Midway

Midway

DVD - 2001
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"This is the way it was--the story of the battle that was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, told wherever possible with actual film shot during combat. It exemplifies the combination of planning, courage, error and pure chance by which great events are often decided."--Title screens. In June of 1942, quite possibly the most important naval encounter of WWII took place in the middle of the Pacific, at Midway Island. While fictional, the film uses a great deal of documentary footage of the actual battle, featuring hundreds of ships of all sizes, from patrol boats to battleships and multiple carriers with hundreds of aircraft. US forces get wind of an imminent Japanese action and tries to sort fact from fiction, while the Japanese plan and execute their own attack plans. An epic on a grand scale that incorporates a huge cast, the film emphasizes the sheer scale of battles fought in the Pacific theater, which even when victorious, cost hundreds of lives.

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Dave99_0
Aug 05, 2017

It's nice to hear the huge radial piston engines of the bombers and the fighters. I would recommend "Midway" to the young generation who have never seen an aircraft carrier under air attack. It's quite interesting to see how an aircraft carrier defends itself against dive bombers and torpedo bombers. IMHO, I would rate "Midway" at 4.0 stars.

Midyway is one of my all-time favorite movies. This was about my 15th viewing and I liked it better than the last 14 because I learned to fast-forward through all scenes referring to Heston's son and his Japanese fiancé--which were insanely melodramatic, extremely boring, and entirely irrelevant.

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Koenigstiger
Jul 14, 2011

A brilliant film in the same vein as the Longest Day, Battle of Britain and A Bridge Too Far- Midway is a classic. Multiple real stories, an excellent cast and great real airplanes ;) Highly recommended.

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