Midway (1976)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  18 June 1976 (USA)
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A dramatization of the battle that became the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)
Admiral Harry Pearson
Christina Kokubo ...
Haruko Sakura
Commander Max Leslie
Biff McGuire ...
Captain Miles Browning


The summer of 1942 brought Naval stalemate to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood at even numbers each waiting for the other to begin a renewed offensive. "Midway" tells the story of this historic June battle where a Japanese carrier force, in an attempt to occupy Midway island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was meet valiently by US forces operating off of three aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships. It was the first battle in which naval air power was extensivly used, and at its conclusion the Japanese Carrier force had been completly destroyed which lead the way for the US 1943 and 44 offensives which would eventually bring the Pacific War to a close. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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A war's defining battle. A nation's defining moment. [DVD Cover] See more »


Action | Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Midway  »

Box Office


SEK 2,046,974 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(archive footage)| (archive footage)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Mitchum filmed his cameo in a day. See more »


The Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu is shown with a blue flight deck. The flight deck of Japanese carriers were painted bright yellow with a hinomaru (red circle depicting the rising sun) painted on their flight decks. See more »


Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: [addressing Adm. Nimitz] You once told me, 'When you're in command... command!'
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Final Justice (1999) See more »

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It's overall what counts
5 December 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up and building models of land, sea, and air craft of the WWII period. Of course we all could have done without the romantic interest, but what counts is the overall telling of the story accurately (even if that includes sideline dramatizations etc.). In a nutshell Midway was a gamble and even though we knew where they'd be, we still took it on the chin with the loss of most of the aircraft and the Yorktown (which left only 2 effective carriers in the pacific and 1 in drydock). In the end we were lucky enough to be able to inflict sufficiently more damage on them than they did on us. This is the story that is told so well. It doesn't matter that the special effects were less than stellar (e.g., view of the fleet from the sealevel - obvious miniatures) or that they showed Essex class carriers which did not yet exist getting hit by kamikaze. The film is true in its depictions of gambles, gaffs, and good fortune which in the end allowed us to be victorious and end Japanese expansion. So quit knocking it and enjoy it for what it is!

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