Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
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
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The credits at the end of the movie play over a loop of film. The sailor on the flight deck railing repeats the same movements several times over. See more »
Throughout the attack sequences dive bombers are shown dropping their bombs while in level or near level flight. Dive bombers attacked in steep dives (hence the name). US Navy and Marine Corps dive bomber pilots were taught to dive at an angle of about 80 degrees. Bombs were released at the end of the dive while the aircraft was still near vertical to achieve the maximum in accuracy. The bombers would pull out after their bombs were released. See more »
I was very predisposed to like this film. So, when it debuted I went to the theater to see it when I was 12. Sadly, I noticed that the film was an abysmal mess. The only thing GOOD about the film was the rumbling of the Sensurround sound system at the very beginning (when it showed a bit from the Doolittle Raid). I saw it on TV years later, and it hadn't gotten any better.
The movie is about half acting and half old stock footage from WW2 air battles. The parts created by the studio were okay--lots of competent actors doing an adequate, though not especially inspiring jobs. However, the stock footage shows complete contempt for the audience. I am pretty knowledgeable about WW2 aircraft (and was as a kid, too) and I was very irritated to see planes in the movie that were not even in use until after the June 1942 battle. I guess this is sloppy but forgivable. But, to show stock footage of planes that literally change from one type of plane to another in mid-flight shows utter contempt for the viewers (MANY of which will spot these flaws). For example, you might see a dive bomber diving on a ship and then it shifts away to another angle and it is now a torpedo plane or fighter. These sorts of things happened A LOT--not just once or twice. Sometimes, the color of the plane even changed. And, to top it off, much of the footage was EXCEPTIONALLY grainy and unusable. And some, like the plane that splits in half on landing, have been shown 1001 times on documentaries, so they're terribly familiar.
Now I am not saying they should have blown up valuable planes just for our entertainment, but come off it folks! Films such as "The Battle of Britain" and "Tora, Tora, Tora" did a much better job of at least ATTEMPTING to get it right!! They used models, existing planes and similar planes--not grainy footage randomly thrown together. This along with a little modern content does NOT make an acceptable movie to pawn off on the unsuspecting public.
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