DVD - 2005
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During the Korean War, three U.S. Army surgeons defy military authority when they are not performing their duties.


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The show might be more well-known, but I prefer the original film by Robert Altman. With a stellar cast, including Donald Sutherland and Tom Skerritt, the film shows the ridiculousness of war.

This one is darkly funny. It follows a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. But the subtext is the Vietnam War. It definitely throws political correctness out the window.

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Aug 07, 2018

Overrated in my opinion. Tv show much, much better.

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

"Suicide Is Painless" (the theme song) was actually a poem written by Mike Altman, the then-14-year-old son of director Robert Altman. Johnny Mandel provided the music, which was used without the title/lyrics for the TV show, which, after all, was a prime-time network sitcom in 1972, set in an army medical corps during the Korean War, so no surprise there.


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laustcawz Mar 24, 2013

Major Margaret O'Houlihan, regarding Captain Hawkeye Pierce: "I wonder how a degenerated person like that could've reached a position of responsibility in the army medical corps."

Father John Mulcahy: "He was drafted."


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