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M*A*S*H/ MASH / M.A.S.H.

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  M*A*S*H/ MASH / M.A.S.H. Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.75 /10
Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman
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Directed by: Robert Altman
Written by: Ring Lardner, Jr from book by Richard Hooker

Released: 1970
Origin: US
Length: 116


Combat surgeons (Donald Sutherland, pictured right, Elliott Gould, pictured left) operate close to the front during the Korean War.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Robert Altman's black comedy about the Korean War is thought a classic by many, and certainly spawned a classic TV series. It was designed to be a veiled comment on Vietnam, and there is much jokey emphasis on the horrors of war and its pointlessness - neatly sidestepping the real context, which was tthe Korean War. I never liked it: its humour is brutish, its attitude to its characters (who never develop) self-consciously cool, glib and unfeeling. And far from being sincerely anti-war, it shows its heroes (Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould) enjoying an oafishly good time. Named Best Film of 1970 by US National Society of Film Critics.

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