All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Started watching the sitcom before the film and I wish I hadn't. The subtlety of satire paled in comparison to the more obvious antics in the sitcom. Plus Alan Alda is just so lovable.. Couldn't shake him off my mind as hawkeye!
There's no gunfighting. No soldiers going once more unto the breach. No shocking, violent deaths. No pondering the big question of "Why are we here? What are we fighting for?"
This is like a workplace comedy where the workplace is a hospital near the front lines of the Korean War. I guess that's why this translated so well into a sitcom. It's a lot of fooling around, and your interest in this will depend on how you feel about the characters and whether you think they're mean bully assholes or not.
Unfortunately, a lot of this material hasn't aged that well. There's a plot about a guy who's terrified that he might be a "fairy," uncomfortable mocking of a Japanese…
I can't believe it's taken me this long to see this film. It truly is a funny film, and one of the better war films I've seen. I am not a huge fan of war movies, but this one was an exception. This is an interesting film that both looks at humor, but also the pain of war and life during the Korean War. I did like this film, but I think I should see it again.
I have never been a big fan of Altman, never watched one episode of the TV show.
While I did enjoy the cast and that theme song with actual words is pretty amazing, the tone of this film felt way off.
Like one minute they'd be doing a heavy duty surgery, the next all the guys rig the shower so the can see what Kellerman looks like naked. Serious one minute, a hokey football game the next.
It was never boring and cast members like Sutherland and Gould are a lot of fun, but for a war film, it never seemed to take itself seriously enough. Maybe that was the point, but it just felt false to me.
Hilarious, irreverent, and inappropriate, the movie unwinds aimlessly with severe and sobering medical procedures cut against juvenile hijinks. Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould are both fantastic as insubordinate surgeons, who save lives when their not drinking and womanizing. It takes time to get your footing as there's no standard plot, only a string of episodes before the movie just ends, and the overlapping dialogue makes it difficult to decipher at times. It's so enjoyable and entertaining though that it doesn't matter much, and encourages repeat viewings to try to catch all the details.
I tried three times to watch this straight through and failed twice. But I'm glad I tried a third.
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The fact that MASH is the first mainstream American movie to say the word "fuck" certainly isn't the only groundbreaking thing about this classic.
Not my cuppa.
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