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…
"Watch out for your goodies, Hawkeye! That man is a sex maniac; I don't think Hot Lips satisfied him. Don't let him kiss you, Hawkeye!"- Trapper John.
As a fan of the show i just wanted to re watch the original movie in it's entirety. It is a good movie but it does lack the amount of laughs that the show provided due in part to it's very dry humour i guess, some jokes you would miss if you were not paying attention.
I also find it hard to see 'other' actors playing the roles that i am so accustomed to seeing the tv crew play!
While i am here i may as well tell you to read the novels by Richard Hooker, 'A novel about three army doctors', 'Goes to Maine' and 'Mania'. They provide so much more than the films and are written brilliantly!
Hawk Eye and Trapper John are in no way two men to aspire to be but my previous three star rating based on "offensive depictions" has me falling in line with Frank and "Hot Lips". As troubling as the "Hot Lips" character is treated by both characters and filmmaker, to focus solely on the offensive material is to become what the movie is condemning, self seriousness and close minded rule following.
So much brilliance in this movie all across the board. My friend helped point out all the secret plots that are happening in the background. Elliot Gould is insanely good in this.
One of my favorite comedies ever. I could watch hours and hours of Hawkeye and Trapper walking around camp, golfing, doing anything really. Gould and Sutherland have the nonchalance wit and grace that is absolutely needed in great comedy. The only movie to truly remind me of the Marx Brothers, the film has laughs in spades. A giant middle finger to everything people expected from a studio movie at the time. Its the fearless choices that upset some people but those same choices altered movies forever. Altman changed the movie landscape and this is his purest comedy experience. Every character has worth and each deserves their screen time. The biggest issue is that the movie isn't longer.
Really funny and really absurd. The sound design is really unique, with characters regularly talking over each other. It makes a lot of the jokes zip right past you, but really rewards multiple viewings. I give a lot of credit to the cast for pulling it off. Elliot Gould is a god damn American treasure.
Some of the gender politics make me a little uncomfortable. Because I'm viewing this now and not in 1970, I can't tell how much of it is a satire of 50's culture, and how much was contemporary humor. It's humiliating to women either way, just hard to tell if the film is aware of it. I want to give the film the benefit of the…
Everybody knows, Bodger loves.....M.A.S.H(ed) POTATO!!!!!!!
Best war film of all time.
"No. No food. Sex. I want sex! Bring me some sex. No, no, no, that one. Bring me that one over there. That one! The sultry b**** with the fire in her eyes! Take her clothes off!"
Even better on a rewatch!
Robert Altman's The Player was one of the first movies that made me aware of the importance of direction. Even though I couldn't quite put my finger on it, I knew that there was something different unique about that movie. It happened to be the first Altman film I saw and I've seen four others since. I think M*A*S*H has Altman written all over it. No, he didn't write the screenplay so he's not all over that part…
"Suicide is Painless"
Being able to show the gruesome nature of war whilst at the same time creating something that is comedic and irreverent is a tough balancing act. War by its very nature isn't a laughing matter, the many needless deaths, the families bereaved, the innocence lost. Robert Altman manages to get the balance right and 'M.A.S.H' has as much in the way of hijinks as it does deeply sobering scenes of dying men and the effect it can have on the surgeons drafted in to fix them up. It really mirrors war itself, it's a messy film, chaotic - typified by Altman's trademark cross talking techniques - and seemingly going nowhere. The men of 4077 Mobile Army Surgical…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!