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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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Admiral Harry Pearson
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Haruko Sakura
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Commander Max Leslie
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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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The glory, the suspense, the spectacular drama of the men who won the most decisive naval battle in U.S. history. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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18 June 1976 (USA)  »

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The Battle of Midway  »

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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

John Wayne turned down the Robert Mitchum role. See more »

Goofs

Ensign George Gay is shot in the right hand and arm. But, when he is swimming in the water, he is favoring his left arm, and reaching for his flotation device with his right hand. Later, when he is in the water watching the attack, the wounds are gone. See more »

Quotes

Captain Garth: I read the FBI report on you and your parents.
Miss Haruko Sakura: Ask me anything you want to.
Captain Garth: Okay. You're father was frequently seen coming and going from the Japanses consulat.
Miss Haruko Sakura: He has old friends there.
Captain Garth: I see. And what about those Japanese patriotic organizations you belong to?
Miss Haruko Sakura: My father enrolled me in those when I was born! Out of respect for him, I never resigned. But I wasn't active!
Captain Garth: [Nods] I see. And what about those magazines they found in your apartment?
Miss Haruko Sakura: The Prairie Shinburn? Published in Wyoming. My ...
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Well, The Video Was Better Than The Theatrical. Release
14 September 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

This is one I first saw when it was in theatrical release. In that, it had the whole Coral Sea sequences in it, and the film dragged. My thought was, even then, that they had a lot of battle footage they wanted to show, nothing more.

And on the battle scenes. Some of them appeared to be stock footage originally shot on 16mm, then blown up and cropped for widescreen. In the theater, the graininess of the footage was masked by showing the scenes by defocusing them! Although a lot of the film is superfluous, one aspect of it rang true: the cryptanalysis of the Japanese RED cipher, and the "mousetrap" set to determine which target AF was. Commander Rochefort was not treated well at the time, but at least this film gives his efforts the credit they deserve.

The release of the film to videotape helped considerably by chopping out a lot of superfluity, though not all of it.

Compared to The Longest Day, or other equivalent war film, this one doesn't have their stature, but at least it provides the viewer with entertainment.


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