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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5 July 2004 | Doylenf
'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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