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In a cramped basic-training barracks during the Vietnam War, six young recruits test each other's manhood through a series of violent clashes, while awaiting orders that may send them overseas. Adapted from David Rabe's play, this intense, claustrophobic drama indicts the army's bigotry while presenting the soldiers' very human fears.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"... a different kind of filmed theater that combines the intimacy of the original play with a cinematic expressiveness."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Conveys the toxic effects of the Vietnam war"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sure it's searing and intense, but so is a microwave oven."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"What elevates the film above a dated topical discussion is Altman's imagining of the army barracks as a hothouse environment where tensions and fears play out in oddly manic outbursts%u2014and his direction of his actors accordingly."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"M*A*S*H* stripped from its wise-guy veneer"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The ensemble cast comes up smart with some fine spontaneous performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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