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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…
M*A*S*H, often considered the “first” film of the 1970s, is a lunatic satire that follows the unconventional (with no real structure or train of thought) story of Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and “Trapper” John McIntyre (Elliott Gould), two Korean War Army surgeons who adopt a whimsical lifestyle so they can escape from the tragedies of war and of their MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital); Ridiculing and poking fun at everything that surrounds them is the solution that these two hilarious surgeons find to avoid the melancholy of war—Altman's highest-grossing film is the perfect tragicomedy.
Using the forgotten Korean War (the war no one really cares about because maybe it wasn't too violent to be considered relevant) as the background…
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…
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…
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…
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…
I remembered watching M*A*S*H the TV series on rerun when I was young and even at that age I found the joking and jostling around the casualties of war a tad too insensitive.
However I do understand there was a chronic need for levity for these noble medical staff of the unsolicited Korean war, swamped by death and decapitation all day long and somehow it justified all their mischievous antics.
Of course it was easy to like the charismatic Alan Alda as Captain Hawkeye Pierce.
The original film from Robert Altman was very much a longer, segmented episode of the TV series, once again easy to like due to the charisma of the leading stars like Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt…
A touching comedy drama from director Robert Altman.
This movie didn't work at least for me even some of the jokes were funny. As a woman I had hard times to identify myself to some things, like a public desecration of a certain woman in a shower but I was amazed what a great team spirit between men there were. I wanted to join army too (even I know I wouldn't cope there at all). That radio announcer was funny. This is an OK movie but a little too... incoherent? I didn't know what was the idea behind all this.
MASH's brilliance is on the periphery and announcements that pepper the camp. The events in the foreground are often of no consequence.
Whenever I think of "MASH," I think of my friend Colin, who repeatedly has gushed that the TV series is God-tier and is also his all time favorite TV show.
"Suicide is painless..."
I was really afraid that this film was going to spiral into dry, misogynistic comedy that wasn't as smart as it thought it was. The turning point for me was when Houlihan and Burns, the most "morally righteous" members of the 4077th give into their desires and bang each other. When the righteous ones fall from grace, who the hell cares about what everyone else does?
From there I allowed the absurdity of the situation to outrule any "ummmm these characters objectify women!" sentiments I might have.…
I laughed like Muttley.
In this classic satire of military life during the Korean War, the day-to-day adventures of two Army field-hospital surgeons (Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould) include playing pranks on their superior officers, drinking lots of martinis, hitting on nurses, and occasionally saving some lives.
Like many people, I am more familiar with the long-running TV series based on this movie, than with the film itself. Released during the height of the Vietnam conflict, the crude humor in "M*A*S*H*" was apparently considered quite shocking/subversive in its day (legend has it that this was the first major studio film in which someone said the "F" word), but its edges have been dulled by the passage of time. There's no real "story" to this movie, it feels like it was stitched together from a bunch of random sketches.. Still, it's a fairly entertaining period piece.
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One of the defining films of the 70s, but I personally didn't resonate with it, both in terms of story and humour.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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