M*A*S*H (1970)



Critic Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman's distinguished filmography.

Movie Info

Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood veteran Ring Lardner, Jr., this war comedy details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ring Lardner Jr., Ring Lardner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
20th Century Fox


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as Col. Henry Blake

as Radar O'Reilly

as Sgt. major Vollmer

as Spearchucker Jones

as Ho-Jon

as Cpl. Judson

as Lt. Leslie

as Capt. Scorch

as Painless Pole

as Pfc. Seidman

as Capt. Scorch

as Ugly John

as Capt. Bandini

as Capt. Knocko

as Gen. Hammond

as Sgt. Gorman

as Pvt. Lorenzo Boone

as Capt. Murrhardt

as Radio Announcer (unc...

as Col. Douglas

as Japanese Servant

as Football Player

as Offstage Dialog

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as Pretty WAC

as Nurse Corps Captain

as Japanese Nurse

as Japanese Caddy

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as Japanese Golf Pro

as Nurse/Pin-up Model

as Corporal

as 2nd Lieutenant

as Correspondent

as Korean Doctor

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as Motor Pool Sergeant

as Hawkeye's 5-Year-Old...

as Korean Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for M*A*S*H

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (7)

M.A.S.H., one of America's funniest bloody films, is also one of its bloodiest funny films.

Full Review… | March 3, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

For me, M*A*S*H contains as much depression as humor.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is still watchable for the verve of the ensemble acting and dovetailing direction, but some of the crassness leaves a sour aftertaste.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In the end M.A.S.H. succeeds, in spite of its glaring faults.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Top Critic

It shows Altman's stylistic signature in embryonic form.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the reasons M*A*S*H is so funny is that it's so desperate.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for M*A*S*H

Altman's anti-war classic is a delicious satire - irreverent, subversive and downright hilarious -, with a perfect episodic structure for the sort of anti-establishment vibe it aims for and making the most of its compositions (the Last Supper gag is hysterical) and overlapping improvised dialogue.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

While certainly the humor is dated, M*A*S*H is still witty and smart, and has an episodic format that works well.

The staff of a mobile army surgical hospital work and play near the front lines of the Korean war. Robert Altman's satire was released just as the tide of public opinion had began to turn against America's presence in Vietnam and is clearly an analogy for the war, but unlike most other stories rooted in that particular conflict, M*A*S*H doesn't have any real moral message or even plot to get your teeth into. It's a loose collection of sketches in which double act Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland crack wise, play practical jokes, football and golf in between stints in surgery. And that's it. It's never even particularly funny; more mildly amusing than laugh out loud funny (although Roger Bowen's distinctly unmilitary camp commander did raise a few chuckles from me) but it is always entertaining. Successful enough to spawn a long running TV sitcom, M*A*S*H is a fun if slight diversion that'll amuse but never change anyone's world.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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