History Film / Midway

4th Sep '16 6:02:51 PM YT45
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** "They [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[NotSoDifferent like samurai]], [[WorthyOpponent these Americans]]."

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** "They [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[NotSoDifferent like samurai]], [[WorthyOpponent these Americans]]."" According to eyewitnesses, [[TruthInTelevision Nagumo said those exact words about the men of Torpedo 8]], though unlike the movie, the real Admiral is said to have been [[ManlyTears moved to tears]] as he said them.
6th Dec '15 12:08:27 PM xxbiasonxxx
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* TheHeroDies: Matt Garth at the end, when his plane crashes.
26th Oct '15 12:43:32 PM Morgenthaler
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->'''''If you're looking for the defunct video game developer, see MidwayGames.'''''

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->'''''If you're looking for the defunct video game developer, see MidwayGames.Creator/MidwayGames.'''''
24th Oct '15 4:25:32 AM Isolder74
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* TheBigBoard: The commanders on both sides use these as they plan their moves and counter moves.
16th Oct '15 2:08:20 PM jamespolk
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A war film from 1976 about the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Midway. It was a grand production with such stars as Creator/CharltonHeston and Henry Fonda. It had two intertwining threads, one following the Battle itself and the other following the fictional American officer Captain Matt Garth whose son is a fighter pilot who is at this inconvenient time engaged with Haruko Sakura, a Nisei ("second generation," an American child of Japanese immigrants) girl.

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A war film from 1976 about the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Midway. It was a grand production with such stars as Creator/CharltonHeston and Henry Fonda.Creator/HenryFonda. It had two intertwining threads, one following the Battle itself and the other following the fictional American officer Captain Matt Garth whose son is a fighter pilot who is at this inconvenient time engaged with Haruko Sakura, a Nisei ("second generation," an American child of Japanese immigrants) girl.



* ActorAllusion: Halsey tells Nimitz, played by Henry Fonda, "You once told me, 'When you're in command... command!'". This is similar to Fonda's line in ''Film/FortApache'' to John Wayne, "When you command this regiment, and you probably will, command it!"



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt dies trying to land his plane after the final run against the last Japanese carrier. On the bright side, his son survived and it's implied he and his Japanese-American girlfriend will remain together]] As for the battle itself, America crushes the Japanese fleet essentially dooming their empire as they cannot replace their ships and crews as well as the Americans can.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt dies trying to land his plane after the final run against the last Japanese carrier. On the bright side, his son survived and it's implied he and his Japanese-American girlfriend will remain together]] together. As for the battle itself, America crushes the Japanese fleet essentially dooming their empire as they cannot replace their ships and crews as well as the Americans can.



* LeaveNoSurvivors: At one time Genda reports that Japanese fighters are "wave-hopping after the survivors." He says it so matter-of-factly that you [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar almost miss]] the fact that he takes it for granted that his men will be shooting men swimming in the water.
** He's really talking about shooting down surviving American torpedo planes flying at very low level, aka "wave-hopping".
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Lampshaded. An American pilot in VT-8 says that their commander, LtCdr John Waldron, has a better chance of finding enemy ships by virtue of having Sioux ancestors.

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* LeaveNoSurvivors: At one time Genda reports that Japanese fighters are "wave-hopping after the survivors." He says it so matter-of-factly that you [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar almost miss]] the fact that he takes it for granted that his men will be shooting men swimming in the water.
** He's really talking about shooting down surviving American torpedo planes flying at very low level, aka "wave-hopping".
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Lampshaded. An American pilot in VT-8 says that their commander, LtCdr Lt. Cdr. John Waldron, has a better chance of finding enemy ships by virtue of having Sioux ancestors.



* {{Mooks}}: Averted. Japanese sailors are just as human as Americans in the movie and the only difference is that they are more formal in conversation.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Harry, bigot and Captain Matt Garth's self made ''former'' friend, while not seen again after he reluctantly helps the Sakura family. He no doubt had this reaction upon [[spoiler: learning of Matt's death off screen]].



* StockFootage: Most of the combat footage you see is real, taken by Navy cameramen, but is actually footage from battles later in the Pacific War. Very little if any is actually from the Battle of Midway itself which took place in 1942. Most scenes depicting attacks on ships (both American and Japanese) are taken from 1944-45 Kamikaze attacks. One plane returning to the ''Yorktown'' that crash lands and falls apart is a famous 1944 carrier landing on the ''Essex''. They also reused a lot of footage from ''Film/ToraToraTora'' (which miffed the that film's director), as well as combat footage from war films by EijiTsuburaya such as ''Storm over the Pacific'' and ''Attack Squadron''.

