What's the Difference between MASH the Movie and M*A*S*H the TV Show?



Released: 1970
Director: Robert Altman


Released: 1972
Creator: Larry Gelbart
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Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce
Portrayed by: Donald Sutherland
Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce
Portrayed by: Alan Alda
Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan
Portrayed by: Sally Kellerman
Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Portrayed by: Loretta Swit
Duke Forrest
This Character does not appear.
This Character does not appear.
Max Klinger
The Painless Pole
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M*A*S*H Movie vs TV Show
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In the Movie In the TV Show
   Frank Burns is a Captain. Frank Burns is a Major and Hawkeye's superior.
   After the camp exposes her while taking a shower, Major Houlihan resigns her commission. This does not happen; Major Houlihan stays from the beginning of the series until the end of the war.
   Father Mulcahy is somewhat rough around the edges and is not afraid to curse or stand up to Hawkeye. Father Mulcahy acts innocent and fatherly.
   Hawkeye, like all the other surgeons, dislike the war and the ensuing casualties but do not protest against the war's cause. Hawkeye is a frequent critic of the war and why it is being fought.
   Col. Blake is a Regular Army doctor who has been in the service for a long time. Col. Blake was drafted.
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