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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Though the movie shows two Kamikazes hitting the Yorktown, there are no reports of them hitting any ships during Midway. In fact, the long shot of a kamikaze smashing into the island of the Yorktown is actually real footage of a suicide plane hitting a carrier during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. See more »
Viewed as a history lesson about World War II, this is an absolutely abysmal film, on a par with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Well, maybe not *that* bad, but bad enough. Viewed as another Seventies disaster movie, it's better -- not as good as "The Poseidon Adventure" but better than "The Towering Inferno."
For historical inaccuracy (including multiple shots of aircraft that didn't fly until over a year after the Battle) and ridiculous romantic subplots (anyone remember "Pearl NAS"?), this can safely be ignored.
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