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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 was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A good movie about how grand battles are won and lost See more (121 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 (as Ken Pennell)

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. .... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Hoyt .... re-recording mixer
Earl Madery .... 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:
Two of Midway's stars also appeared in movies from which it borrowed footage: Robert Mitchum, who played Admiral Halsey, played bomber pilot Bob Gray in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), and Toshiro Mifune, who played Admiral Yamamoto, also played Yamamoto in Rengô kantai shirei chÃ'kan: Yamamoto Isoroku.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A title card late in the movie lists as June 6, 1942, which was the last day of the Battle of Midway and the day the Hiryu was hit. In fact, all four of the Japanese carriers were hit all on the very same day which was June 4, with the Hiryu being hit late in the afternoon, not two days later.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Vinton Maddox:Admiral, these enemy radio intercepts that your intelligence unit has been accumulating...
Admiral Nimitz:Very detailed, aren't they?
Captain Vinton Maddox:Too damned detailed, Admiral. Do you remember what happened just before December 7th?
Admiral Nimitz:The Japanese flooded the airwaves with fake messages.
Captain Vinton Maddox:Yes. These could be carbon copies. Washington's convinced that Yamamoto's feeding this stuff to you in order to cover his real intentions.
Admiral Nimitz:Very definite possibility.
Captain Vinton Maddox:Well then, sir, how can you still insist...
Admiral Nimitz:Because it is my judgement that this information is factual. I'm convinced Yamamoto's target is Midway.
Captain Vinton Maddox:If you're wrong, Admiral, if you send our carriers into a Japanese ambush, the entire west coast and Hawaiian islands will be wide open for invasion.
Admiral Nimitz:I'm fully aware of that, Captain. You're saying the safe play is to defend the home folks first.
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Movie Connections:
Edited from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A good movie about how grand battles are won and lost, 19 October 2007
Author: LeroyBrown-2 from Northern California

I remember reading that this movie was made primarily because they had excessive footage from when they shot "Tora! Tora! Tora! and some of the shot looks like they did came from that film. But this film also includes old actual shots taken by service men and news people.

The movie is based on the American victory off Midway Island. The movie was made 30 years after WWII and a couple of years after Vietnam, so it doesn't have a jingoistic feel to it. It has more of a matter of fact feel to it, more a docudrama than propaganda.

The movie is different from most war movies because it shows how Grand battles are won and lost. There isn't much individual heroism from ordinary soldiers shown. Instead we see how commanders, in this case admirals make decisions and take risks usually based on sketchy information. They put their reputations on line, along with the safety of their men, and the security of their nations. We see how the outcome of a battle can hinged on risky decisions or sometimes on indecision. We see how commanders have to sweat out their decisions as History hangs on the balance. Yes! History! This battle after all is considered the turning point of the War in the Pacific.

In this movie decisions are made on what certain letters mean, whether enemy carriers are where they are supposed to be. If viewers give it the appropriate attention, they will see that this movie plays like a giant chess match. The outcome determined by gutsy moves and bad decisions, sometimes indecision.

The movie boasts an impressive cast which include, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Charlton Heston and they all do fine jobs. They play the typical Grand characters in epic movies, they move the story along but has no personal stories themselves. The one personal story belongs to Edward Albert, who plays Heston's son. He's not very convincing and playing opposite a pro like Mr. Heston, he comes across as being weak almost amateurish.

The movie is good but far from great. I love how the filmmakers remained true to the events. But the special effects looked cheap and the use of actual combat footage feels inappropriate and even exploitive. Nevertheless I think it's a good film not to be missed by Military History buffs.

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