Review: ‘Midway’

The June 1942 sea-air battle off Midway Island was a turning point in World War II. However, the melee of combat was the usual hysterical jumble of noise, explosion and violent death. Midway tries to combine both aspects but succumbs to the confusion.

The June 1942 sea-air battle off Midway Island was a turning point in World War II. However, the melee of combat was the usual hysterical jumble of noise, explosion and violent death. Midway tries to combine both aspects but succumbs to the confusion.

Henry Fonda’s performance as Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz towers over everything else.

The Midway battle followed the Mames Doolittle air raid on Tokyo in April 1942. The turnback of the Japanese Navy effectively cleared the West Coast from attack, and gave the US time enough to mobilize for the long road back across the Pacific.

Midway

Production

Mirisch. Director Jack Smight; Producer Walter Mirisch; Screenplay Donald S. Sanford; Camera Harry Stradling Jr; Editor Robert Swink, Frank J. Urioste; Music John Williams; Art Director Walter Tyler

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 132 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Henry Fonda James Coburn Glenn Ford Hal Holbrook Toshiro Mifune
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