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Windtalkers (2002)

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Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.


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During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. Written by

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for pervasive graphic war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA)  »

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,520,412 (USA) (14 June 2002)


$368,655 (Brazil) (1 November 2002)

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Nicolas Cage actually learned to speak Najavo fluently for his part despite the fact that his character in the film does not. Cage later said that he did it to better understand the script but John Woo maintained that Cage had misunderstood which character he had been cast in. See more »


In the final combat, just after the Japanese uncover their guns, one of them take a shot but the recoil is a good half second too late. See more »


Ben Yahzee: He wondered about cowboys watching Indians' backs. Something about it didn't seem right.
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26 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a film about Navajo code talkers. Well, it's not. While there are a couple of Navajos in the film, the story revolves around Nicolas Cage winning WWII all by himself. This guy's incredible and makes John Wayne look like a wimp. Every time the Marines are in trouble, up jumps good old Nicolas Cage with his Thompson and POOF! the battle is WON! I wonder how we won WWII without Nicolas Cage? The film has a LOT of combat footage and most of that is very well done. That alone is worth a watch but don't expect to learn much of anything about the Navajo code talkers. You should read about them, because theirs was an important part of history, but they're a minor part in this film. I gave it a 6, only because of the good combat footage.

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