Midway (1976)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, History


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A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.


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Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

Donald S. Sanford

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6 January 2002 | mlevans
Like the battle, movie was a quasi-success
"Midway" has long been a favorite video to rent on occasion & relax in front of (although my only time to watch it on a TV with stereo sound nearly shook paint off the walls!). I've always wanted to rent it and "Tora, Tora, Tora" some weekend & watch "T,T,T," then "Midway" back-to-back. One or the other was always checked out, though.

Perhaps if I HAD gotten to see them back-to-back, "Midway's" deficiencies would be more clear to me. I certainly agree that the lame subplot is distracting and unrealistic. Heston's character (Capt. Garth) is interesting, but (as others have noted) no more so than the REAL officers involved.

Henry Fonda played Chester Nimitz more than once, but never got to REALLY portray him. This is sad, since he fit the bill to a "T." (Although the imbecilic little speech they give him at the very end always makes me want to gag!) James Coburn's twangy southern code-breaker was the most likeable character in the movie. The rest of the cast is solid, too, even when the writing may not be.

I'm not swift enough to pick on wrong insignias being used or stock footage being from other movies. It always looked (and SOUNDED) cool to me.

I liked the gradual development of the duel between Nimitz & his commanders & Yamamoto & his. To me the carrier tactics and the interpersonal debates that affected them was much more entertaining than the hokey romance subplot. It WAS a tad strange to see Pat Moran as one of the Japanese officers. (And I'm amazed to read in other reviews that Admiral Yamamoto's voice was the same as Boris Badinov!) Personally, I had trouble telling the Japanese admirals apart -- not to mention Admirals Fletcher and Spruance.

Overall, I would call the movie about what we called the battle -- a victory, but one where a number of things went wrong. I would give it a 7/10 rating.

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