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Donald S. Sanford (written by)
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Release Date:
18 June 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The glory, the suspense, the spectacular drama of the men who won the most decisive naval battle in U.S. history. See more »
Plot:
A dramatization of the battle that turned out to be the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mediocre war film can't live up to predecessors. See more (112 total) »

Cast

  (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
Kurt Grayson
Alfie Wise ... Dobbs
Beeson Carroll

John Bennett Perry

Steve Kanaly ... Lt. Cmdr. Lance E. "Lem" Massey
Kip Niven ... PBY Pilot
Dennis Rucker ... Ens. Manson
Michael Richardson
James Ingersoll
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 ... (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The final climatic battle takes place on the open sea, but since shots from "Tora, Tora, Tora" were used in this sequence, land based shore facilities can be seen in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Garth:Admiral, Commander Rochefort has something he would like to tell you.
Commander Rochefort:It's about objective AF, sir, the meaning of AF. Now, our listening posts have been picking up alot of traffic between Yamamoto's staff commanders.
Captain Garth:There has been a heavy volume of traffic, sir, with the recurring references to Objective AF and... what was the other one?
Commander Rochefort:AO. Now, AO is still a mystery, Admiral, maybe a diverson, but I think we've identified Objective AF as Midway. Now, it really had us stymied there, until one of my men remembered an enemy intercept we decoded last March. Now, a Jap reconnaissance pilot radioed his base that he was passing close to AF. Now we plotted every possible course this plane might have taken, and the only appreciable land mass he could have overflown at the time was Midway.
Captain Garth:Joe...
Commander Rochefort:Look, I know it's thin...
Admiral Nimitz:Thin? Damn near invisible.
Commander Rochefort:But I found a way to confirm it, sir.
[Takes out a message and passes it to Nimitz]
Commander Rochefort:If you will have this flown to Midway. It's a fake message, sir, reporting that Midway's fresh water condenser has broken down. Now, it should be transmitted in the clear, so there's no question of Japanese operators getting every word of it.
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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre war film can't live up to predecessors., 3 June 2003
Author: keithw84 from Nebraska

Like "The Longest Day" and "Tora! Tora! Tora!", "Midway" follows the true story very closely and features an all star cast. And like the Longest Day, it features Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Wagner. However, whereas the first two are war classics, Midway falls short in many departments.

For one, the movie seems to have no sense of building suspense. In the Longest Day, the paratrooper landings and the scenes of bombardment vessels creeping toward the shore let you know that all hell is about to break loose. Likewise, in Tora! Tora! Tora!, scenes of anxious commanders, desperate analysts, and the oblivious Hawaii residents are separated by scenes of approaching Japanese bombers to hike the suspense factor. Yet, despite the fact that Midway was the most decisive naval battle in modern history, we don't get a true sense of how important the pilots' jobs are or how grave the implications of the battle are, except for from titles before and after the movie. Where were the scenes of planes prepping for takeoff or of pilots, wary but dutiful about a mission that may be their last?

The battle sequences are another problem. First off, most of the footage is actual war footage or stock footage. The stock footage works fine for the bombing of Tokyo (since the shown footage is actually about that event) but is a little less convincing when the footage shown is supposed to be of Hawaii's Hickam Field but is passed off as Midway Island. Worse than the presence of stock footage is the editing. While maps of the ocean are shown repeatedly so that we know where the action is taking place, it's hard to tell what's what when we're away from the maps. We see planes crash into water and bombs explode, but most of the battle sequences could use a little more coherence. Had the makers of this movie shot a little combat footage of their own, even if only to make the battle scenes less jump, the movie would have benefitted.

For the most part, the cast is pretty good and fares well with only occasionally trite dialogue. However, only Heston, Holbrook, and Shigeta stand out. Many of the other players are simply not given enough time to make an impact. Coburn, especially, has little to do.

The flaws of this movie notwithstanding, it's still watchable, and it gives you a pretty good idea of the events and decisions leading up to the battle, as well as the errors and luck that went into the battle itself. And when you can't figure out what's happened from the uneven visuals, at least Nimitz (Fonda) or his at-sea commanders are there to describe what happened and add some perspective.

** out of ****

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