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.
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…
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…
Impossible not to think about all the years I have watched the TV show, now that I have finally sat down to this film. It must be a little like people watching the Kristy Swanson Buffy after having seen most or all of the TV series.
Still, what I can say about this film is that it's irreverent, silly, and even a little touching. It's not all that funny, except in an abstract sense. The lines and situations are the kind that make you chuckle when you recall them later or tell them to someone, though I didn't laugh much during the movie.
Trapper, Hawkeye, and Duke are great doctors and loyal friends. But they won't stand for bullshit, rules…
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Week 1 „Medicos joking“
Well… It was absolutely out of the blue and appeared to be something completely different from what I expected. All I knew about this film was that it's cult anti-war comedy. So I prepared to giggle with satisfaction as I do every time I re-watch a grotesque Strangelove for instance.
Instead I did not once smiled during the whole movie. I watched it with my eyes wide open and absolutely frustrated. By the end, I felt a deep emotional aversion to all and sundry character in the film, despite the fact that their behavior is fair enough, in the context of the general absurdity of what was happening on the screen. So in…
Too episodic for my tastes and not everthing in it works, but the parts that do, are quite brilliant. It's smarter and edgier than the tv-series it spawned (Altman never approved of it) and thankfully, unlike the series, it's completely free of canned laughter. The theme song goes straight to my heart everytime I hear it, an instant hit that I immediately loved the first time i heard it, it never gets old. Altman's son was 14 years old when he wrote the lyrics, kind of heavy (and mature) stuff for an almost child to put down on paper:
Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
This is a classic, the funniest war movie ever. My favorite line of the whole movie is Hotlips exclamation during the football game "Oh my God! They've shot him. "
That thing they do with the credits: excellent.
Due to the popularity of the television show people tend to forget the very good movie which started the whole thing. This was Robert Altman at his best as he pokes extreme satire on the whole idiocy of war. Several counter culture doctors operate at a forward Korean War hospital causing havoc only rescued by their competence. This was made at the height of the Vietnam War so it found a ready audience when it was released. The film hasn’t aged well as a lot of the jokes have become so iconic that they lost their edge. It was also kind of jarring to see the major actors so young when all of them are still active nowadays at a slightly advanced age. You can see the promise in these young actors that forged those careers. Lt Dish – still hot.
It's the best war, medical, and football movie of all time. Still my favorite Altman.
I think a couple of lines from Bob Dylan’s «Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)» might sum up how I feel about this movie:
I like to do just like the rest, I like my sugar sweet,
But guarding fumes and making haste,
It ain't my cup of meat
I like my sugar sweet. I like my jokes to be funny. I like my movies to have (something resembling) a plot. This movie wasn't my cup of meat.
Comédia inteligente, um retrato da 'imoralidade' e liberdade em um cenário repressor: o exército. A seqüência do jogo de futebol americano é hilária, o ápice do filme
I never wanted this war comedy to end. Non-stop humor.
it's possible that Robert Altman defined the word "irreverent" when he made this film
excellent is a good word for it, too
Great movie, led to a great show.
"I know it's a helicopter!"