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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…
No one made movies like Robert Altman, and there aren't many war films like "MASH" (if you could even call it that).
Episodic in nature and without much conflict, there are chapters of "MASH" that work in spades and others that flounder a bit. But Altman's direction remains terrific throughout. It's exciting to see how he weaves his camera in, out and around the base, and notice how he creates the sense that we're eavesdropping on the characters. It's not my favorite film of his, but the craftsmanship is remarkable.
Unfortunately, the film does feel a bit outdated and misogynistic at times, particularly in its treatment of Sally Kerman's Hot Lips. I don't think the film's intentions were to be…
I've heard it said before that there are, when you get right down to it, only a handful of stories that even been told. Essentially when you strip any story down to it's bare bones it will fall into one of a few basic categories. I have always thought that if that statement were were true, why do some stories have such a profound effect on me and others do not. My conclusion; it is all in the delivery. In my experience, some of the ways to effectively tell a story - via film, print, or orally - are by establishing complex characters that people can relate to and being able to create smart dialogue. In MASH, Robert Altman does…
I am really kicking myself because I have recently seen this movie. People have told me that I needed to see it and now I know why. From the opening credits I was intrigued. The song "Suicide Is Painless" seeing helicopters bringing in bloodied soldiers. I thought the balance between comedy and the devastations of war was amazing. One of the best examples of this is wen Hawkeye Pierce is sawing off a soldier's leg and you can hear the sound of scraping, he asks a nurse to grab a clamp and scratch his nose.
There were some parts where I thought is was a college party-house movie and forgot that it was a war movie. Things like, the sex…
MASH was an interesting movie for me to observe because my father was involved in the Vietnam War (even though the setting of the war was Korea, the atmosphere was more similar to Vietnam.) The intensity and graphic nature of the open body surgeries portrayed what I believed the war casualties would have been like.
Interesting enough about the film was in fact how well it moved from one intense scene, to a comedic scene. One shot Alex is performing surgery in the surgical tent, and the next shot he is in the camp making jokes and has a comedic attitude.
It was interesting to see the portrayal of women’s right and equality within a military camp. In the film,…
War times are hard to look back on and it’s often difficult to think of any good that could come from it. Robert Altman did what he could though with his film M*A*S*H. Given the military title, one who doesn't know anything about the franchise would assume that it’s to be a serious film about working near the front lines.... nope. The film instead tries to look at a lighter aspect of a military camp during the Korean War using a cast of characters that accentuate the light-hearted yet ready-to-go natures of military personnel in this black comedy.
Centering mostly on the character, Captain Hawkeye Pierce who has just been assigned to MASH unit 4077 arrives at a station with…
I really enjoyed this film. I wasn't expecting it to be written how it was, I was expecting more of a plot instead of how it was more towards skits. I enjoyed that it was a comedy about not humorous things. Robert Altman did fantastic by having all the extras be improvised. The scene with Onward Christian Soldier was one of my favorite scenes in the movie along with the football scene. Though it did jump around a bit with the scenes I feel like it all blended together well. I was surprised it was as sexual as it was. I wasn't expecting any of the things to happen with "hot lips" that happened especially it being from the time period it was in.
MASH: An outlook on life and how to live it.
I’m going to discuss how MASH is not only a comedic outtake of life in the war, but also a deep reference to everyday life, and how it should be lived.
The movie begins with the main character arriving at the base, when another soldier comes along and thinks the main character is a driver, when in fact he’s a captain. The reason this is important is because although he out ranks the other soldier he does not deny being a driver, and proceeds to take the jeep to the camp location. The lesson learned here is that even though you may be of a higher status than another person,…
Robert Altman's MASH has aged really, really badly. What must have surely been hilarious back in 1970 no longer is, and only a handful of moments made me chuckle. Its satirical intentions are clear but they fall short on account of the fact that it was very dull and that it's full of silly jokes and stereotypes that now seem offensive. Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould give very likeable performances but for the most part, their effort was wasted. The soundtrack was good, though.
Robert Altman's MASH isn't a movie driven by plot, but by characters, and these characters and their dynamics with one another are definitely enough to hang a film around. Altman's intention here is to capture the day-to-day aspects of a soldier's life when they aren't on the battlefield, not unlike Sam Mendes' Jarhead, and he captures it in a really unique way, considering the genre: through humor; and very good humor, at that. The fact that a sitcom was borne from this film should've given me a basic idea of what tone to expect, but still, I was surprised (and pleasantly so) to discover just how funny this movie is. And the best part is, it never has to try…
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