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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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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
Lieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky
Ensign George Gay
Lieutenant Commander John Waldron
Captain Elliott Buckmaster
Lieutenant Tom Garth
Rear Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka
Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
Dale Ishimoto ...
Vice Admiral Moshiro Hosogaya
Captain Murray Arnold
Pilot 'Chili Bean' Ramos
Captain Cyril Simard (as Ken Pennell)
Cmdr. Watanabe
Phillip R. Allen ...
Lt. Cmdr. John S. 'Jimmy' Thach
Aide to Capt. Cyril Simard
Lt. Tomonaga
Conrad Yama ...
Adm. Nobutake Kondo
Cmdr. Minoru Genda
Officer Aboard Carrier Hiryu
Seth Sakai ...
Capt. Kameto Kuroshima
Kurt Grayson ...
Maj. Floyd 'Red' Parks
Alfie Wise ...
Chief Radioman Horace F. Dobbs
Beeson Carroll ...
ARM1 / c William E. Gallagher
ARM1c Walter G. Chochalousek
Lt. Cmdr. Lance E. "Lem" Massey
Lt. Howard P. Ady, PBY Pilot
Dennis Rucker ...
Ens. Manson
ARM3c Robert K. Huntington
James Ingersoll ...
Pilot, PBY 'Strawberry 12'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sailor (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Guard (uncredited)
Noel Conlon ...
(TV version only) (uncredited)
Larry Csonka ...
Cmdr. Delaney (uncredited)
Pilot (uncredited)
Don Dolan ...
(TV version only) (uncredited)
Adm. Yamamoto (uncredited) (voice)
Japanese Gentleman (uncredited)
Lt. Cmdr. Ken Cunningham (uncredited)
Seaman Downes (uncredited)
Redmond Gleeson ...
Pvt. Dombrowski - Radio Man (uncredited)
Office Worker (uncredited)
Anthony Herrara ...
Marine Lieutenant at Internment Camp (uncredited)
David Hirokane ...
Lt. Shima (uncredited)
Pilot Lt. Takeo Koda (uncredited)
Lloyd Kino ...
Capt. Aoki (uncredited)
Officer Testing Electric Bomb Release (uncredited)
Lt. Jack Reid (uncredited)
Capt. Thomas (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ...
Naval Officer / Aide (uncredited)
Chuck Morrell ...
Pvt. Andy (uncredited)
Lt. Hashimoto (uncredited)
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Japanese Pilot on Hiryu (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Bennett Ohta ...
Captain Taijiro Aoki - Commander of Akagi (uncredited)
Frank Parker ...
Deke (uncredited)
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Fenton (uncredited)
RAdm. Aubrey W. Fitch (uncredited)
(TV version only) (uncredited)
Wilson (uncredited)
(TV version only) (uncredited)
Ann (TV version only) (uncredited)
(TV version only) (uncredited)
Hunter von Leer ...
'Strawberry 9' Navigator (uncredited)
(TV version only) (uncredited)

Directed by

Jack Smight

Written by

Donald S. Sanford ... (written by)

Produced by

Walter Mirisch ... producer

Music by

John Williams

Cinematography by

Harry Stradling Jr. ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Robert Swink
Frank J. Urioste

Art Direction by

Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)

Set Decoration by

John M. Dwyer ... (as John Dwyer)

Production Management

William W. Gray ... production manager (as William Gray)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Richard Hashimoto ... second assistant director
Jerome M. Siegel ... first assistant director (as Jerome Siegel)

Sound Department

Roger Heman Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Hoyt ... re-recording mixer
Earl Madery ... re-recording mixer
Robert Martin ... sound
Leonard Peterson ... sound
Roger Sword ... sound editor
James Troutman ... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Dennis C. Salcedo ... optical sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Jack McMaster ... special effects


Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord ... stunts (uncredited)
Duffy Hambleton ... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito ... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Clifford Hutchison ... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard Craig Meinardus ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

Robert O. Ragland ... conductor / orchestrator
John Williams ... conductor

Other crew

Bob Forrest ... script supervisor
Bernard M. Strean ... technical advisor (as Vice Admiral Bernard M. Strean)
'Junior' Burchinal ... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The glory, the suspense, the spectacular drama of the men who won the most decisive naval battle in U.S. history. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The Battle of Midway (United States)
  • The Battle of Midway (Ireland, English title)
  • Battle of Midway (Philippines, English title)
  • Battle of Midway (United Kingdom)
  • La bataille de Midway (France)
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  • 132 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $4,356,666, 20 Jun 1976

Did You Know?

Trivia Most sequences of the Japanese air raids on Midway are stock shots from 20th Century Fox's Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) (for instance, the Command Car thrown into a wall by a bomb blast). See more »
Goofs When the cockpit of one of the planes catches fire, the pilot pulls out a fire extinguisher. It is a more modern one, not a fire extinguisher that would have existed in the 1940s. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Salute to the Marines (1943). See more »
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Quotes Captain Garth: Can I ask you something personal? Very personal?
Commander Rochefort: Sure.
Captain Garth: You know, it really stinks down here. How often do some of your people take a bath?
Commander Rochefort: Bath? Hell, I don't know. What *day* is it?
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