Story

Six months after the Japanese destroyed the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, the Americans discovered the Japanese were planning to seize the Naval base at Midway Island--a perfect staging point for invading Hawaii or the mainland. Outnumbered four to one, the Americans won a surprise victory and shattered the backbone of the Japanese Imperial Navy. This 1976 film feels more like a history lesson than a drama, but World War II buffs will appreciate the attention to historical fact (especially the way in which fate and a few bad decisions turned the tide), as well as the generous use of actual battle footage. The all-star cast includes Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, and Cliff Robertson in cameos and a whole slew of familiar TV faces in supporting roles. Hal Holbrook is fun as an oddball intelligence officer. --Geof Miller

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Charlton HestonCaptain Matt Garth
Henry FondaAdmiral Chester W. Nimitz
James CoburnCaptain Vinton Maddox
Glenn FordRear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
Hal HolbrookCommander Joseph Rochefort
Toshiro MifuneAdmiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Robert MitchumAdmiral William F. Halsey
Cliff RobertsonCommander Carl Jessop
Robert WagnerLieutenant Commander Ernest L. Blake
Robert WebberRear Admiral Frank J. 'Jack' Fletcher
Ed NelsonAdmiral Harry Pearson
James ShigetaVice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
Monte MarkhamCommander Max Leslie
Christopher GeorgeLieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky
Kevin DobsonEnsign George Gay
Glenn CorbettLieutenant Commander John Waldron
Gregory WalcottCaptain Elliott Buckmaster
Edward AlbertLieutenant Tom Garth
Pat MoritaRear Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka
John FujiokaRear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
Dabney ColemanCaptain Murray Arnold
Erik EstradaPilot 'Chili Bean' Ramos
Larry PennellCaptain Cyril Simard
Clyde KusatsuCmdr. Watanabe
Tom SelleckAide to Capt. Cyril Simard
Sab ShimonoLt. Tomonaga
Robert ItoCmdr. Minoru Genda

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Jack Smight
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 132 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2000
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