Main Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman , Robert Duvall , Gary Burghoff
Review Date: October 2016
Last watched: August 2016
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: DVD
The theme tune is iconic, the idea and ideology of lost souls in a war they didn’t create and don’t want is instantly a hit and the way this was made with overlapping, wise-cracking conversations is absolutely magical. Characters flow in and out of the screen and Donald and Elliott are wonderfully crazy dudes with Gary playing the ever recognisable Radar – say no more!
But the movie hasn’t aged well and is very much a thing of the 70s, and even then the very start of them. Perhaps it’s more true to the times and I’m not old enough to appreciate that but there isn’t as much punch as I remember. Not that I’d miss the op to catch this classic if I hit upon it on TV but I’d not sit for an evening with the DVD, you know? That’s a commitment not to switch it off and I’d rather dip in and out while making a drink or something, not caring about missing a few minutes. It’s my way of watching TV but hope you can get what I mean. Good but not addictively good.
If you don’t know it, give it a go and have a good laugh. If you think you remember it from way back, have another go – especially for the shower scene! If you’ve seen it recently I don’t think you’ll want to again for sometime but whatever way you see it you’ll have good memories and a warm feeling about their kind of war and ‘that’ tune.
DVD Extras: The MASH story with the guys that directed, produced and a few tales about the problematic methods used. Quite good, no outtakes (not surprising given it’s age) but I wanted some up to date interviews with the cast. I maybe got the cheap version.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. There’s something about military encampments that makes me go weak at the surgery.