Midway

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Released 1976

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Director:
Jack Smight
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG
Midway is a 1976 film chronicling the events surrounding the World War II Battle of Midway in early June, 1942, one of the greatest sea battles of the 20th century. Following the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in April, 1942, Japanese commanders sought to extend their defensive perimeter and eliminate the U.S. as a naval power in the Pacific. The film cross cuts between the war rooms of the American and Japanese sides, with Admiral Yamamoto (Toshiro Mifune) seeing the Doolittle raid, the first attack of the war on Japanese soil as an opportunity to take the offensive. Yamamoto targets Midway. On the American side, Admiral Nimitz (Henry Fonda) has one advantage over the Japanese: American code breakers are able to determine the location and time of the attack, eliminating the element of surprise. In a subplot, Captain Maff Garth (Charlton Heston) is a pilot assigned to protect Midway as he struggles to accept his son's (Edward Albert) relationship with a Japanese-American woman.moreless

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    War movies used to have dash and color and a certain corny sentimentality; Midway hardly even makes us care.

  • 50

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Midway solemnly cross-cuts between the war councils, chart rooms and communications offices on the American side and those on the Japanese side, with characters, who often have to ...

  • 40

    Time Out

    Noisy, incomprehensible and lumberingly irrelevant, complete with shell-schlock Sensurround.

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Military & War, Historical