M*A*S*H Gives A D*A*M*N.
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- 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:
|Starring||Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman & Robert Duvall|
|Performer:||Roger Bowen, Jo Ann Pflug & Rene Auberjonois|
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Edited by||Danford B. Greene|
|Screenwriting by||Ring Lardner, Jr.|
|Composition by||Johnny Mandel|
|Art Direction by||Arthur Lonergan & Jack Martin Smith|
|Produced by||Ingo Preminger|
|Director of Photography:||Harold E. Stine|
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."
"He was drafted."
- Dago Red's reply to Hot Lips
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Ring Lardner, Jr.
Cannes 1970 - Palme d'Or
The finest American comedy since Some Like It Hot, the Mr. Roberts of the Korean War, The Graduate of 1970, and the film that has been expected from director Robert Altman for some short time. Full Review
M*A*S*H* is still funny... -- Grade: B+
M*A*S*H is a comedy of military humor, with a tear here and there, plenty of gags, and fun dialogue. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
[I]t still boasts a splendid ensemble...[and] a breezy antiestablishment attitude...
Rating: 4/4 -- For me, M*A*S*H contains as much depression as humor. Full Review
A good (but not great) comedy about the calculated idiocies of war precisely because it is a human and ultimately humane movie. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
What lingers is the Army's sexism. At first it's exposed but the story soon indulges in the humiliation of women. M*A*S*H* remains enjoyably irreverent but falls well short of the counterculture, anti-establishment war-satire it could've been. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
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.
With the release of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H in 1970, a new form of comedy was born, one that would help to forever change the face of cinema. Altman's audacious film reflected the American counterculture's growing distrust of religion and government in the late 1960s and early 1970s, resulting in one of the biggest box office smashes of its time. Introducing the techniques he would employ throughout his storied career--overlapping dialogue, a constantly moving camera with a heavy amount of zooming, and a bold combination of frank subject matter with cynical humor--Altman immediately vaulted himself to Hollywood's upper ranks. Based on the novel by Richard Hooker, M*A*S*H follows a group of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital officers as they perform surgery and pass the time just miles from the front lines of the Korean conflict. Led by sardonic captains "Hawkeye" Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and "Trapper" John McIntyre (Elliott Gould), the film has the feel of an absurd three-ring circus. Other characters include the uptight nurse "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan (Sally Kellerman), the confused Major Frank Burns (Robert Duvall), the troubled Captain "Painless" Waldowski (John Shuck), and the simpleminded Captain "Duke" Forrest (Tom Skerritt). Altman's decision to present his film as a series of loosely connected vignettes rather than a traditionally unfolding narrative perfectly captures the freewheeling spirit so unique to early-'70s cinema.
Black Comedy | Buddies | War | Recommended | Doctors | Military | Satire | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- 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.
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