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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best war films ever made, although harmed by the bad use of war footage
Although fully aware of its weak spots, I give "Midway" full five stars, because I believe this is one of the best reconstructions of major battles in history of cinema, the others being "Tora, Tora, Tora", "The longest day" and "Waterloo".

I agree with most of the negative comments on the war footage used in this film, with the...
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Maciej

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1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Mediocrity
Made by the same studio that gave us Tora Tora Tora, I was really looking forward to this film. Whilst TTT was both historically accurate & excellently acted, this one is exactly the opposite. It is truly,absolutely dreadful !!! The acting is uniformly wooden and the dialogue is cringeworthy. You can tell this movie was made "on the cheap" because EVERY action scene is...
Published on 24 Nov 2007 by Hugh McPhilemy


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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars battle of midway, 3 April 2006
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a classic war film, a host of stars, and enjoyable film, and a damn sight more historically accurate than anything more modern such as pearl harbour
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A five star turkey, 23 Dec 2007
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Anyone coming to this film having enjoyed Tora, Tora, Tora will be gravely disappointed. Despite it's 'all-star' cast, the acting is uniformly wooden, with a leaden main plot and a truly ghastly sub-plot revolving around a pilot's girlfriend.

At the same time, in contrast to Tora, Tora, Tora, the Japanese are portrayed in a very one dimensional and stereotyped way, which owes more to 'central casting' than reality.

Even the action sequences fall flat, with a shaky mishmash of scenes spliced together; even the better-informed ten year old could pick holes in them.

In fact it could almost be watched as a comedy - but not quite.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film with great actors action and story, 9 Jun 2008
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The Battle of Midway is a great film with many great actors giving great performances in a story of the turning point in the Pacific War. OK the filmakers did save money by reusing FX from Tora Tora Tora and 30 Seconds over Tokyo but that does not take away from one of the best stories of world War 2.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complex Form of Modern Warfare, 1 Jan 2010
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I realize that a lot of the review of this film were quite scathing, but I am still going to rate this with five stars. I find it a very enjoyable and informative film.
Yes, this is not a big-budget war film of the type that "The Longest Day", "Battle of Britain", "Tora, Tora, Tora" and "Bridge Too Far" were. It is true the cannabilzed big battle scenes from "TTT" and, I believe "Battle of Britain", leading to ridiculous scenes like showing a Japanese torpedo bomber taking off to bomb the land targets on Midway Island and showing American fighter planes taking off the small, flat desert islands of Midway with the green mountains of Hawaii in the background. It is also true that the sub-plot with Capt Garth's son and his Japanese girlfriend was superfluous, although it does give the audience some idea of the paranoid anti-Japanese-American feeling that existed at the time.

Having said this, I must point out the strengths of the film. First there was Henry Fonda's outstanding portrayal of Admiral Nimitz. His low-key acting approach was perfect for Nimitz's cool demeanour (it seems we also see some of Fonda's political correctness-whereas everyone else seems to call the enemy "the Japs", Fonda always calls them "the Japanese"). Next, the importance of Lt Commander Joseph Rochefort's code breakers in supplying vital intelligence on a very thin shoestring is emphasized. When Garth asks how much of the Japanese messages can be deciphered, Rochefort (played by Hal Holbrooke) replies "10 percent". Garth says "you're just guessing!" but Rochefort says "we prefer to call it 'analysis'".
Most importantly we see the immense pressure on the commanders on the spot, particularly Admirals Spruance (played by Glenn Ford) and Fletcher (Robert Webber) who have to make life-or-death decisions with only partial information in a very short time frame.
The film is not quite as strong on showing the Japanese side. Whereas "Tora, Tora, Tora" used Japanese actors and directors, showing the Japanese to be rather brusque and militaristic, the American-Japanese actors in "Midway" give a more relaxed, American-style performance which I think is less authentic, but James Shegita, who plays the carrier task-force commander Admiral Naguma shows well the indecision and indecisiveness that plagued him. The film does point out that there was opposition to the whole plan among senior Japanese commanders, involving hundreds of ships involved in a complex operation devised to conquer both Midway and the Aleutian Islands in addition to bringing the remaining American carriers into battle in what was supposed to be their final, decisive defeat, in addition to what Japanese historians called "the victory disease" in which the Japanese, now underestimating their American opponents after six months of victories following Pearl Harbor, became lax with ensuring the security about plans for their operation and ignoring possible dangerous situations such as not knowing where the American carriers were located before launching their attacks.

The film ends emphasizing that there was a great deal of luck in the American victory. Since the film highlights these important facts, it is still very worthwhile to view, in spite of its flaws.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly 2nd rate., 27 Jun 2007
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I bought this some years ago and was very dissapointed. Considering the potential for buildup,tension and climax in the whole Midway campaign the film is a rather poor effort compared with, for example, Tora Tora Tora!. The acting is pretty ham, and the attempt to comment on the internement issues via a Japanese girlfriend is dire.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This battle Marked the Turnning Point of the War in the Pacific., 25 Jun 2014
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Good film for its time, unfortunately his was bought for a Friend who doesn't use the Internet. But if you have never seen it well worth a watch.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WWII Movie, 21 Jun 2014
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This movie is fairly true to history, one of the great American classic movies, I have watched it again and again!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 10 April 2014
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This is a classic WW2 film. Great acting, excellent action shots and the film really captures the story very well. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midway, 27 Mar 2014
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An excellent movie. well worth watching, and well acted by the cast and I am not passing any more damned comments just to fill a page
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 2 Feb 2014
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This was a movie to get it was just awesome from start to finish and the action in it was just brilliant highly recommended.
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