It might be impossible to know after so many similar films what would the impact of watching this film in 1993 before all the others would have been, still there are many stories and it seems to me the characters are more interesting than the stories themselves and the device of the medfly and the dead woman look to me more interesting than the weaving of stories. The best - obviously - The Planeteers!!! Go Planet!!!
Julianne Moore, naked, talking to Matthew Modine, Chris Penn losing his temper, Jack Lemmon leaving the hospital, Jennifer Jason Leigh as a phone sex operator and Fred Ward urinating in the river: moments of grace offered by Robert Altman to Movie History. Highly recommended.
A solid and engaging prototype for many an ensemble film to come. This film gripped me throughout and had a few really moving scenes. Much to think about though overall not a masterwork but certainly one of my favorite Altman's and quite an impressive work.