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Windtalkers (2002)

R | | Action, Drama, War | 14 June 2002 (USA)
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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America Has The Last Word. See more »

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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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Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$40,911,830 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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To add authenticity, MGM bought some genuine WWII-vintage radios from Samuel M. Hevener, a collector from Ohio. See more »

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Most of the movie's characters are at least 10 to 15 years older than real front-line Marines. See more »

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Private Ben Yahzee: Radio Man:
[to Private Ben Yahzee]
Private Ben Yahzee: Remember Marine, ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die. Semper Fi. Over
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Featured in The Code Talkers: A Secret Code of Honor (2003) See more »

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Voice of the Mountain
Written by Kaare Whitewind and Tom Bee
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More splatterfest than Friday the 13th
15 June 2002 | by (Arizona, CA) – See all my reviews

Let me be harsh here. I ponder what went wrong inside John Woo's head when he made this stinkbomb? Has he finally succumbed to the big dollars of Hollywood, so much that he has the nerve to make movies like M:I2? Although Windtalkers is nowhere as bad, nonetheless its still a shallow exercise in style. I sat down with a couple of friends, and throughout the movie we were bombarded with nothing but the sounds of guns, explosions, and flying corpses. Never once the movie made me feel the destructive power of mankind's stupidity. Even though some war movies depicts a lot of violence, movies like Saving Private Ryan was never gratituous. Windtalkers - or John Woo - is more in love with explosions, slo-mo gunfights and painfully cliched dialogues than its purported subject. At the end, I asked myself "Where on earth were those noble Navajo Indians???" Like many people, the "subject" of the story drew me into buying a ticket. On the big screen, the Native Americans have rarely been portrayed correctly (which also can be said to many minorities living in the states). So I thought everyone will finally get to see them being heroic and brave, and Windtalkers does that to an extent, but not nearly enough. Alas their presence and contributions here were so numbed down, and instead we get too much of Nick Cage's character, (whose job here is to sell movie tickets) looking like a madman spraying bullets to no end. Why can't we get Windtalkers starring a real Navajo Indian anyway? The entire movie feels like a false advertisement to me.


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