- Commentary by Director Robert Altman
- 'AMC Backstory: MASH'
- Still Gallery
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: AMC BACKSTORY
- Audio Commentary: Robert Altman
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I wonder how a degenerate person like you could have reached a position of responsibility in the Army Medical Corps."--Hot Lips (Sally Kellerman) to Dago Red (Rene Auberjonois)
"He was drafted."
- Dago Red's reply to Hot Lips
Academy Awards 1970 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ring Lardner, Jr.
Cannes 1970 -
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...[An] inspired, skittish conflict comedy....Subtle, underplayed and poignant..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/21/2006
"M*A*S*H* is still funny..." -- Grade: B+
Premiere - 08/01/2006
"[I]t still boasts a splendid ensemble...[and] a breezy antiestablishment attitude..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
Black Comedy |
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: January 25, 1970
- M*A*S*H was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- The film is based on a series of novels by the pseudonymous Dr. Richard Hooker, a real doctor whose tour of duty in Korea served as the basis for the books.
- Robert Altman was the 15th choice as director for the film.
- At the time of the film's release, M*A*S*H became the 10th highest-grossing film of all time, a feat made all the more impressive because of its low budget.
- Altman recruited his teenage son, Mike, to write the lyrics for the film's theme song, "Suicide Is Painless." Altman joked in 1999 that while his son still receives royalty checks for his efforts, Altman never saw any of the proceeds from the hugely successful television series.
- The television spin-off was a critical and commercial success for 11 seasons on CBS. However, the series was even further removed from the original source material than the movie was.
- Gary Burghoff reprised his role as Radar O'Reilly on the TV series; he was the only actor from the movie to do so.