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Midway (1976)

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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Capt. Matt Garth
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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Haruko Sakura
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Captain Miles Browning
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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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In every war there is a battle to end all battles. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Midway  »

Box Office

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$4,356,666 (USA) (20 June 1976)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The coast of Florida subbed for the Pacific. See more »

Goofs

One of the planes seen at least twice are F4U Corsairs. You can see the gull wing of one while on a strafing run and sporting contrails off the wingtips. The other one is in a dive apparently attacking a carrier just when it was exclaimed, "they've got bombs stacked all over their flight deck". Corsairs were not in place until 1943 and would have been excellent CAP or cover for strike aircraft then. See more »

Quotes

Captain Garth: [On the phone to his boss] They've taken the bait, Sir. It's Midway!
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Connections

Referenced in Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway (2001) See more »

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The editor must have been drunk
7 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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