M*A*S*H (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

Taglines: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable. Nevertheless, the war goes on.

MASH (stylized as M*A*S*H on the poster art) is a 1970 American satirical black comedy war film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker’s novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is the only feature film in the M*A*S*H franchise and became one of the biggest films of the early 1970s for 20th Century Fox.

The film depicts a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War; the subtext is about the Vietnam War. It stars Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, and Elliott Gould, with Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, René Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Roger Bowen, Michael Murphy, and in his film debut, professional football player Fred Williamson.

The film won Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, later named Palme d’Or, at 1970 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film inspired the popular and critically acclaimed television series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 to 1983.

M*A*S*H Movie Poster (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

Directed by: Robert Altman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, David Arkin
Screenplay by: Ring Lardner Jr.
Cinematography by: Harold E. Stine
Film Editing by: Danford B. Greene
Set Decoration by: Stuart A. Reiss, Walter M. Scott
Art Direction by: Arthur Lonergan, Jack Martin Smith, Michael Friedman
Music by: Johnny Mandel
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: January 25, 1970

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