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Year
1970
Runtime
116 min.
Director
Robert Altman
Genres
Drama, Comedy, War
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
52,633
Checks
13,630
Favs
651
Dislikes
190
Favs/checks
4.8% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. greenhorg's avatar

    greenhorg

    The aggressive harassment of female coworkers is probably the central running joke of the movie. It wants me to laugh along but it just makes me wince. 12 years 1 month ago
  2. melle224's avatar

    melle224

    Oh, the misogyny. 11 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If you're a fan of the M*A*S*H TV series, Robert Altman's original film whose success spawned it is a cold shower of reality. The tone isn't quite as endearing and the sexual politics in particular seem very dated and objectionable. I think what may be the most off-putting is the level of humiliation "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan is put through by the chauvinistic doctors of the 4077, quite beyond anything that would be tolerable today, which makes Hawkeye, Trapper, etc. unsympathetic. But then this film isn't so concerned with sympathy, or protecting a TV series' leads; it presents a somewhat satirical portrait of life a few miles from the front lines, and lets you decide if "boys will be boys". What we have to remember is that these are doctors who, in civilian life, are likely country club members living large. Thrown into the Korean war without the discipline of the trained soldier, they become lascivious drunkards and con men. Altman shows it, but doesn't spell it out. Once you get rid of your resentment that Donald Sutherland isn't Alan Alda (etc.), you start to see it. Regardless of the discomfort, there are some fun and funny bits throughout. I especially like the mangled P.A. announcements that punctuate the film. 7 years 3 months ago
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