Midway – 1976 – English
War film directed in 1976 by Jack Smight, and starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshirô Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Ed Nelson, James Shigeta, Christina Kokubo, Monte Markham, Biff McGuire, Christopher George, Kevin Dobson, Glenn Corbett, Gregory Walcott, Edward Albert, Pat Morita, John Fujioka, Dale Ishimoto, Dabney Coleman, Erik Estrada, Larry Pennell, Clyde Kusatsu, Phillip R. Allen, Tom Selleck…
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Midway brings the viewers a realistic scenario of events that occurred before and during the battle. Exhausting efforts to break the Japanese code and also seeing the anguish of the Japanese Commanders when their task force was defeated is most interesting. The facts were depicted fairly as I know them.
The romance of a junior officer and his Japanese girl friend seems a little odd, especially, when it causes problems with Charleton Heston’s character. The Battle of Midway was a very historic WWII battle. I don’t believe enough American People really understand the consequences if the USA had lost the battle. This picture realistically depicts the epic portions of the battle. Overall, I liked it and it was made with excellent standards in choice of words rather than trash talk.