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Midway (1976)




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An expensive war epic, Midway emulates The Longest Day and Tora! Tora! Tora! in attempting to re-create a famous World War II battle from both the American and Japanese viewpoints. The 1942 battle of Midway was the turning point of the War in the Pacific; the Japanese invasion fleet was destroyed, and America's string of humiliating defeats was finally broken. Though the battle itself was sufficiently dramatic to fill two films, Midway also has plotline involving the mixed-race relationship between Ensign Garth (Edward Albert), son of Navy Captain Matt Garth (Charlton Heston), and Haruko Sakura (Christina Kokubo), a Hawaiian girl of Japanese descent. The real-life personages depicted herein include American Admirals Nimitz (Henry Fonda), Halsey (Robert Mitchum) and Spruance (Glenn Ford), and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Toshiro Mifune, his voice once again dubbed by Paul Frees, whom Mifune personally selected for the job). For its original road show release, Midway was offered in the "Sensurround" process, which electronically shook and vibrated the audience's chairs during the battle sequences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Donald S. Sanford
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


Charlton Heston
as Capt. Matt Garth
Henry Fonda
as Adm. Chester W. Nimi...
James Coburn
as Capt. Vinton Maddox
Glenn Ford
as Rear Adm. Raymond A....
Hal Holbrook
as Cmdr. Joseph Rochefo...
Toshiro Mifune
as Adm. Isoroku Yamamot...
Robert Mitchum
as Adm. William F. Hals...
Cliff Robertson
as Cmdr. Carl Jessop
Robert Wagner
as Lt. Cmdr. Ernest L. ...
Robert Webber
as Rear Adm. Frank J. '...
Ed Nelson
as Adm. Harry Pearson
James Shigeta
as Vice Adm. Chuichi Na...
Christina Kokubo
as Haruko Sakura
Monte Markham
as Cmdr. Max Leslie
Biff McGuire
as Capt. Miles Browning
Kevin Dobson
as Ens. George Gay
Christopher George
as Lt. Cmdr. C. Wade Mc...
Glenn Corbett
as Lt. Cmdr. John Waldr...
Gregory Walcott
as Capt. Elliott Buckma...
Edward Albert
as Lt. Tom Garth
Dabney Coleman
as Capt. Murray Arnold
Conrad Yama
as Adm. Nobutake Kondo
Dale Ishimoto
as Vice Adm. Moshiro Ho...
Larry Csonka
as Cmdr. Delaney
Dennis Rucker
as Ens. Mansen
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morit...
as Rear Admiral Ryunosu...
Lloyd Kino
as Capt. Aoki
John Fujioka
as Rear Admiral Tamon Y...
Bennett Ohta
as Captain Taijiro Aoki
Clyde Kusatsu
as Cmdr. Watanabe
Erik Estrada
as Pilot 'Chili Bean' R...
Kip Niven
as PBY Pilot
David Macklin
as Lt. Jack Reid
Robert Ito
as Cmdr. Minoru Genda
Phillip R. Allen
as Lt. Cmdr. John S. 'J...
Sab Shimono
as Lt. Tomonaga
Steve Kanaly
as Lt. Cmdr. Lance E. '...
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Critic Reviews for Midway

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 31, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

There are few surprises here, yet the feature remains dependably engaging and charmingly acted, helping the production hurdle a few questionable artistic choices as it attempts to resurrect history over 30 years after the fact.

Full Review… | June 29, 2013

To make an uninvolving movie out of one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War may seem a dubious challenge, but there's no denying Universal their full credit in meeting it.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Midway

Blow by blow recital of the facts of the famous WWII Pacific sea battle delivered by faces you know and love makes for a cozy history lesson. The nutty love story thrown in for the ladies is not only distracting but irrelevant. All in all not a terrible waste.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I can't help but think that a certain amount of entertainment value was sacrificed for the sake of historical accuracy.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Like Flixster says, "Midway feels more like a history lesson than a drama". Still, it is history I am only vaguely aware of, so that is fine, but the movie seems long. There are a lot of famous faces in the movie. This film uses a lot of actual battle footage.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Midway Quotes

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz: That might be the smart play commander. Trouble is, I want that 4th carrier.
– Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)
Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto: I have traveled widely in America my friends. Their industrial might is awesome! I am convinced that our only hope for victory is one massive strike at Midway.
– Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)
Adm. Nobutake Kondo: This time, the God of Operations has conceived a monster.
– Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)

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