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Attached are the Director of Naval History comments on the movie--scene by scene. It is a long read because the comments are on the director's cut, the rough cut, and the script in that order. His opening line: "The recent Midway movie was a commercial success, and for the first time in decades a sizable number of the American public had the rare opportunity to view a mostly-accurate movie about real U.S. Navy heroes instead of comic book heroes, and for that reason alone I believe the movie producers did a great public service." I learned a lot from the Admiral's criticisms, and like many of you, I have read a number of books that covered Midway, including SHATTERED SWORD.

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Yeah I have been waiting on Amazon to rent it for a day and watch it some Saturday, don't want to purchase it. I have heard good things about it, the best comment I seen on the movie was that where 1976 Midway was a high level look at the operation the new Midway is more of a sailor/airman view of the battle.
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where 1976 Midway was a high level look at the operation

At the time of the 1976 movie, the California (mostly) mistreatment of the Japanese-Americans living there was something of a cause celebre in the American press so the movie added in a totally irrelevant love triangle involving a Nisei woman, a USN fighter pilot and his father a senior USN CINCPAC staff officer who thinks his son should not be getting involved with a Nise1.

In addition the movie pretty much swallows whole Lcdr Fujita Mitsuo's version of events as published in " Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan" which had the IJN within seconds of launching an overwhelming strike against the USN carriers (and tends to excuse any failings in IJN decision making).

The biggest failing in the 2019 movie was the complete omission of any participation in the battle by any USN/USMC fighters. According to "Shattered Sword" just as the dive bombers showed up 1/2 of the Japanese combat air patrol was fighting with 6 Yorktown fighters that were supporting the attack of Yorktown's Torpedo 3. Combined with the attack of Torpedo 3 all of the Japanese CAP was fighting at low altitude when the dive bombers showed up at high altitude.

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I watched the recent movie Midway and while I appreciate attempts to portray the battle in a more than superficial way, I found the visuals to be rather cartoonish, couldn't suspend my disbelief at times. In some ways, the 1976 Midway felt more real to me, and we all know the warts that movie had. The dialogue was corny at time, but let's be honest the budget for this film meant is was gonna be somewhere in the range between a B list and A list movie.

Another movie I watched recently which, for the most part, was a bit of a wacky film but nonetheless had an amazing opening sequence was the Japanese film Archimedes no Taisen, or the Great War of Archimedes. The movie is about the building of the BB Yamamoto and a conspiracy surrounding it, which is largely theatrical in nature. The opening sequence though is that of Operation Tengo where Yamato was sunk on its suicide mission towards Okinawa. Honestly, if no other part of the movie was good, that opening was worth the whole thing. I recommend you all watch that film when it gets English subtitles for that scene alone. It's probably a 10 minute sequence.
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Very interesting, thanks!
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ORIGINAL: spence
where 1976 Midway was a high level look at the operation

At the time of the 1976 movie, the California (mostly) mistreatment of the Japanese-Americans living there was something of a cause celebre in the American press so the movie added in a totally irrelevant love triangle involving a Nisei woman, a USN fighter pilot and his father a senior USN CINCPAC staff officer who thinks his son should not be getting involved with a Nise1.

In addition the movie pretty much swallows whole Lcdr Fujita Mitsuo's version of events as published in " Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan" which had the IJN within seconds of launching an overwhelming strike against the USN carriers (and tends to excuse any failings in IJN decision making).

The biggest failing in the 2019 movie was the complete omission of any participation in the battle by any USN/USMC fighters. According to "Shattered Sword" just as the dive bombers showed up 1/2 of the Japanese combat air patrol was fighting with 6 Yorktown fighters that were supporting the attack of Yorktown's Torpedo 3. Combined with the attack of Torpedo 3 all of the Japanese CAP was fighting at low altitude when the dive bombers showed up at high altitude.

Interesting, I forgot the love triangle issue in the original Midway, useless fluff. Been a long time since i have watched it. I didn't know they didn't show the fighters especially the fighters from Midway itself. Granted I have not seen the movie yet.
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Both movies have "historical accuracy flaws" to major and minor degrees.

Having said that - gotten that out of the way.

Personally I give credit to the 1976 movie for vastly portraying the 'uncertainty' better. Simply despite the code breaking there was a lot of uncertainty. The Japanese had earned a very formidable reputation by the time of Midway and Nimitz's decision making was courageous. The earlier movie portrays this 'uncertainty' well and better in my humble opinion.

(HYPO vs Washington, the actual conjecture in code breaking, the water distiller 'en-clare message' etc.

The 2019 movies is more 'Dick Best' or hero focused from the cast of stars. However from the get go it seems to portray an inevitable IJN defeat based upon the attitude of the main characters.

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I didn't know they didn't show the fighters especially the fighters from Midway itself

The Midway fighters, mostly Buffaloes (IIRC, 21 Buffs, 7 Wildcats), were all held back to defend the island, they were handled 'roughly' by the Japanese. Midway's bombers all flew sans escorts.
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Watched it this morning, good movie not over dramatic and seemed realistic. What those men did at Midway was incredible, those poor Devastator pilots never had a chance what bravery.

