Summary: "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.Content Notes:
Main titles -- Something's stirring -- Tom's surprise -- Hot information -- An enemy ruse? -- Haruko -- Nimitz's team -- Kissing the enemy -- Air search -- First wave -- Attack on Midway Island -- Americans attack -- Air strike -- Bandits -- Japanese strike back -- Victory -- Crash landing -- End titles.Notes:
Cast: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Ed Nelson, James Shigeta, Christina Kokubo, Monte Markham, Biff McGuire, Christopher George, Kevin Dobson, Glenn Corbett, Gregory Walcott, Edward Albert, Pat Morita, John Fujioka, Dale Ishimoto, Dabney Coleman, Erik Estrada, Ken Pennell, Clyde Kusatsu, Phillip R. Allen, Tom Selleck, Sab Shimono, Conrad Yama, Robert Ito, Yuki Shimoda, Seth Sakai, Kurt Grayson, Aflie Wise, Beeson Carroll, John Bennett Perry, Steve Kanaly, Kip Niven, Dennis Rucker, Michael Richardson, James Ingersoll.Notes:
Special features: Featurettes: The Making of "Midway" (39 min.); The Score of "Midway" (6 min.); Sensurround: The Sounds of "Midway" (4 min.); Scenes shot for the TV version (11 min.); "They Were There" hosted by Charlton Heston (7 min.); Photograph montage [slide show] (3 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.); Production notes [text feature]; Cast and filmmakers [text feature]; Recommendations [text feature]; DVD-ROM features ; DVD Newsletter [text feature].
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1976.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG, some material my not be suitable for children.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 1.1 mono.; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
In English, dubbed Spanish, or dubbed French with optional English captions; closed-captioned.