Sunday, March 16, 2014


Whether confronting an uptight colleague (Robert Duvall) or harassing the high-strung Hot Lips (Sally Kellerman), Army Captains Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) and Duke (Tom Skerritt) run their Korean based surgical unit with a sort of anarchic, reckless abandon while still maintaining competence in their work. They are only reinforced when like minded Trapper (Elliot Gould) is reassigned to their division who gleefully partakes in the hijinks. From a screenplay from Ring Lardner Jr., who worked from a novel by Richard Hooker, Robert Altman's precursor to the long running TV series is a funny, way offbeat comedy that nails its satiric barbs, features an engaging performance from Sutherland, and a riotous, madcap conclusion.