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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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Torpid, Torpid, Torpid See more (113 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)
 
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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Most dogfight sequences come from 1942 newsreels, with considerable cropping due to the need to adapt the image to the Panavision framing.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Admiral Nimitz's office at Pearl Harbor includes a Navy Department flag (blue with the department seal in the center). The setting is 1942, but that seal wasn't adopted until 1957, and the flag not until 1959.See more »
Quotes:
Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo:[commenting on the American torpedo bombers] They sacrifice themselves like samurai, these Americans.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in They Were There (1976)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Torpid, Torpid, Torpid, 18 September 2003
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

This has to be one of the slowest-moving war movies ever. And I was afraid of it back when it came out, because it was in Sensurround, which meant the woofers were tweaked low and you got to not only hear but feel every rumble as the bombs and torpedoes lit into the oil tanks and set the carriers ablaze. That was a pretty intimidating sound back in the day, lemme tell you. But that was a million years ago.

Midway was one of the greatest military battles ever, certainly the greatest naval contest of the greatest war ever, and as a conflict showcasing equal parts bravery, strategy, and luck. But this movie is a strange recreation that promotes aging 1970s star power over a coherent plot line. Most perplexing is the concentration on many over-the-hill American actors in telling the story of how the battle for Midway was won by the Red, White, and Blue. Charlton Heston carries much of the story, yet both his character and his actions are highly unrealistic. For a near-flag officer, we're asked to accept him called on in a pinch leading a dive-bombing squadron at such an advanced age. Henry Fonda scratches his head as Admiral Nimitz, stuck at Pearl Harbor as the war is fought hundreds of miles away, while Robert Mitchum's Admiral Halsey is confined to bed with a nasty skin condition, and Hal Halbrook as an intelligence chief seems to suffer from a bad case of BO. At least we were spared a John Wayne cameo, as an admiral who couldn't leave the john with a nasty case of hemorrhoids.

In movies about D-Day or Operation Market Garden, we got to see a little more of a few of the trenchline view, which enhanced our appreciation of what was endured as well as what was won (and lost). Here it's all a case of transferring flags and staring at maps by the highest commanders. Boardroom battles. Meanwhile, the Japanese high command seems populated exclusively by Arnold from "Happy Days," Jack Klugman's assistant in "Quincy," and assorted North and South Korean extras from "M*A*S*H." A nice sense of the decade, except that decade is the 1970s, not the 1940s.

It's a battle whose story deserves telling, but not with cutscenes from "Tora, Tora, Tora" and "The World At War." The tacked-on subplot with American-boy-loves-Japanese-girl feels suspect, like a politically-correct nod at inclusiveness at the expense of telling the story the way it happened. If they really wanted to be inclusive, it would have been a Zero pilot and his Yank girl, who swears she has nothing to do with awful FDR and his foul plans against Japan's Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.

What else is there to lambaste? The ridiculous supers we get around various characters, including no less than three around the lone survivor and Kojak sidekick George Gay, as played by Kevin Dobson? The silly radio chatter among the American pilots, who sound more like American Top 40 DJs than warriors trying to sink the Imperial Navy? I like the occasional hints of verisimilitude we get, like the oil burns around the cowlings of Avengers about to launch, but the blue paint on the American jeeps and the Essex carriers that substitute for the Japanese fleet distract too much for any real enjoyment. Read Gordon Prange, and leave this be.

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