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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 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


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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In every war there is a battle to end all battles. See more »


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Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Midway  »


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


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When the film was released there were complaints over the casting of veteran stars who were obviously too old for their characters. See more »


When Yamamoto and his staff are discussing the plans to attack Midway and the Aleutians the discussion makes it appear the Aleutians were a secondary target with Midway being the primary.

Midway was added to the Aleutian plan after the American Doolittle raid. See more »


Captain Vinton Maddox: Admiral, these enemy radio intercepts that your intelligence unit has been accumulating...
Admiral Nimitz: Very detailed, aren't they?
Captain Vinton Maddox: Too damned detailed, Admiral. Do you remember what happened just before December 7th?
Admiral Nimitz: The Japanese flooded the airwaves with fake messages.
Captain Vinton Maddox: Yes. These could be carbon copies. Washington's convinced that Yamamoto's feeding this stuff to you in order to cover his real intentions.
Admiral Nimitz: Very definite possibility.
Captain Vinton Maddox: Well then, sir, how can you still insist...
Admiral Nimitz: Because it is my judgement ...
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The editor must have been drunk
7 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was very predisposed to like this film. So, when it debuted I went to the theater to see it when I was 12. Sadly, I noticed that the film was an abysmal mess. The only thing GOOD about the film was the rumbling of the Sensurround sound system at the very beginning (when it showed a bit from the Doolittle Raid). I saw it on TV years later, and it hadn't gotten any better.

The movie is about half acting and half old stock footage from WW2 air battles. The parts created by the studio were okay--lots of competent actors doing an adequate, though not especially inspiring jobs. However, the stock footage shows complete contempt for the audience. I am pretty knowledgeable about WW2 aircraft (and was as a kid, too) and I was very irritated to see planes in the movie that were not even in use until after the June 1942 battle. I guess this is sloppy but forgivable. But, to show stock footage of planes that literally change from one type of plane to another in mid-flight shows utter contempt for the viewers (MANY of which will spot these flaws). For example, you might see a dive bomber diving on a ship and then it shifts away to another angle and it is now a torpedo plane or fighter. These sorts of things happened A LOT--not just once or twice. Sometimes, the color of the plane even changed. And, to top it off, much of the footage was EXCEPTIONALLY grainy and unusable. And some, like the plane that splits in half on landing, have been shown 1001 times on documentaries, so they're terribly familiar.

Now I am not saying they should have blown up valuable planes just for our entertainment, but come off it folks! Films such as "The Battle of Britain" and "Tora, Tora, Tora" did a much better job of at least ATTEMPTING to get it right!! They used models, existing planes and similar planes--not grainy footage randomly thrown together. This along with a little modern content does NOT make an acceptable movie to pawn off on the unsuspecting public.

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