in about 100 words or less
US 116m, Colour
Director: Robert Altman; Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall
Perhaps more widely known from the hugely successful network television series which followed, M*A*S*H – the movie is based on the lesser-known Richard Hooker & W. C. Heinz novel of the same name. Set during the Korean War in an American mobile surgical unit, this is a dark satirical anti-establishment comedy which was also served as a critique of the Vietnam War which was still being fought at the time. Featuring a great ensemble cast of oddball characters, M*A*S*H is a wildly irreverent film which launch Altman’s directorial career in major motion pictures (Klaus Ming November 2012).