Synopsis: The summer of 1942 brought Naval stalemate to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood at even numbers each waiting for the other to begin a renewed offensive. "Midway" tells the story of this historic June battle where a Japanese carrier force, in an attempt to occupy Midway island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was meet valiently by US forces operating off of three aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships. It was the first battle in which naval air power was extensivly used, and at its conclusion the Japanese Carrier force had been completly destroyed which lead the way for the US 1943 and 44 offensives which would eventually bring the Pacific War to a close.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Jack Smight
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

Admiral Yamamoto, please.

He asked not to be disturbed.

- It is most urgent.

Admiral Yamamoto?

Tokyo has been bombed.

- When?

10 minutes ago. Yokohama, Kawasaki

and Yokosuka were also bombed.

His Imperial Majesty is unharmed.

I personally phoned the palace.

Damage? - Very little to Tokyo.

No reports from the other cities,

but it seems probable

that they too were barely scratched.

How did they do it, Watanabe?

They launched long-range

B-25 bombers from their carriers.

They came in at treetop level,

and were first seen over the city.

Tokyo... bombed!

Sir, I understand your concern

for the Emperor's safety, but...

You may speak freely, Commander.

- This raid is a blessing in disguise.

The Americans have

proven you correct.

Dur homeland is not invulnerable.

After today, the General Staff

will certainly approve

your operation M-I.

Lieutenant-Colonel Doolittle

led the raid with a force of 16 B-25s

and an all-volunteer crew of airmen.

Most of the planes carried

500-pound demolition bombs

and single incendiary clusters,

which were dropped on oil stores,

factories and military sites in Tokyo.

A few planes made minor strikes

on Kobe, Yokohama and Nagoya,

with one bomb hitting

the Japanese carrier Ryuko.

News of this raid has improved

American and allied morale,

while at the same time constituting

a blow to Japanese prestige.

Thanks, Sir.

At his press conference today,

President Roosevelt was asked:

"Can you tell us, where did

those planes start from and go to?"

He replied:

"Yes, the time has come to tell you.

They came from our new

secret base at Shangri-la... "

Well, my God, it's Captain Garth!

I was expecting some junior officer.

This is an unexpected honor!

Yeah, like hell it is, Joe!

Admiral Nimitz sent me over to...

- To chew my ass off, huh?

Dfficially, I'm supposed to question

your estimate of Japanese intentions.

Why so grim, Matt? Doolittle's attack

should've thrilled you CinCPAC people.

Not by a long shot.

That damn raid could boomerang on us.

We only got 4 carriers

in the Pacific. We need to rebuild.

Now the boss is afraid Yamamoto's

going to jump back at us. But where?

We got the latest intercepts here.

Here's a list of Japanese ships

we suspect will be assigned

to amphib operations south of Rabaul.

The Coral Sea! That's where

we think they'll strike next.

But something else is stirring,

something out our way.

We need facts, not guesswork.

Matt, we cracked Yamamoto's code,

but we can't just reel it off.

We get a flicker here

and a glimmer there.

How much can you decipher?

- Hell, 15, maybe...

Really decipher.

- Ten percent.

10 per... That's one word in 10.

For Christ's sake, you're guessing!

We like to call it "analysis".

Alright. What are these indications

that something's brewing out our way?

There's no hard clues yet.

- What do you have, Joe?

Increased radio traffic between

Yamamoto's commanders. - That's all?

Could be significant. At least

I feel that something's stirring.


I'll take that list of Jap ships

you "feel" are headed for Coral Sea.

Nimitz may send Fletcher's task force

to see what's going on.

We'll see how your 10-percent

guesswork pays off, huh?

As a back-room code-cracker

I thank you, Matt.

Joe, could I ask you

something very personal? - Certainly.

It really stinks down here.

How often do your people take a bath?

Bath? God, I don't know...

What day is it?

Forget it, Joe.

Any new Yamamoto intercepts?

Here's a first mention of "A-F",

whatever that means.





My God, Tom.

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Donald S. Sanford

Donald S. Sanford (March 17, 1918 – February 8, 2011) was an American television, radio and film screenwriter. Sanford was known for his work on numerous television series, as well as his role as the author of the screenplay for the 1976 World War II film Midway, starring Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda, which became a cult classic. more…

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