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* StockFootage: Most of the combat footage you see is real, taken by Navy cameramen, but is actually footage from battles later in the Pacific War. Very little if any is actually from the Battle of Midway itself which took place in 1942. Most scenes depicting attacks on ships (both American and Japanese) are taken from 1944-45 Kamikaze attacks. One plane returning to the ''Yorktown'' that crash lands and falls apart is a famous 1944 carrier landing on the ''Essex''. They also reused a lot of footage from ''Film/ToraToraTora'' (which miffed the that film's director), as well as combat footage from war films by EijiTsuburaya Creator/EijiTsuburaya such as ''Storm over the Pacific'' and ''Attack Squadron''.



* YouAreInCommandNow: Halsey is ill and recommends Spruance for command of his part of the fleet. [[TruthInTelevision This really happened]].


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* YouAreInCommandNow: Halsey is ill and recommends Spruance for command of his part of the fleet. [[TruthInTelevision This really happened]].
27th Sep '15 12:18:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* ActorAllusion: Halsey tells Nimitz, played by Henry Fonda, "You once told me, 'When you're in command... command!'". This is similar to Fonda's line in ''FortApache'' to John Wayne, "When you command this regiment, and you probably will, command it!"

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* ActorAllusion: Halsey tells Nimitz, played by Henry Fonda, "You once told me, 'When you're in command... command!'". This is similar to Fonda's line in ''FortApache'' ''Film/FortApache'' to John Wayne, "When you command this regiment, and you probably will, command it!"
4th Sep '15 4:58:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Lots of the operating details as shown don't stand up (the Japanese planes were below decks, though fully fueled and the torpedo planes armed, when the Dive bombers caught them. Tone number 4 was late launching, but that was why it found the Yorktown (it was off its planned course, another float plane had flown by and missed the American ships completely). The Akagi attack was very nearly bungled (a grand total of 3 planes attacked Akagi, 1 hit and 2 damaging near misses, one close enough to jam the rudder). The Japanese were about half an hour from launching a strike, not 5 minutes, when they were hit. And let's just say Fuchida has been found to have been ''economical'' with the truth.



* HistoryMarchesOn: Lots of the operating details as shown don't stand up (the Japanese planes were below decks, though fully fueled and the torpedo planes armed, when the Dive bombers caught them. Tone number 4 was late launching, but that was why it found the Yorktown (it was off its planned course, another float plane had flown by and missed the American ships completely). The Akagi attack was very nearly bungled (a grand total of 3 planes attacked Akagi, 1 hit and 2 damaging near misses, one close enough to jam the rudder). The Japanese were about half an hour from launching a strike, not 5 minutes, when they were hit. And let's just say Fuchida has been found to have been ''economical'' with the truth.
24th Aug '15 6:49:01 AM RustyBill
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* HopelessWar: Adm. Yamaguchi: "Once, we filled the sky with our aircraft. Now we win or lose with six fighters and ten torpedo planes."
18th Jul '15 6:12:05 PM wittylibrarian
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* HeroicSacrifice: On both sides.
** It evens includes a ''ship'': the ''Yorktown'' takes a beating during the Japanese reprisal but stays afloat against all odds. On the following day, returning Japanese planes mistake it for an undamaged carrier and attack it, sparing the ''Enterprise'' and ''Hornet'' from serious damage.


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* MoodWhiplash: The Japanese go from being masters of the Pacific Ocean to having 3/4ths of its fleet sinking within half an hour.


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* ScottyTime: For the trap to work, the Americans need the ''Yorktown'' in working condition after Coral Sea. Problem: the ship is so damaged the engineers say it would take months to repair. Incredibly, they still get it in working condition within ''three days'' just in time for the battle, and its involvement proved critical. This is exactly what happened in RealLife.
18th Jul '15 5:56:15 PM wittylibrarian
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt dies trying to land his plane after the final run against the last Japanese carrier. On the bright side, his son survived and it's implied he and his Japanese-American girlfriend will remain together]] As for the battle itself, America crushes the Japanese fleet essentially dooming their empire as they cannot replace their ships and crews as well as the Americans can.


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* DecisiveBattle: What the Japanese want it to be: a massive gambit to draw out the U.S. Pacific fleet and demolish it once and for all. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Unfortunately for them]], it does become the decisive battle when the U.S. fleet demolishes theirs.


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