- Director: Robert Altman
- Writer: Richard Hooker; Ring Lardner Jr.
- Producer: Leon Ericksen; Ingo Preminger
Erratic, episodic and chaotic ? Is this considered a classic/masterpiece simply because the critics said so?
Is Altman possibly the most over-rated director of all time?
Double Oscar winning Lardner's script was mutilated and barely survived the editing room - but, it still won the coveted statuette...a mockery if there ever was one.
The sound has got to be one of the worst in movie history - no-one seemed to notice.
Mediocrity - a fine word for this film and for Altman's talent - people will scream in defiance: take a look at his catalogue...more misses than hits.
Oh, and, the ending is a total embarrassment to film-making.
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.