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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:
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

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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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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

Robert Mitchum filmed his cameo in a day. See more »

Goofs

When the Yorktown is under attack, the carriers are shown shooting at the Japanese with Quad 40mm and 20mm. At this time Enterprise, Yorktown and Hornet were still armed almost "as built." Their armament was composed of 5"/38s, 1.1" and 50 cal. water cooled. See more »

Quotes

RAdm. Raymond A. Spruance: [Spruance is visiting Halsey in the hospital]
RAdm. Raymond A. Spruance: I just want to thank you for recommending me to take your task force to sea. Now I have a question for you- Did that *itch* go to your *head*?
Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: [amused] Stop underestimating yourself, Ray. Any Skipper who could keep his cruisers and destroyers alongside of my carriers, from one end of the Pacific to the other, is *definitely* the man for the job.
RAdm. Raymond A. Spruance: You and I are uh- aw, Bill, we're kind of different! Do you think *I* can pull it off the same way *you* ...
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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 »

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'Midway' revisited...mediocre war film with uninspired star cameos...
5 July 2004 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Most of the male stars who appear in MIDWAY look as though they rehearsed their grumpy expressions and gruff delivery of dialogue before a mirror and then went before the cameras without sufficient rehearsal. None of the acting is more than routine and Hal Holbrook has been permitted to do some serious overacting in possibly the worst performance in the film.

Some of the drama does comes through with the use of actual footage of the greatest naval battle of World War II which decided the defeat of the Japanese when their carriers were destroyed. But tacked onto the complicated military maneuvers is a subplot involving Edward Albert and a Japanese girl he wants to marry. It further weakens the already shoddy story structure.

Hopefully, some day a real account of the Battle of Midway will be done without putting the focus on some overaged male stars who do little to preserve their acting reputations with this one. Charlton Heston comes off best but the others are strictly playing their roles by the book: Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, Cliff Robertson and Robert Wagner included. Mitchum is totally wasted as a man who must suggest his replacement for battle because he's bedridden with a skin disorder.

If you watch closely, you can catch Tom Selleck and Erik Estrada in bit roles. The stock war footage has been rather awkwardly inserted in the midst of the battle scenes and further detracts from enjoyment of the film.


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