AFI #54 – MASH



Directed by Robert Altman

Netflix says… Director Robert Altman’s thinly veiled Vietnam War satire is indicative of when the spirit of the 1970s went mainstream, with Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland and Tom Skerritt as Army doctors fighting military insanity and healing wounded soldiers during the Korean War. Featuring an Oscar-winning score and standout work from a huge ensemble cast (including Robert Duvall and Sally Kellerman), M*A*S*H is a masterpiece of ’70s cinema.

I’m fairly certain I grew up with M*A*S*H reruns playing as background noise in my childhood home. I never really cared for it. Which is why I never attempted to watch the movie that inspired the series. But, to a kid, a satire about war just isn’t entertaining. As an adult, I found a great deal of humor in the exploits of Hawkeye and Trapper and Hot Lips. I’m sure that, at this point, I would enjoy the TV show a lot more.

2 thoughts on “AFI #54 – MASH

  1. I graduated from high school in 1971 and loved the show. My brother had been drafted and served in Vietnam. I was only 10 or 11 when he was drafted and had to look Vietnam up on a map; I had never heard of it. I was very aware of the pros and cons by the time I was in high school. We lived in an anti-war society and I lived in a military family. I loved the satire of MASH.

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