Battle of Midway

  • PG
  • Jack Smight (1976)
  • US
  • 131 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda star in this blockbuster drama about the events leading up to the decisive battle fought between the navies of the US and Japan during the Second World War. The techniques of the star-studded cast are blown away somewhat by the big guns of audio technology, though the din of the original ear-blasting Sensurround has been diminished to clarify the narrative. Star performers of the calibre of Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum and James Coburn line up to do their bit for Uncle Sam, but can't prevent the movie overstaying its welcome.

Plot Summary

Second World War action drama starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda and James Coburn. A portrayal of events leading up to the naval battle between the US and Japan in 1942, which was crucial to the outcome of the conflict in the Pacific.

Cast and crew


Capt Matt Garth
Charlton Heston
Adm Chester W Nimitz
Henry Fonda
Capt Vinton Maddox
James Coburn
Rear Adm Raymond A Spruance
Glenn Ford
Cmdr Joseph Rochefort
Hal Holbrook
Adm Isoroku Yamamoto
Toshiro Mifune
Adm William F Halsey
Robert Mitchum
Cmdr Carl Jessop
Cliff Robertson
Lt Cmdr Ernest L Blake
Robert Wagner
Rear Adm "Jack" Fletcher
Robert Webber
Adm Harry Pearson
Ed Nelson


Jack Smight

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Cinema International Corp. UK
Some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG