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Midway (1976)

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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Jack Smight

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Christina Kokubo ... Haruko Sakura
Monte Markham ... Commander Max Leslie
Biff McGuire ... Captain Miles Browning
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Storyline

The summer of 1942 brought Naval stalemate to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood at even numbers each waiting for the other to begin a renewed offensive. "Midway" tells the story of this historic June battle where a Japanese carrier force, in an attempt to occupy Midway island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was meet valiently by US forces operating off of three aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships. It was the first battle in which naval air power was extensivly used, and at its conclusion the Japanese Carrier force had been completly destroyed which lead the way for the US 1943 and 44 offensives which would eventually bring the Pacific War to a close. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Midway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,356,666, 20 June 1976, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,220,000, 31 December 1976
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Sensurround (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Walter Mirisch tells in his biography that this film - Midway - was one of the best gross of the entire Mirisch Production company. See more »

Goofs

When Garth is talking to Pearson on the same side of the desk, Pearson is seen with his hands by his side and in the next shot he has a folder in his hands. 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 ...
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Alternate Versions

A television version exists, with additional cast and plot. It runs four hours with commercials. The main plot points are a Charlton Heston-Susan Sullivan romance and the Coral Sea battle (reffered to in the other version) is played out like the Midway battle. At the end of the TV version, Sullivan and Christine Kukobo are both shown waiting dockside. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
Performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra on the jukebox at the bar in Hawaii
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User Reviews

Like the battle, movie was a quasi-success
6 January 2002 | by mlevansSee all my reviews

"Midway" has long been a favorite video to rent on occasion & relax in front of (although my only time to watch it on a TV with stereo sound nearly shook paint off the walls!). I've always wanted to rent it and "Tora, Tora, Tora" some weekend & watch "T,T,T," then "Midway" back-to-back. One or the other was always checked out, though.

Perhaps if I HAD gotten to see them back-to-back, "Midway's" deficiencies would be more clear to me. I certainly agree that the lame subplot is distracting and unrealistic. Heston's character (Capt. Garth) is interesting, but (as others have noted) no more so than the REAL officers involved.

Henry Fonda played Chester Nimitz more than once, but never got to REALLY portray him. This is sad, since he fit the bill to a "T." (Although the imbecilic little speech they give him at the very end always makes me want to gag!) James Coburn's twangy southern code-breaker was the most likeable character in the movie. The rest of the cast is solid, too, even when the writing may not be.

I'm not swift enough to pick on wrong insignias being used or stock footage being from other movies. It always looked (and SOUNDED) cool to me.

I liked the gradual development of the duel between Nimitz & his commanders & Yamamoto & his. To me the carrier tactics and the interpersonal debates that affected them was much more entertaining than the hokey romance subplot. It WAS a tad strange to see Pat Moran as one of the Japanese officers. (And I'm amazed to read in other reviews that Admiral Yamamoto's voice was the same as Boris Badinov!) Personally, I had trouble telling the Japanese admirals apart -- not to mention Admirals Fletcher and Spruance.

Overall, I would call the movie about what we called the battle -- a victory, but one where a number of things went wrong. I would give it a 7/10 rating.


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