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'MASH (1970)' Movie Review: War is hell

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Captains Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt) have arrived in Korea. They are both surgeons and are both headed to MASH 4077. It's a front line Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit that isn't right on the front lines, but close enough to feel the effects from time to time. The jeep they are in has been stolen from the motor pool. You see, since Hawkeye took off his bars Duke thought he was the driver. Hawkeye is not you typical soldier/doctor. He is not military at all.

They eventually arrive at the 4077 and meet their commanding officer Col. Henry Blake (Roger Bowen). Henry is about as military as anybody else. He just wants to get along with the war and go home. If everybody does their job and don't bother him he's happy.

Cpl. Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) the company clerk is a weird sort of fellow. He knows when things are about to happen. Like when the choppers are coming in with wounded he knows before anybody.

Rounding out the rest of the gang is Capt. Trapper John (Elliott Gould), Major Frank Burns (Robert Duvall), Major Margaret O'Houlihan (Sally Kellerman) and Father John Mulcahy.

Burns and O'Houlihan fall passionately in love even though he's married. Trapper just wants to drink and play with the nurses. Father Mulcahy just wants to pray for everyone to get home.

Trapper and Hawkeye and Duke will become friends and tent mates. Burns will be their fourth man in the tent but will never become friends with them. He is all religious hypocrisy.

The wounded are always coming, well there is a war on. The officers do their best to entertain as well as be entertained.

Some have said that this film is a disrespect to the men and women who fought and died in Korea. Which is why I love the fact that when they put it together Director Robert Altman used veterans to assist on the making of this movie. Men are men and women are women and even though there was a war on people have got to let off some steam. This film is one of the greatest of all time. It is a must see and I personally recommend it . Enjoy.


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