think it would be worth the time but hell what do I know.

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      • J.
        March 26, 2018

        No, it definitely is. I don’t really get around to watching an awfy lot of flicks these days… and spare time I have I use for getting tunes in my ears! Movies tend to be watched when both my wife and I get a chance to sit down at a decent time together in the evening over the weekend.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 26, 2018

        My gal and I are the same. we share a love of film.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 25, 2018

    Greetings, CB.

    Which do you like better, the movie or the TV series?
    I can’t decide. They’re both good.

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  4. 1537
    March 27, 2018

    I loved this, although that poster always freaked me out!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 27, 2018

      Yeah i could see how that poster would rub somebody the wrong way. What kind of head space was the person in that came up with that concept?

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  5. Jim S.
    March 29, 2018

    So bear in mind the movie came out in 1970, smack dab in the middle of the Vietnam war and protests of same. And although it was a movie about Korea, it was taken as being an anti-Vietnam movie. So given the times, that poster pulls together the peace sign and, I guess, whatever level of hinted sex there was in the film. I saw this (I’m very old) in Manhattan when it came out. It was electric because everybody was young and it was almost like, “Hey, we’re a bunch of hippies (I wasn’t really) and this is our tribe and we’re bonding.” So in context, a completely different experience than, say, seeing it on the tube 30 years later. Somewhat of a cultural phenomenon at the time. Love this film all the way but I thought the TV show was terrific as well. Each had their charms and the TV show allowed them to go deeper. Still one of the best shows ever IMHO. BTW, Sutherland is, of course, Canadian. But you knew that.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 29, 2018

      Now that is a hell of a comment. A little history involved. I just don’t have you pegged as a hippie type (Especially after reading that book of yours). I never did catch the TV show. Yeah and i did know that about my fellow Canuck. As a matter of fact I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately.
      ( Did you ever think about dropping a review on that obscure Canadian film you seen a while back that had something to do with a drunk cop?)

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      • Jim S.
        March 29, 2018

        Now that’s not a bad idea. I’ll do it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 29, 2018

        Thanks fella. It’s being picked up by a different US Distributor. So it’s still kicking. They tell me all that shit helps. I forgot to ask you back when it was fresh in your mind. Thanks again Doc.

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      • Jim S.
        March 31, 2018

        Done.

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  6. mitchteemley
    May 1, 2018

    Haven’t seen the film in years, but I remember loving it long before the classic TV series.

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