The producers of Tora Tora Tora got dinged because their depiction of the Pearl Harbor attack was a box office flop. They must've decided it was because there was no love story. So, they took the standard Hollywood approach to Midway (kind of "Pearl Harbor"-Lite), and, because there were plenty of outtakes from Tora, they could slip a lot of aerial action in on the cheap. Cheaper still, what they didn't have from Tora, they made up, using archival stock footage of just about every navy aircraft that ever flew in WWII and a few that didn't (the producers must've figured "if that plane is painted blue we'll use it--nobody'll know the difference"). Now, Midway was in June, 1942, but the movie mixes and matches films from Tora with footage from '44, '45, Kamikazes (which didn't first appear until almost 2 and a half years after Midway) and even postwar. I was in my teens when I first saw this movie with all the sensurround; even back then I cringed at its cheesiness and groaned on seeing Okinawa-era Corsairs and Hellcats. If I had to describe this movie to someone who's never seen it in one sentence, it would be: "Charleton Heston starts rolling down the deck on his final mission in an F6F, becomes airborne in a TBF, flies toward the enemy carrier in a Vaught Vindicator, drops his bombs from BOTH an SBD and an SB2C (hmmm, musical dive bombers), and crashes in flaming glory back on his carrier in an F9F Panther." That says it all for me about this clunker--a real embarassment for any aviation or history buff.