Naval Warfare Movies

Midway (Collector's Edition)

Director: Jack Smight
Producer: Universal Studios
Starring: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Edward Albert, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Published: 2001
Country: USA
Length: 132 min.
Keywords: WWII, Feature

This movie was originally made in 1976. This version is from 2001.

This is the DVD release (see more).


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.