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The film chronicles two battles in the Pacific during World War II, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway, which decided the war in the Pacific. The Japanese Imperial Navy had been undefeated until that time and out-numbered the American naval forces by four to one. Their chief strategist Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (played by Mifune) creates a complicated battle plan in order to ambush the few remaining American aircraft carriers after the Coral Sea battle. Unknown to the Japanese, American signals intelligence has broken the Japanese Naval encryption codes and know ahead of time that the ambush will take place at Midway Island. American Admiral Chester Nimitz (played by Fonda), places a gigantic bet by sending his last remaining carriers to Midway before the Japanese to set up his own ambush. The film accurately shows how intelligence, audacity, skill and luck won the day for the Americans. A sub-plot involves an American fighter pilot and his Nisei Japanese American girlfriend, whose family has been placed in internment during the war. As with many "carrier films" produced around this time, the US Navy Essex class aircraft carrier USS Lexington played the parts of both American and Japanese flattops for shipboard scenes. The battle of midway is done with captions to identify historical characters. Historically accurate in it's major points. This is the battle in which the previously undefeated Japanese fleet was stopped in a battle during which all damage was done by aircraft. The opposing fleets never saw each other. The 1942 battles of the Coral Sea and Midway island are retold through the points of view of both sides. When an audacious US air raid reaches Japan itself, Combined Fleet commander Isoroku Yamamoto orders seaborne invasions of Port Moresby in the southwestern Pacific and of Midway Island near Hawaii, invasions that Yamamoto hopes will smoke out the US Pacific Fleet for destruction before the full might of US war production can kick in. The Japanese are supremely confident of victory over the vastly outnumbered US fleet, but they are unaware that US Navy intelligence has cracked the Imperial Navy's codes, allowing the US to deploy aircraft carriers to maximum counteroffensive effect.

Starring ... Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, James Coburn,
Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner,
Tom Selleck, Christina Kokubo, Monte Markham, Erik Estrada,
Christopher George, Glenn Corbett, Larry Csonka

Director: Jack Smight
Producer: Walter Mirisch


Year Released - June 1976

Length - 132 minutes

Music Composer: John Williams

Movie Distributed by Universal Studios



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