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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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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Toshirô Mifune's voice is dubbed by American actor Paul Frees. See more »

Goofs

Tom Garth tells his father that he's been assigned to VF-8 (Fighter Squadron 8). When his dad (Capt. Garth) sees him reporting to the USS Yorktown he is shocked and says he wasn't supposed to ship out for a week. This can't be since VF-8 was assigned to the USS Hornet and would have shipped out before the elder Garth did. 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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It's overall what counts
5 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up and building models of land, sea, and air craft of the WWII period. Of course we all could have done without the romantic interest, but what counts is the overall telling of the story accurately (even if that includes sideline dramatizations etc.). In a nutshell Midway was a gamble and even though we knew where they'd be, we still took it on the chin with the loss of most of the aircraft and the Yorktown (which left only 2 effective carriers in the pacific and 1 in drydock). In the end we were lucky enough to be able to inflict sufficiently more damage on them than they did on us. This is the story that is told so well. It doesn't matter that the special effects were less than stellar (e.g., view of the fleet from the sealevel - obvious miniatures) or that they showed Essex class carriers which did not yet exist getting hit by kamikaze. The film is true in its depictions of gambles, gaffs, and good fortune which in the end allowed us to be victorious and end Japanese expansion. So quit knocking it and enjoy it for what it is!


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