Robert Altman (1969)

X Certificate


Our Score
The quality of this acerbic study of life in a Korean War field hospital has been too often overlooked because of the popularity of the TV series it spawned. It takes a while to get used to Donald Sutherland in the role of Hawkeye that Alan Alda later made his own; similarly, you keep expecting Loretta Swit and not Sally Kellerman to appear whenever "Hot Lips" is mentioned. But the glorious wit of Ring Lardner Jr's Oscar-winning script soon has you under its spell. Director Robert Altman and Kellerman were both rewarded with Oscar nominations, only to lose out to Franklin J Schaffner and Helen Hayes, while the film lost in the best picture category to Second World War biopic Patton.


American battlefield surgeons embark on a campaign of drinking, womanising and practical jokes in an attempt to alleviate the horror of the Korean War. Satirical comedy drama directed by Robert Altman, which spawned a long-running TV series. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Hawkeye Pierce Donald Sutherland
Trapper John McIntyre Elliott Gould
Duke Forrest Tom Skerritt
Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan Sally Kellerman
Major Frank Burns Robert Duvall
Lieutenant Dish Jo Ann Pflug
Dago Red René Auberjonois
Colonel Henry Blake Roger Bowen
Radar O'Reilly Gary Burghoff
Sergeant Major Vollmer David Arkin
Spearchucker Fred Williamson
Me Lay Michael Murphy (1)
Ho-Jon Kim Atwood
Corporal Judson Timothy Brown
Lieutenant Leslie Indus Arthur
Painless Pole John Schuck
Pfc Seidman Ken Prymus
Captain Scorch Dawne Damon
Ugly John Carl Gottlieb
Captain Knocko Tamara Horrocks
General Hammond G Wood
Sergeant Gorman Bobby Troup
Private Boone Bud Cort
Director Robert Altman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama