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.

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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 Trapper John

as Hot Lips Houlihan

as Maj. Frank Burns

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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

as Korean Doctor

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 (45) | 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


Robert Altman's film about wartime Korea actually has very little to do with Korea and everything to do with the counterculture revolution, circa 1968 or so, going on in the good old U.S. of A. So its the squares against the hippies more or less, with the backdrop being the blood and guts of that nigh forgotten "police action" (that mainly presaged our other police actions all across the globe). Practically the best thing about this film is how, while capturing the zeitgeist of the times, the swing of the societal pendulum towards liberalism, it also predicted the fall of that same as well because none of the "cool" and "smart" guys actually have anything better to offer in terms of an answer to societal woes.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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