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Midway (2019)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 8 November 2019 (USA)
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The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

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Roland Emmerich

Writer:

Wes Tooke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Skrein ... Dick Best
Patrick Wilson ... Edwin Layton
Woody Harrelson ... Chester W. Nimitz
Luke Evans ... Wade McClusky
Mandy Moore ... Ann Best
Luke Kleintank ... Clarence Dickinson
Dennis Quaid ... William 'Bull' Halsey
Aaron Eckhart ... Jimmy Doolittle
Keean Johnson ... James Murray
Nick Jonas ... Bruno Gaido
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Isoroku Yamamoto
Tadanobu Asano ... Tamon Yamaguchi
Darren Criss ... Eugene Lindsey
Brandon Sklenar ... George 'Tex' Gay
Jake Manley ... Willie West
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Storyline

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of war violence and related images, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,897,419, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$17,897,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,132,529
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, at the beginning of the attack by Midways planes on the Japanese, it is depicted that about 12-16 twin engine B-26 bombers conducted a level bombing against Nagumos flagship, the Akagi.

In reality, Midway only had 4 B-26s deployed... they were bravely the first to attack at 0710. They had been converted to torpedo bombers and as such approached at a very low level, not high up to bomb as in the film. Of the 4, 2 were shot down by intense AA fire, and the leader, severely damaged, conducted what may be the first kamikaze attack of the war (YES an American), attempting to hit Admiral Nagumos bridge to kill him and missed at the last minute by as little as 5 feet by Japanese accounts. There is much historical debate as to whether this scare might have affected Nagumos thinking in the next 15 minutes and resulted in the Japanese disaster. See more »

Goofs

When the US Dive Bombers attack the Japanese fleet at Midway, Wade McClusky is shown dropping a bomb. This is incorrect, while he did lead the squadron and made the decision to follow the Japanese destroyer, he LOST his bomb due to an electrical arming fault. He then ordered his other pilots to manually arm their bombs. He had to settle for strafing a Japanese carrier, but he had no bomb to drop. See more »

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Edwin Layton: Pearl Harbor is the greatest intelligence failure in American history.
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Account of Crucial Naval Battle in Emmerich Style
29 October 2019 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

This film is a straightforward retelling of the events in the first months of the War in the Pacific beginning with Pearl Harbor and culminating in the Battle of Midway (June 1942). In between, it also touched on Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo (April 1942) and the Battle of Coral Sea (May 1942). The story was told mainly from the point of view of two American soldiers, namely pilot Lt. Dick Best (Ed Skrein) who led his dive bomber squadron at Midway, and intelligence officer Lt. Comm. Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson) who with his code-breaker team predicted the Midway attack.

Along the way, we meet other famous American soldiers: Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet; Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey (Dennis Quaid) who led the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise; Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance (Jake Weber) who took over the Enterprise for the Battle of Midway; Best's fellow aviators Lt. Comm. Wade McClusky (Luke Evans), Lt. Comm. Eugene Lindsey (Darren Criss) and Lt. Comm. Jimmy Doolittle (Aaron Eckhart); cryptographer Commander Joseph Rochefort (Brennan Brown) and Aviation Machinist Mate Bruno Gaido (Nick Jonas).

The side of the Japanese Imperial Army and their unique military culture were also given fair screen time in this film. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Commander in Chief of their combined fleet, was portrayed with calm and quiet dignity. We also get to meet other Japanese officers and their own brands of leadership Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi (Tadanobu Asano) who commanded the Hiryu with nobility, and Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo (Jun Kunimura) whose controversial battle decisions had negative impact against the Japanese campaign.

The execution of the critical battle scenes are the main draws to watch this film. Director Roland Emmerich will always be remembered as the man who brought us "Independence Day" (1996) and "2012" (2009). Of course, there are big explosions and massive destruction here as well. The massive scenes showing fiery exploding seacraft and aircraft were rendered with crisp cinematography and meticulous visual effects to create impressive screen spectacles. The aviation scenes, particularly the dive bomber runs by Dick Best, were excellently staged, shot and edited to elicit an exhilarating rush.

For its 2 hours 18 minute run, the story of the crucial naval battles and the heroism of its real-life protagonists were front and center here in "Midway." There were no fictional characters or cheesy love stories like in the first "Midway" film or "Pearl Harbor." While seeing some popular young actors like Criss or Jonas can be distracting, the all-star cast generally rendered honor and respect to the heroes they portrayed. Focusing on soldiers of lesser rank allowed for some intimate personal drama in actual battle situations, perhaps with not much depth as possible. As this movie is rated PG, so do not expect to see graphic injuries at the level of "Saving Private Ryan."


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