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The Battle of Midway (1942)

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

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John Ford (as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)
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A look at America's infamous attack against the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Narrator (voice)
Jane Darwell ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Logan Ramsey Logan Ramsey ... Himself
James Roosevelt James Roosevelt ... Himself - US Army Major (as Major Roosevelt)
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On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Documentary | Short | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Midway See more »

Filming Locations:

Midway Islands

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Production Co:

United States Navy See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the shots of American soldiers displayed during the battle are from footage of the Torpedo Squadron 8 taken in the previous days. All 15 of its planes were shot down and most of its men died during the battle. See more »

Quotes

Main Narrator: Midway Island. Not much land right enough, but it's our outpost. Your front yard.
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Connections

Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Hymn by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Sung by an offscreen chorus
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If you want to see a better documentary about the battle, perhaps you'd be better off watching The History Channel.
16 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Battle of Midway" is an important historical film. Imagine...film crews were on the island when it was attacked and soon after rushed this short into theaters to celebrate this HUGE American victory. So, from a historical viewpoint it is an important film. BUT, and there is a but here, seen today the film isn't the wonderful film it was proclaimed to be when it was given an Oscar in 1943. I really think the Oscar purely came because of patriotism--Hollywood's attempt to bolster the war effort by heaping praise and awards on films that drummed up love of country and the war. Seen today, the color print is very faded and scratchy but more importantly the narrative sucks. The film was shot with color but was silent--and all sound effects and narration were added later-- and some of the voiceovers were terrible.

The bottom line is that if you want to see a historical document-- see this. If you want to see a good film that explains the battle well, don't! There are much better documentaries on the battle.


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