I don't think I seen one US fighter at all, lacking in a bit of knowledge about the battle on operational level did all the bombers go without escort? Was there some idea SBD 2s could fight their way in? I know the SBD was used for CAP and shot down bombers on more than one occasion.

Only thing I felt cheated on was they didn't portray the counter attack on the US carrier group. Which would have been where the US Fighters were on CAP I assume but didn't stop them.

Over all good movie great actors, Quaid as Halsey was spot on. Would recommend to people.
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Were those B26 Marauders bombing?
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They were Marauders. There were Wildcats escorting (in reality, not the movie). The SBD attacks looked a bit too much like they were trying to remake Star Wars. Too crowded.

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The 2019 movie sorta combined the attacks by Midway's B26s and B17s. In reality the B26s were jury rigged to carry 1 torpedo each and attacked at low altitude and the B17s attacked with bombs fr0m high altitude. Several famous pictures of their misses at Midway exist.

The Enterprise dive bombers were launched with fighter cover but the fighters got separated and actually followed Hornet's Torpedo 8 to the Japanese fleet. Since they were 15000 feet or so above Torpedo 8 Torpedo 8 disappeared and attacked beneath the cloud layer. The 10 fighters of Fighting 6 never heard Torpedo 8 on their radios and after a while returned to their carrier as they were low on fuel.

The only strike that had actual fighter cover was the Yorktown's strike which arrived all together with Torpedo 3, Bombing 3 and six F4Fs that covered Torpedo 3's attack on Hiryu. The Japanese CAP engaged the torpedo bombers and pretty much ignored the dive bombers of Bombing 3 (which blasted Soryu). The 6 F4Fs attracted about half of the Japanese CAP onto themselves and devised the so-called Thach Weave ad hoc during this fight (they were commanded by Lcdr J Thach). The F4Fs lost one of their number but shot down 5 or so Zeroes. Unfortunately they could not keep the other half of the Japanese CAP from savaging the torpedo bombers. Coincidentally the Enterprise dive bombers showed up at the same time as Yorktown's strike.

Hornets strike of dive bombers and fighters missed the show all together and most of the fighters had to ditch due to lack of fuel.
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I haven't seen the movie, but my 25-year-old son saw it last week. He doesn't know enough WWII history to realize (or really, to care) that the movie does or doesn't portray the role of the Navy fighters correctly or which class of bombers did what. That didn't matter to him. What mattered was that, in his word, the CGI was awful. He says the movie is a major dud.
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I haven't seen the movie, but my 25-year-old son saw it last week. He doesn't know enough WWII history to realize (or really, to care) that the movie does or doesn't portray the role of the Navy fighters correctly or which class of bombers did what. That didn't matter to him. What mattered was that, in his word, the CGI was awful. He says the movie is a major dud.

Given that I am closer in age to your son (hey, I'm 30!) and at the risk of sounding like one of those simpletons that just cares about "purty things" and graphics, I will have to agree with your son. The atrocious quality of the CGI very much distracted me from the other parts of the movie. At times, it felt like a B-list movie, though one with a big budget. This is why I said that even with all its historical warts I somewhat preferred the '76 movie: I wasn't constantly distracted by obviously fake visuals.
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Cut scenes from "Tora, Tora, Tora", F6Fs and simulated A6M2s launching from Essex class carriers, no attacks by any Midway bombers, totally fluff Nisei love story and the "the only reason you guys won was you were lucky" storyboard by Fuchida Mitsuo might be considered historical warts by some.
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I would say that they used what they had. Since no Japanese carriers survived the Midway battle, they could not use those carriers.
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Were those B26 Marauders bombing?

Midway launched its bombers when the incoming raid was detected. IIRC it consisted of, 6-TBF's, 4-B26's, and the rest I forget. They did launch a number of B-17's as well.
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There were Wildcats escorting

Not from Midway.
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I haven't seen the movie, but my 25-year-old son saw it last week. He doesn't know enough WWII history to realize (or really, to care) that the movie does or doesn't portray the role of the Navy fighters correctly or which class of bombers did what. That didn't matter to him. What mattered was that, in his word, the CGI was awful. He says the movie is a major dud.

Ah, what does he know?[:D] And get off my lawn!!!
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I haven't seen the movie, but my 25-year-old son saw it last week. He doesn't know enough WWII history to realize (or really, to care) that the movie does or doesn't portray the role of the Navy fighters correctly or which class of bombers did what. That didn't matter to him. What mattered was that, in his word, the CGI was awful. He says the movie is a major dud.

Given that I am closer in age to your son (hey, I'm 30!) and at the risk of sounding like one of those simpletons that just cares about "purty things" and graphics, I will have to agree with your son. The atrocious quality of the CGI very much distracted me from the other parts of the movie. At times, it felt like a B-list movie, though one with a big budget. This is why I said that even with all its historical warts I somewhat preferred the '76 movie: I wasn't constantly distracted by obviously fake visuals.

Uh, another one.[:D] You too, get off my lawn.[:'(]


Seriously though, you think that with all the money they spend on these things the could come up with good graphics.
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