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
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Much of the footage of the Japanese carriers being attacked is from a 1960 Japanese film called "Storm Over the Pacific" - released in the US as "I Bombed Pearl Harbor". See more »
In the discussion with Admiral Nimitz about determining the meaning of "AF", Nimitz orders the fake message sent to Midway via a courier flight. The message was actually sent to Midway via the Trans-Pacific Cable which was still operating from the west coast of the U.S. to Midway. Due to its distance from Pearl Harbor, there were no daily courier flights. See more »
A television version exists, with additional cast and plot. It runs four hours with commercials. The main plot points are a Charlton Heston-Susan Sullivan romance and the Coral Sea battle (reffered to in the other version) is played out like the Midway battle. At the end of the TV version, Sullivan and Christine Kukobo are both shown waiting dockside. See more »
'Midway' revisited...mediocre war film with uninspired star cameos...
Most of the male stars who appear in MIDWAY look as though they rehearsed their grumpy expressions and gruff delivery of dialogue before a mirror and then went before the cameras without sufficient rehearsal. None of the acting is more than routine and Hal Holbrook has been permitted to do some serious overacting in possibly the worst performance in the film.
Some of the drama does comes through with the use of actual footage of the greatest naval battle of World War II which decided the defeat of the Japanese when their carriers were destroyed. But tacked onto the complicated military maneuvers is a subplot involving Edward Albert and a Japanese girl he wants to marry. It further weakens the already shoddy story structure.
Hopefully, some day a real account of the Battle of Midway will be done without putting the focus on some overaged male stars who do little to preserve their acting reputations with this one. Charlton Heston comes off best but the others are strictly playing their roles by the book: Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, Cliff Robertson and Robert Wagner included. Mitchum is totally wasted as a man who must suggest his replacement for battle because he's bedridden with a skin disorder.
If you watch closely, you can catch Tom Selleck and Erik Estrada in bit roles. The stock war footage has been rather awkwardly inserted in the midst of the battle scenes and further detracts from enjoyment of the film.
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