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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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The sights, sounds and actual sensations of combat. So real you can feel it. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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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

In giving his report of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Captain Garth (Charlton Heston) incorrectly claims the 'front-line' Japanese aircraft carrier (Shokaku) as sunk, as well as the smaller one, 'Shoho'. U.S. codebreaking intelligence knew full well that Shokaku hadn't been sunk but that she had been badly damaged (three hits with 1,000-pound bombs) and was on her way back to Japan for repairs. They tried to positon submarines to intercept her and finish her off. Joe Rochefort (Hal Holbrook) was right there in the back of the Jeep, would have known this, and should have corrected it. See more »

Quotes

Officer on Midway: Send this right away.
Pvt. Dombrowski: Hey chief what's this?
[a message saying that Midway's pure water condenser is malfunctioning]
Pvt. Dombrowski: There ain't nothing wrong with our pure water condenser. I was just over there.
Officer on Midway: [annoyed] Dombrowski, *send it*!
Pvt. Dombrowski: [baffled] I think the goddamn *heat's* gettin' to *everybody* here!
[sends the message]
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Flawed But Still Satisfying
20 September 2003 | by Eric-62-2See all my reviews

Of course "Midway" is a flawed movie. The subplot about Japanese-Americans is ridiculous and seems like a forced attempt to be PC during the post-Vietnam 1970s when it wasn't in fashion to be completely celebratory of America. Of course it's unsatisfying that the Japanese actors don't speak Japanese and we have to hear Paul Frees dubbing Toshiro Mifune. Of course the stock footage isn't going to please aviation and naval buffs who know these details like the back of their hands, but to me this is a trivial complaint that fails to take into account the limits of 1970s technology or budgeting. "Pearl Harbor" ultimately got those details right through CGI and the end result was a far worse film in the final analysis. Because ultimately, for all the flaws that are in "Midway" it succeeds because it does stick to the essential truths when telling the story of the battle, and I know this because when I first saw this movie on the CBS Late Movie around 1979, I got so hooked that I went out and read every book on the battle I could find including Walter Lord's "Incredible Victory." The movie had given me a starting reference point and while I was sorry that some key aspects of the latter stages of the battle were not depicted (such as the torpedoing and eventual sinking of the Yorktown), I couldn't have asked for anything better in terms of getting me to learn more about this great turning point of World War II. As far as I'm concerned, it's good that Hollywood did tackle this subject in an era when the influence of "Tora! Tora! Tora!", "The Longest Day" etc. still hung over the proceedings because if it hadn't been made back then, we would today be forced to see it given the "Pearl Harbor" and "Titanic" treatment that is pure garbage.

John Williams contributes one of his finer pre-Star Wars scores with two great themes, the "Midway March" (which is only heard in the end credits of the theatrical version and became more popular in an expanded concert arrangement by the Boston Pops) and the "Men Of The Yorktown March" which dominates much of the score and offers great foreshadowings of the Throne Room sequence in "Star Wars" and the Smallville music in "Superman."


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