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.
The scenes of the sailors trying to get off the Arizona by climbing across a rope hand over hand are echos of a similar experience described in a book titled "All the Gallant Men". (2016) An Arizona sailor, Donald Stratton wrote the book, authored by Ken Gire. In the book, Stratton describes how a sailor, Joe George on the ship Vestal, which was moored alongside the Arizona, threw a line to the Arizona so the men could escape to the Vestal. During the rescue, the captain of the Vestal ordered George to cut all lines to the Arizona so the Vestal could move away. George refused, knowing it would mean death for the men trying to cross over. Despite threats of court martial from the captain, George maintained the line until Stratton and several of his shipmates made it to the safety of the Vestal. See more »
The steel pot helmets worn by the gun crews on the ships were not issued until later in the war. Rather, the helmets were the same 'soup bowl' style that are seen on the soldiers on the island. See more »
The end credits are played over black and white footage of the ballroom singer (played by Ana Maria Lombo who is also known as Annie Trousseau) in the Honolulu officer's club seen earlier in the film performing the entire song "All or Nothing At All". See more »
Far better than what I thought it would be. Tense War movie. I really enjoyed this movie which is based on true life events. Please don't think this movie is anything like the pearl harbour movie because it isn't.
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