MASH Robert Altmans Oscar-winning 1970 black comedy that inspired the long-running CBS comedy series may be set during the Korean War, but its really a not-so-veiled skewering of Americas involvement in Vietnam. Based on Richard Hookers book, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, the film put Altman on the map as a major American director. Blacklisted scribe Ring Lardner Jr. picked up an Oscar for his scathingly funny screenplay about the lives of the twisted and oversexed medical personnel stationed at a mobile Army surgical hospital. Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould star with Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman (who received an Oscar nomination as Hot Lips), Robert Duvall and Gary Burghoff (who would go on to the TV series). Adding even more vinegar to its satire was the tune Suicide Is Painless, which was penned by veteran Johnny Mandel and Altmans 14-year-old son, Michael, The film received five Academy Award nominations, including best film ironically it lost to the World War II epic Patton and won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1970 and the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy motion picture.
Twentieth Century Fox
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