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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Matt Garth
... Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
... Capt. Vinton Maddox
... Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spruance
... Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort
... Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)
... Admiral William F. Halsey
... Commander Carl Jessop
... Lieutenant Commander Ernest L. Blake
... Rear Admiral Frank J. 'Jack' Fletcher
... Admiral Harry Pearson
... Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
Christina Kokubo ... Haruko Sakura
... Commander Max Leslie
... 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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A war's defining battle. A nation's defining moment. [DVD Cover] See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Midway  »

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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(archive footage)| (archive footage)| (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum was the first of the cameos to be signed for the film> See more »

Goofs

During the events on the main day of the battle (June 4, 1942) there are orders frequently given to 'sound general quarters'. In a real combat situation, the task forces should have gone to battle stations automatically shortly before dawn and stayed there until shortly after sundown. See more »

Quotes

Ensign George Gay: Red Fox Leader from Kit 3. Red Fox Leader from Kit 3. Skipper? Either my compass is all fouled up or we're not headed two-four-zero.
Lieutenant Commander John Waldron: There's nothing out there but empty ocean. I know where the Japs'll be, Mister Gay.
Ensign George Gay: Think you might let us in on it, sir?
Lieutenant Commander John Waldron: I figure they moved since we launched. East, heading out, away from Midway. OUT!
Ensign George Gay: Roger.
Huntington: What good's our orders if the skipper's gonna lead us off on his own? I don't like it, sir.
Ensign George Gay: Huntington, now you take it easy, y'hear? If anybody can find ...
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Well, The Video Was Better Than The Theatrical. Release
14 September 2005 | by See 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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