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.


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  • Elliott Gould and Ben Davidson in MASH (1970)
  • Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in MASH (1970)

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7 November 2004 | michelerealini
Overrated
I think "MASH" is not as good as many people say, for me it's not a classic. This Robert Altman movie, made during the Vietnam war years, talks about a group of doctors during the Korea conflict. The film was a big hit when it came out, maybe because it was the first movie to talk about army in a funny way -it teased the US Army...

Today the film looks old and overrated and the political sarcasm seems very weak, actually. There's no doubt that Altman wanted to do an antihero film, but after all "MASH" is a portrait of doctors who make jokes and tries to survive with humor. Themes like stupidity and horror of war are not treated, there isn't an analysis of this. Where's the antimilitarist message?

Even if it's an Altman movie, the film looks like a long TV movie. The director made much better movies. The only interest here, to me, is seeing young actors like Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt, Robert Duvall, René Auberjonois and Sally Kellerman.

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Trivia

When studio executives first saw the dailies, they complained to Robert Altman that the soldiers looked dirty compared to the soldiers in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Patton (1970). Altman, a veteran of World War II, replied that soldiers in war are dirty. The next day, the executives told the producers of those two films to make their soldiers look dirtier.


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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 ...


Goofs

When the chopper comes in while Hawkeye and Trapper are playing golf there's a good aerial view of the camp and helipad. The nurses who are sunbathing at the bottom of the helipad when the pilot runs down the hill are not in that spot (or anywhere else) during the helicopters arrival. Also, the dirt hillside of the landing pad where Hawkeye and the pilot scuffle is already messed up from previous takes. The freshly turned over dirt is much darker there than elsewhere on the hillside.


Crazy Credits

The shot of Hot Lips being revealed in the shower was replaced with her exiting the helicopter in network and basic cable showings when Sally Kellerman's name was announced.


Alternate Versions

Some of the scenes that were altered in the US "PG" version:

  • The arterial spurting from the neck of a patient in the operating room was removed.
  • When O'Houlihan is surprised in the shower, the tent flap begins to rise but the scene cuts away before seeing her.
  • The "F-word" was removed from the football game.


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Daniel Butterfield
Played on the violin

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | War

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$81,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,600,000

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