MASH (1970)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, War

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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.




  • Robert Altman in MASH (1970)
  • Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in MASH (1970)
  • Elliott Gould and Ben Davidson in MASH (1970)
  • Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in MASH (1970)
  • Elliott Gould and Jo Ann Pflug in MASH (1970)
  • Robert Altman in MASH (1970)

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25 July 2000 | darth_sidious
This picture is quite interesting in its portrayl of how one can cope during the stupidity of war. There is no message in this picture, there is no strong narrative, no story. It's a barrage of jokes edited together perfectly. Altman's direction is quite unique, the strong zooms, the editing, over-lapping dialogue. The fact that there is no plot throws up challenges, and I certainly admire the effort put into this by all concerned

The production values are terrific and the photography is miserable, which is perfect!

Sutherland is so damn perfect, such a terrific performance, I love the goofy style.

There are times when the picture isn't interesting and sometimes things fall flat. But there are jokes and laughs which this film relies on during the absurd war, it's the joking that keeps these characters alive.

I wouldn't say this picture features a good screenplay but the direction is so unique that it deserves to be seen by everyone. They don't make challenging works like this anymore.

Remember to watch this film in widescreen otherwise you'll miss out on 43% of the picture.

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Robert Altman felt that he was able to get away with so much during shooting because the officials at 20th Century Fox were keeping a closer watch on their two massively expensive projects, also war films, although they were both about World War II, Patton (1970) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). All three films turned out to be critical and box office successes.


Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Radar.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Yes, sir. I'll get ahold of Major Burns...
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: I want you to get a hold of Major Burns...
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: ...Tell him to hold a couple day surgeons over into the night shift.
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Tell him we're going to have hold a couple of surgeons over from the day shift out of the ...


The dirt/stubble of Radar's face is inconsistent during the football game, as when he says, "Their ringer spotted our ringer."

Crazy Credits

Robert Altman cast so many unknowns in the movie that after one or two known actors, the cast credits all say "Introducing"

Alternate Versions

This movie was one of the first releases on early 80's RCA Selectavision CED discs system. The disc contains what is today considered to be the R rated version of the film even though the packaging shows a PG rating. Also, instead of letterboxing or squeezing (as was customary at the time)the title frame is simply shows cropped off at the sides so that the all you could see of the M*A*S*H title was "A*S*"


When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)
(1942) (uncredited)
Written by
Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus and Bennie Benjamin
Sung by the doctors and nurses when the lights go out in the operating tent


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Comedy | Drama | War

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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