Hilarious, irreverent, and well-cast black comedy about a group of surgeons and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea. The horror of war is set in counterpoint to their need to create havoc with episodic late-night parties, practical jokes, and sexual antics. An all-out anti-war festival, highlighted by scenes that starkly uncover the chaos and irony of war, and establish Altman's influential style. Watch for real-life football players Fran Tarkenton, Ben Davidson, and Buck Buchanan in the game. Loosely adapted from the novel by the pseudonymous Richard Hooker (Dr. H. Richard Hornberger and William Heinz). Subsequent hit TV series moved even further from the source novel.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.
Oscars 1970: Adapt. Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100; Cannes 1970: Film; Golden Globes 1971: Film--Mus./Comedy, Natl. Film Reg. 1996;; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1970: Film; Writers Guild 1970: Adapt. Screenplay.
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