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Midway -- This gripping film interweaves the stories of the soldiers who fought the Battle of Midway, which took place six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was a turning point for the U.S.


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Release Date:
18 June 1976 (USA) See more »
The glory, the suspense, the spectacular drama of the men who won the most decisive naval battle in U.S. history. See more »
A dramatization of the battle that became the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Capt. Matt Garth

Henry Fonda ... Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

James Coburn ... Capt. Vinton Maddox

Glenn Ford ... Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spruance

Hal Holbrook ... Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort

Toshirô Mifune ... Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)

Robert Mitchum ... Admiral William F. Halsey

Cliff Robertson ... Commander Carl Jessop

Robert Wagner ... Lieutenant Commander Ernest L. Blake

Robert Webber ... Rear Admiral Frank J. 'Jack' Fletcher

Ed Nelson ... Admiral Harry Pearson

James Shigeta ... Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
Christina Kokubo ... Haruko Sakura

Monte Markham ... Commander Max Leslie
Biff McGuire ... Captain Miles Browning

Christopher George ... Lieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky

Kevin Dobson ... Ensign George Gay

Glenn Corbett ... Lieutenant Commander John Waldron

Gregory Walcott ... Captain Elliott Buckmaster

Edward Albert ... Lieutenant Tom Garth

Pat Morita ... Rear Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka

John Fujioka ... Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
Dale Ishimoto ... Vice Admiral Moshiro Hosogaya

Dabney Coleman ... Captain Murray Arnold

Erik Estrada ... Pilot 'Chili Bean' Ramos

Larry Pennell ... Captain Cyril Simard

Clyde Kusatsu ... Cmdr. Watanabe
Phillip R. Allen ... Lt. Cmdr. John S. 'Jimmy' Thach

Tom Selleck ... Aide to Capt. Cyril Simard

Sab Shimono ... Lt. Tomonaga
Conrad Yama ... Adm. Nobutake Kondo

Robert Ito ... Cmdr. Minoru Genda
Yuki Shimoda ... Officer Aboard Carrier Hiryu
Seth Sakai ... Capt. Kameto Kuroshima
Kurt Grayson ... Maj. Floyd 'Red' Parks
Alfie Wise ... Chief Radioman Horace F. Dobbs
Beeson Carroll ... ARM1 / c William E. Gallagher

John Bennett Perry ... ARM1c Walter G. Chochalousek

Steve Kanaly ... Lt. Cmdr. Lance E. "Lem" Massey
Kip Niven ... Lt. Howard P. Ady, PBY Pilot
Dennis Rucker ... Ens. Manson
Michael Richardson ... ARM3c Robert K. Huntington
James Ingersoll ... Pilot, PBY 'Strawberry 12'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Chamberlain ... Sailor (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr. ... Guard (uncredited)
Noel Conlon ... (TV version only) (uncredited)
Larry Csonka ... Cmdr. Delaney (uncredited)

Jesse Dizon ... Pilot (uncredited)
Don Dolan ... (TV version only) (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Adm. Yamamoto (voice) (uncredited)

Jerry Fujikawa ... Japanese Gentleman (uncredited)
Sean Garrison ... Lt. Cmdr. Ken Cunningham (uncredited)

Ned Gill ... Seaman Downes (uncredited)
Redmond Gleeson ... Pvt. Dombrowski - Radio Man (uncredited)
Anthony Herrara ... Marine Lieutenant at Internment Camp (uncredited)
David Hirokane ... Lt. Shima (uncredited)
Jim Ishida ... Pilot Lt. Takeo Koda (uncredited)
Lloyd Kino ... Capt. Aoki (uncredited)
John Lupton ... Officer Testing Electric Bomb Release (uncredited)

David Macklin ... Lt. Jack Reid (uncredited)
Sandy McPeak ... Capt. Thomas (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Naval Officer / Aide (uncredited)
Chuck Morrell ... Pvt. Andy (uncredited)

Richard Narita ... Lt. Hashimoto (uncredited)
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Japanese Pilot on Hiryu (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bennett Ohta ... Captain Taijiro Aoki - Commander of Akagi (uncredited)
Frank Parker ... Deke (uncredited)
Clint Ritchie ... Lt. Cmdr. Charles Fenton (uncredited)

Mitchell Ryan ... RAdm. Aubrey W. Fitch (uncredited)

Richard Sanders ... (TV version only) (uncredited)
Richard Sarradet ... (uncredited)

John Schuck ... Wilson (uncredited)

Alec Smight ... (TV version only) (uncredited)

Susan Sullivan ... Ann (TV version only) (uncredited)
Miiko Taka ... (TV version only) (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... (TV version only) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Smight 
Writing credits
Donald S. Sanford (written by)

Produced by
Walter Mirisch .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Swink 
Frank J. Urioste 
Art Direction by
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer  (as John Dwyer)
Production Management
William W. Gray .... production manager (as William Gray)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hashimoto .... second assistant director
Jerome M. Siegel .... first assistant director (as Jerome Siegel)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Martin .... sound
Leonard Peterson .... sound
Roger Sword .... sound editor
James Troutman .... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack McMaster .... special effects
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Duffy Hambleton .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito .... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert O. Ragland .... conductor
Robert O. Ragland .... orchestrator
John Williams .... conductor
Other crew
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Bernard M. Strean .... technical advisor (as Vice Admiral Bernard M. Strean)
'Junior' Burchinal .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Battle of Midway" - Philippines (English title), UK
"The Battle of Midway" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), USA (video title)
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132 min
Color (archive footage) | Black and White (archive footage) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sensurround (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Robert Mitchum filmed his cameo in a day.See more »
Continuity: During the Coral Sea battle, a crewman shouts that two "Kates" are heading for the bow of the American carrier. However, the two aircraft shown, clearly have a crew of one. The "Kate" (Nakajima B5N) had an elongated canopy to accommodate a crew of three.See more »
Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.:[addressing Adm. Nimitz] You once told me, 'When you're in command... command!'See more »
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Referenced in Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway (2001) (V)See more »


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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Well, The Video Was Better Than The Theatrical. Release, 14 September 2005
Author: skallisjr from Tampa, FL United States

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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