Cynical with empathy, funny but not close to hilarious
Recap: Two surgeons are being sent to the MASH 4077th. But they are not
entirely army material, making their own rules as they go. Of special
interest is of course the nurses. And making extra money. Around them
the whole camp turns to a circus.
Comments: A classic movie, a very cynical satire of the essence of war.
Somewhat graphic and gory for its time but nowadays it is nothing to
speak of. Instead it is a pure enjoyment to watch all the characters
shape their own world. The story revolves mostly around Hawkeye,
Trapper and Duke Forrest, each with their own special character, even
if they have their total disrespect and disregard of regulations and
proper conduct in common. That is really the foundation of the movie.
It is funny, but not in any way that any recent Hollywood blockbuster
would be. It is really another type of humor. It is cynical and, I
wouldn't call it subtle, but is more low key than what we're used of
The movie was followed up by a popular series and if you want a fun
comedy I would actually recommend that over the movie. Not that the
movie was bad or dull in any way, but the movie has a more serious
undertone, whereas the series I feel is more pure comedy. The undertone
is of course the anti-war statement. It lies in the cynical comedy and
can actually go undetected if you don't think about it, and only watch
it for the jokes and puns. But reading about how Fox and the army
reacted to the movie is almost as much fun as watching the movie
There is another dimension to the movie, due to time. Director Altman
managed to gather quite a few young actors that come to have
respectable careers, and still are stars today. Therefore you can see
Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt, Robert Duvall, Rene
Auberjonois and Michael Murphy in much earlier roles. Some in just the
beginning of their careers. And quite frankly, some of them is hard to
A little of the movies charm and sense of being current has been lost
through the years. Still it is a very good and entertaining movie, and
absolutely watchable due to its classic status. But as a pure comedy,
there are better out there.
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This movie's a classic, I love it!! It's hilarious and you can't go wrong watching it! .
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This is the movie that led to a hit series that is still popular to this day..
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Goddamn this is weird, how should I review movies I haven't seen yet. Who thought up this system? Huh??.
brilliant movie ,diplaying realities of war and the lengths people go to cope..
this is a fun war movie kelly's heroes is another fun war movie.
a movie with my personal taste :).
i love mash it my favorite tv series on tv land.
Important? Perhaps. A masterpiece? Not quite.
"M*A*S*H" is continually lauded as an important American film and I
suppose that it has a valid claim to that title. However, I think that
apart from historical significance the film is not particularly
Robert Altman's direction is interesting but to be honest I just didn't
appreciate some of his techniques very much. The frequent use of zoom
wasn't very attractive and while the overlapping sound may have
enforced realism I would rather have had clearer dialogue.
Nevertheless, there is one particularly impressive scene: Painless's
'last supper', framed & shot in irreverent manner by Altman. That scene
and the opening credits also feature "M*A*S*H"'s well-known theme song
"Suicide is Painless".
The cast of then-unknowns is pretty authentic and do their jobs well.
Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall & Sally Kellerman, among others,
populate the story with vivid characterizations. Nevertheless, the film
is still a bit lacking in terms of character development, which isn't
surprising given the breadth of the cast.
As for the story, I'm unclear as to how exactly this is to be construed
as an anti-war film. It's certainly not pro-war but it seems to me to
be too escapist to tackle any stance whatsoever. Yes, there are
gruesome scenes in the operating room which are contrasted with the
zany antics of the surgeons. However, these merely suggest the aim of
maintaining sanity in an insane situation. The plot (what little of it
there is) is as rambling and chaotic as the war itself, which doesn't
help to make the filmmakers' points any clearer. There are indeed some
memorable episodes but overall the story just seems to lack substance.
While I wouldn't say that the film lives up to its reputation I do
consider it worth watching. Altman & company are successful more often
than not and do indeed create some memorable moments. Unfortunately,
those memorable moments are surrounded by other, not so memorable