M.A.S.H.

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Released 1970

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Director:
Robert Altman (I)
Released:
1970
Rating:
PG

M.A.S.H. is the classic 1970 anti-war comedy about medical officers and Army personnel serving near the 38th Parallel during the Korean War at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. The film made stars of Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman, and elevated Robert Altman, hitherto mainly known as a TV journeyman, to the very front rank of American film-makers - a position he never subsequently relinquished. In this strikingly unusual and very serious comedy, the horrors of war are never far away; the comedy comes from the outrageous ways in which the surgeons stay sane - by joking around, defying authority and chasing women between operating sessions. The film was nominated for five Oscars and was later made into a famous TV series - one which the people who made this film tended to disparage, as it was certainly a lot less tough-minded than this daring movie.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    We laugh, that we may not cry. But none of this philosophy comes close to the insane logic of "M*A*S*H," which is achieved through a peculiar marriage of cinematography, acting, di...

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    In the end M.A.S.H. succeeds, in spite of its glaring faults, because Gould, Sutherland, Skerritt, Jo Ann Pflug as the delicious Lt. Dish, and Roger Bowen, as the goof-off commandi...

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Although it is impudent, bold, and often very funny, it lacks the sense of order (even in the midst of disorder) that seems the special province of successful comedy.

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    Donald Sutherland (I)

    Donald Sutherland (I)

    Dr. Benjamin Franklin Pierce, "Hawkeye"

    Elliott Gould

    Elliott Gould

    Dr. John MacIntyre, "Trapper John"

    Tom Skerritt

    Tom Skerritt

    Dr. Augustus Bedford Forrest, "Duke"

    Robert Duvall

    Robert Duvall

    Major Frank Burns

    Sally Kellerman

    Sally Kellerman

    Major Margaret Houlihan, "Hot Lips"

    Rene Auberjonois

    Rene Auberjonois

    Fr. Mulcahy, "Dago Red"

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Military & War, 70s, hospital backdrop, moral dilemmas, coping with death