May 1941. After the Doolittle Raid Japan aims to expand its territory in the Pacific, to make such raids less likely. Their next target: Midway Island. However, the US Navy is intercepting their messages and has partially cracked their encryption code, forewarning them of Japan's intentions. Two US aircraft carrier task groups are sent to Midway, resulting in the one of the most important battles in history.Written by
This was the second film to be presented in "Sensurround", a special low-frequency bass speaker setup consisting of four huge speakers loaned by distributors to select theatres showing the film. This system was only used during certain sequences, and it was so powerful it cracked plaster at some theaters. Three other Universal films used Sensurround: Earthquake (1974), Rollercoaster (1977), and Battlestar Galactica (1978). See more »
Admiral Fletcher seems is shocked that Admiral Spruance had replaced the ill Admiral Halsey because Spruance is cruiser admiral.
This is odd considering Fletcher himself was a cruiser admiral who had only commanded carriers for a few months. See more »
Lt. Jack Reid:
[to Lieutenant Garth]
Lt. Jack Reid:
[gives him a cigarette]
[Gestures to the scout planes taking off]
Those poor bastards are going to miss all the fun. There's nothin' north of us but empty ocean.
Lt. Jack Reid:
He gets his dope straight from Tokyo Rose, right, Chili Bean?
Wrong, caballo. I get from here!
[gestures to his head]
When it frizzles, there's Japs around!
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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. The Coral Sea battle heavily features Mitchell Ryan as Admiral Aubrey Fitch and also includes a subplot where a young Japanese pilot who'd met with Admiral Nagumo to express his opposition to Japanese military action is shot down. At the end of the TV version, Sullivan and Christine Kukobo are both shown waiting dockside. See more »
This was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up and building models of land, sea, and air craft of the WWII period. Of course we all could have done without the romantic interest, but what counts is the overall telling of the story accurately (even if that includes sideline dramatizations etc.). In a nutshell Midway was a gamble and even though we knew where they'd be, we still took it on the chin with the loss of most of the aircraft and the Yorktown (which left only 2 effective carriers in the pacific and 1 in drydock). In the end we were lucky enough to be able to inflict sufficiently more damage on them than they did on us. This is the story that is told so well. It doesn't matter that the special effects were less than stellar (e.g., view of the fleet from the sealevel - obvious miniatures) or that they showed Essex class carriers which did not yet exist getting hit by kamikaze. The film is true in its depictions of gambles, gaffs, and good fortune which in the end allowed us to be victorious and end Japanese expansion. So quit knocking it and enjoy it for what it is!
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