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M*A*S*H Gives A D*A*M*N.
One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, MASH focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army bureaucrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an other-worldly Corporal, and a self-righteous yet lusty nurse.
“I wonder how a degenerated person like that could have reached a position of responsibility in the Army Medical Corps!” “He was drafted.”
To show it is to sell it. That’s the thrust of the oft-quoted notion, attributed to François Truffaut, that it’s nearly impossible to make an anti-war film. The depiction cannot help but ennoble and romanticize, even if the intent is to do anything but. The solution? Don’t show the war at all.
Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, which contains nary a battle scene, is as effectively unromantic a film as one could produce on the subject of war. The inhabitants of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital are raucous and witty, but they’re so very angry. They seethe at…
This isn't a hospital! It's an insane asylum, and it's your fault!
Ring Lardner Jr., who was just coming off being blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten, wrote a screenplay adaptation of the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. 15 directors would pass on it before Robert Altman got his hands on it and, much to Lardner's chagrin, made it his own. Using the script as an outline, Altman freely changed scenes and encouraged his actors to ad-lib the dialogue but still gave sole credit to Lardner for the script.
MASH, taking place during the Korean War, is actually thinly veiled commentary on the Vietnam…
Really truthful satire isn't funny, it's painful.
I just can't enjoy watching this movie. It's so damn bleak and depressing. The colors scheme, the deep greens overrun with the blood red, the music, the frumpy characters. Nothing about this movie is enjoyable. The humor doesn't make me laugh, it makes me uncomfortable. It's all about terrible jokes told in terrible circumstances. That's what makes this movie run. The contrast of the mobile army surgical hospital with the good spirits of the crew that works there. It's affecting. As the characters on the screen move from day to day, we're forced to keep going along with them. I know people really love this movie and will watch it on repeat, but…
i told myself i'd watch objectively this time, but...i just can't. for a many-month period of my life i watched MASH every night, on a 10" tv/vcr combo that i kept right next to my bed. i'm not sure if it was the color palette that soothed me, or if i just wanted Hawkeye & Trapper to escort me to my dreams, but this film has always been like a warm hug for my eyes. maybe it's creepy to find such a morbid and emotional comedy so comforting, but there's something about that special Altman ambling charm that lulls me into a smiling hypnosis. lots of the jokes are laugh-out-loud, but mostly they just make me feel good inside. every introduction…
Whether it's the film or the tv series everyone has their favourite M*A*S*H* character. Hawkeye,Trapper,Duke,Hot lips,or even crazy Frank Burns,one will always appeal to your personality. For me Robert Altman's film is head and shoulders above the tv series and for me it doesn't come any better than Donald Sutherland's Hawkeye and Elliott Gould's Trapper.
Sutherland's Hawkeye is a sarcastic and truly original character full of confidence with an eye for the ladies. Gould's often monosyllabic Trapper just oozes cool and is the renowned chest surgeon of the camp. Another joker and drinker he has his heart in the right place.Forever challenging authority,the two lead an almost hedonistic life of women and Martinis with the odd bout of surgery thrown…
Ah man, I loved Mash so much.
Definitely my favourite Altman so far (although a lot of work still has to be done). Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Tom Skerritt are absolutely insane!!
THE funniest Football game I have ever seen.
Yet, this movie is able to convey a level of desperation and sadness that something like Apocalypse Now and even Come and See cant quite reach. The fact that these surgeons feel the need to be as silly as they are just to remain sane amongst all the corpses shows just how far beyond denial they are. This complete evasion and denial of the atrocities around them is something I haven't encountered yet. Mash is often compared to Joseph…
Recently, I've been thinking about film editing's impact on comedies. As great as Woody Allen's script is, the secret sauce to Annie Hall being one of the greatest comedies ever made is the pitch-perfect editing. Right as one joke makes it's punchline, a cut brings the next one in, allowing the jokes to compound perfectly.
In a similar vein (no pun intended), part of what makes MASH's John Landis-style comedy so timeless is Robert Altman's auteuristic ambition. It may not be Altman's most "authentic" film, but rarely can both the analytical and casual sides of me enjoy a movie so consistently.
It's quite good but it took me ages to get into. I don't understand why some people say that this movie although being about the Korean war has alot to do with the Vietnam war, how does it? It's suppost to be a comedy and either the humor was of it's time only or its just not very funny. Don't get me wrong I find alot of older movies hilarious like airplane and the slightly less old naked gun. I do need to rewatch it but I don't think it'll be anytime soon.
I do think the tv show it pretty good and funny though!
A masterpiece. There is nothing like it.
"69 is divine! 69 is divine!"
There's pretty much no dramatic conflict here, other than the ever-looming horrors of war that our unit tries oh so hard to avoid (which is really the whole point when it comes down to it). That said:
This movie was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. I give most of the credit to the sheer charm and charisma of the cast, however (if I ever had to choose between Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould I would cry), because the shenanigans that they participate in range from good-natured to heartlessly cruel. I suppose the social climate at the time of this film's release must also be considered, in which case the irreverence…
Pointless escapade after pointless escapade and outdated humour. The films satirical aspects may not be derivative for its time but today, it just does not work that well due to the fact that so many films have dealt with the same messages and what not.
MASH should get credit for covering a lot of issues, but its insistence on going for the broad canvas rather than settling on a central thesis leaves me feeling just a tad bit confused about what its intentions really are.
I still love this film, but after my third or so viewing, I can't help but dock it a half star for the extended football sequence. It's funny, sure, and the absurdity fits the tone of the rest of the movie, but it goes on for far too long, and feels too much like the finale of a different movie than the one we've been watching. Perhaps it's because I'm not a football fan, but I just felt like it couldn't be over fast enough, which is a shame considering how wonderful the rest of the film really is. Altman is someone I've been studying and absorbing for a long time, and I think this style of film -- consisting of a series of vignettes tightly woven together by a general theme -- is something he would do even better with Nashville a few years later.
There's a vulgar efficiency to these men: detached, offensive, finicky about their martinis. Yet before you can raise your voice to protest they are there, suturing a catastrophic wound in record time and wisecracking while doing it. They organize a Last Supper for their suicidal comrade, and they sure commit: all in white, including the violinists playing taps outside, with candles lit and wine poured. A knife spears a loaf of bread at the table's center, and yet there's Hawkeye, pulling out the blade and ripping the dough apart with his hands. He gives everyone their share; he's no slob.
These are men are not balanced right, from our civilian eyes. They are often cruel and always politically incorrect. Note…
I had watched "M*A*S*H" earlier in the day and had been disappointed with it.
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