• Midway (1976)


Release Date: 1976

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 1998

PG |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

In this dramatization of the Battle of Midway during World War II, U.S. Navy Adm. Chester Nimitz (Henry Fonda) leads an outnumbered unit in the Pacific to break Japanese encryption codes. They soon discover that Adm. Yamamoto (Toshirô Mifune) plans an ambush of the U.S. base on the island of Midway. Capt. Matt Garth (Charlton Heston) helps devise the Navy's strategy, while his pilot son, Tom (Edward Albert), falls in love with a Japanese-American woman who is headed for an internment camp.

Cast: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Toshiro Mifune

Director: Jack Smight

Genres: War

Production Co: Universal Pictures, The Mirisch Corporation [us]

Keywords: Quest, Gripping, Underdog, Tense, 1940s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Vincent CanbyThe New York Times

    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 be identified by subtitles, laboriously trying to give us all of the exposition necessary to make the battle coherent. There's no way to act such roles. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 40
    Time Out

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

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