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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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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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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

This movie's opening prologue states: "This is the way it was - - The story of the battle that was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, told whenever possible with actual film shot during combat. It exemplifies the combination of planning, courage, error and pure chance by which great events are often decided." See more »

Goofs

Throughout the attack sequences dive bombers are shown dropping their bombs while in level or near level flight. Dive bombers attacked in steep dives (hence the name). US Navy and Marine Corps dive bomber pilots were taught to dive at an angle of about 80 degrees. Bombs were released at the end of the dive while the aircraft was still near vertical to achieve the maximum in accuracy. The bombers would pull out after their bombs were released. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Nimitz: [to Captain Garth after getting a briefing on the Coral Sea operation] We can't trade them carrier for carrier, Matt.
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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

Edited from Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) See more »

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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Well, The Video Was Better Than The Theatrical. Release
14 September 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

This is one I first saw when it was in theatrical release. In that, it had the whole Coral Sea sequences in it, and the film dragged. My thought was, even then, that they had a lot of battle footage they wanted to show, nothing more.

And on the battle scenes. Some of them appeared to be stock footage originally shot on 16mm, then blown up and cropped for widescreen. In the theater, the graininess of the footage was masked by showing the scenes by defocusing them! Although a lot of the film is superfluous, one aspect of it rang true: the cryptanalysis of the Japanese RED cipher, and the "mousetrap" set to determine which target AF was. Commander Rochefort was not treated well at the time, but at least this film gives his efforts the credit they deserve.

The release of the film to videotape helped considerably by chopping out a lot of superfluity, though not all of it.

Compared to The Longest Day, or other equivalent war film, this one doesn't have their stature, but at least it provides the viewer with entertainment.


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