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Midway also known as “The Battle of Midway,” “La batalla de Midway,” “La bataille de Midway,” “Schlacht um Midway,” “Slaget om Midway,” “A Batalha de Midway,” “A Midway-i csata,” “Batalha de Midway,” “Batalia de la Midway,” “Bitwa o Midway,” “La battaglia di Midway,” “Midwayn taistelu,” “Pasifik Savaslari”

Reviewed by: Kevin Burk

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Primary Audience:
Adults Mature Teens
War Action Adventure
2 hr. 12 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
June 18, 1976
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Relevant Issues
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war in the Bible

What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer

courage / bravery / self-sacrifice


Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Featuring: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshirô Mifune (Toshiro Mifune), Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner
Director: Jack Smight
Producer: The Mirisch Corporation
Walter Mirisch
Universal Pictures
Distributor: Universal Pictures

“Midway” is an action-packed retelling of a massive naval battle that was one of the turning points of World War II. If you have any interest in the history of that period, this “historical fiction” account is a good starting place. With a stellar cast it also ranks as one of the most engaging war films of all time.

The film follows on one hand Captain Garth (an inactive American naval pilot) and his exploits before and during the Battle of Midway and the efforts of American Admiral Nimitz to guess what the next Japanese move will be in the naval battle for control of the Pacific. On the other hand we see a well-balanced portrayal of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto and his subordinates as they try to craft a plan to devastate the American Pacific fleet in one massive strike, compelling the Americans to sue for peace. The film provides a fascinating glimpse into the way courage, determination and sometimes just apparent good fortune shape world history. Had this event unfolded differently the world might be a very different place.

The film is a typical Hollywood 1970’s production, and peppers us with unnecessary profanities, but is tame by 21st century standards. There is also war violence, men getting shot, one pilot’s burned body is shown, etc. But, the film also upholds some of the few good things that war can produce: courage, loyalty and sacrifice. Overall, a good film with a basis in fact.

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