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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…
It's a fun film that has it's share of laughs, but for me that's basically it. And it doesn't help that it's kind of sexist. But I did enjoy it and can see why others do to. Actually I liked it quite a bit more before the whole football thing at the end.
75 Meows out of 100
Through most of this I wasn’t admiring the intricate staging, the brilliant sound work or the admittedly razor sharp comic timing. No, I was sitting and thinking WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? It’s not that anybody involved did their job poorly, I just didn't see the point of presenting us these monsters and their escapades. The only glimmer of a point I found was in the idea that Hawkeye, et al became monsters to protect their psyches from the horror of war, but looking back I think that’s a real stretch. (I’m not someone who believes that villains always need to get their comeuppance or anything, but what are we learning from these overgrown children being mean to the…
Ridiculously boring and offensive
I know this film is considered a classic. It's groundbreaking, loose narrative structure, Altman's overlapping dialogue, it's anti-war, irreverent view of the military. Yeah, I got all that. I get it.
The film is a mess though. It does not hold up to a modern viewing. Its most egregious sins are its blatant misogyny and casual racism. Films are the products of the times they were made, yes, but for a film that feels so modern, it's gender politics are dubious at best.
Also, it's just damn boring.
Sua proposta revolucionária é desperdiçada quando o filme se investe de machismo e homofobia gritantes.
A hilarious political farce - or is it? M.A.S.H. toes the line between satire and jingoism beautifully. I guess the only way to survive the madness of war is to be a little mad yourself...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm so excited to shit all over this movie. I understand the concept okay - bad boy prankster doctors coping with the horrors of war by palling around with the guys and making harmless trouble. It's not as if I have never enjoyed the "he's a dick but he's good at his job that rascal" trope, though it's overused and only ever applied to white men. But I feel like there's a line between that "harmless" dickishness and actually grossly sexist/racist/homophobic/etc behavior and MASH was on the latter side of that line always. Sexually harassing the nurses at every moment, including during an operation? What was with Robert Duvall going off in a straight jacket after he was provoked into…
Through my years watching MASH as a kid on television, I have never seen the movie it was based on. The show stayed pretty true to the film. Hawkeye and Trapper are smart ass surgeons who got drafted into the Korean war. They don't respect authority or the military in general, but they're great at what they do. Col. Blake is a slipshod leader but he lets anything go. Hot Lips Houlihan is a beautiful, albeit stuffed shirt, head nurse.
The timing of the film probably attributed as much to its success as its content. The US was surely beginning to feel the cynicism of the Vietnam conflict. So being able to laugh at our situation was probably what the…
This is one of my favorite comedies!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!