A film so beloved that it spawned a television series. That does not happen too often, but it did in this case. Many will have great memories of this film from when they were younger. It was able over the course of 2 hours to make the Korean War seem funny and poignant at the same time. Due to the humour it was able to get away with making strong anti-war statement and be disrespectful of authority and authority figures.
The doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital are trying their best to get through the Korean War alive and sane. Doctors Trapper JohnMcIntyre (Elliott Gould – Ocean's Thirteen, American History X) and Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland – Cold Mountain, The Italian Job – 2003) are talented surgeons who also have never met a martini they don't like. During their down time they make it their own personal duties to cut down the pompous Major Frank Burns (Robert Duvall – Thank You For Smoking, The Godfather) and army girl for life Major Hotlips Hoolihan (Sally Kellerman – Pret-A-Porter, Meatballs III: Summer Job) whenever they can.
It is almost impossible to summarize this film because in reality it is just a series of comedic skits rather than a film with a plot and character development. What is great about the characters is that they are all very human (flawed) and funny. You end up loving them all. The coupling of great acting and writing makes for a fine time spent watching it.
In essence it is a comedy that features both subtle and broad comedic moments. You will definitely find yourself laughing out loud during the course of this film. The comedic moments make the moments of real feelings or bloody operating scenes even that much more touching. Despite the moments of levity we truly feel the horror of war with this picture.
-Complete Interactive Guide to M*A*S*H
– AMC Backstory: M*A*S*H,
– Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H
– M*A*S*H: History Through the Lens
– Remembering M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Cast & Crew Reunion
-Original Theatrical Trailer