AFI Movie Club: M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H is ranked #54 on AFI’S 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES — 10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films and #7 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list. And AFI named the M*A*S*H theme song one of the best movie songs in American film!
Watch Jeff Goldblum announce the film:
Movie Trivia about M*A*S*H
-DID YOU KNOW that former military surgeon Dr. H. Richard Hornberger and writer W.C. Heinz wrote the novel MASH: A NOVEL ABOUT THREE DOCTORS as a fictional account of Hornberger’s experience as a Korean War Army surgeon?
-DID YOU KNOW that M*A*S*H didn’t make specific references to battles or dates in the Korean War? This was so the film could be an allegory for America’s then-current involvement in the Vietnam War.
-DID YOU KNOW that M*A*S*H screenwriter Ring Lardner, Jr. was one of the “Hollywood Ten” who were jailed and blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee?
-DID YOU KNOW that M*A*S*H became the second top-grossing film in 1970?
-DID YOU KNOW that Ring Lardner, Jr. won an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay for M*A*S*H? The film also received Oscar® nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Directing, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. M*A*S*H also won the 1970 International Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival!
-DID YOU KNOW the film was adapted into the television show M*A*S*H, starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce and Loretta Swit as Major Margaret Houlihan? Gary Burghoff (“Radar”) was the only actor from the film to also star in the series.
Learn more at the AFI Catalog.
The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions
-How do you think Vietnam influenced the making of M*A*S*H?
-What do you think about the dichotomy between army surgeon’s challenging jobs and their fun-loving downtime? How did director Robert Altman strike that balance?
-How did the film speak to the counterculture movement in America at the time?
-Which character did you identify with the most and why?
-Which is your favorite Robert Altman film?
-How would you rate M*A*S*H?
Watch director Robert Altman talk about M*A*S*H in this exclusive AFI Archive video:
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