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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

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Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Oct 10, 2000

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6) | DVD (7)

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.

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Rather dull, although certainly elaborate enough

October 7, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Charlton Heston at his restrained yet forceful best.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

has the decency to devote the majority of the film to the actual events, and not get bogged down in a fictitious, smarmy love affair.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

If the movie drags a bit in the dramatics department, that's probably because the filmmakers were shooting for 'accuracy' over 'emotion'.

November 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

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.
June 13, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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I can't help but think that a certain amount of entertainment value was sacrificed for the sake of historical accuracy.
June 4, 2011
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

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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.
September 13, 2007
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