What is this Movie About?
Based on the book of the same title written in 1968 by Richard Hooker, M*A*S*H is a film about the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea. The author, using the pseudonym Richard Hooker, based his book off of his own experiences serving as a surgeon in the Korean War. It follows the shenanigans of a few of the surgeons, known as the “Swampmen,” which help them cope with the depravities of war. In 1971, M*A*S*H was nominated for five academy awards, including Best Picture, and won one for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and won the Cannes Film Festival in 1970. This film went on to inspire the popular Television series that ran for eleven years, from 1972-1983. Critics loved the “black comedy” of the film and the dry humor that the timing of the direction, by Robert Altman, provided. Gene Siskel, a movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, wrote that, “It is precisely that juxtaposition of humor and horror that gives ‘M*A*S*H’ its power.”
- Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye
- Elliott Gould as Trapper John
- Sally Kellerman as Major “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan
- Tom Skerritt as Duke Forrest
- Robert Duvall as Major Frank Burns
 Richard Corliss, “I Admit it, I Didn’t Like ‘M*A*S*H’,” New York Times (1923-Current File), Mar 22, 1970, accessed September 22, 2016, http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/119047082?accountid=12299.
 Roger Ebert, “M*A*S*H,” accessed September 22, 2016, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mash-1970.
 Gene Siskel, “The Movies,” Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File), Mar 30, 1970, accessed September 22, 2016, http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/169036694?accountid=12299.