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(2002)

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George Smith, one of the Navajo code talkers, who helped the U.S. military outfox the Japanese during World War II, by sending messages in their obscure language, has died, the President of the Navajo Nation said on November 2, 2012.
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Prior to filming, most of the principal cast joined a core group of sixty-two extras for boot camp, where they endured a week of rigorous military training as World War II Marines. The production received assistance from the Department of Defense, which made Kaneohe Marine Corps Base available for the actor's basic training. Under the tutelage of Sergeant Major James D. Dever (a retired twenty-five-year veteran of the Marine Corps) and his active-duty Marine instructors, the cast learned how to walk, talk, and think like Marines.
Weapons Coordinator Robert "Rock" Galotti amassed over five hundred vintage World War II-era firing weapons, and seven hundred rubber replica weapons for the film from private collectors and prop houses. Also featured moving across battlefields, are vintage Sherman tanks, their smaller Stuart brethren, and Japanese Hago tanks.
To add authenticity, MGM bought some genuine World War II-vintage radios from Samuel M. Hevener, a collector from Ohio.
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, for which he had been cast.
Roger Willie was originally hired as a dialect coach to the cast on the Navajo language. But his screentests were so good, they ended up casting him opposite Christian Slater.
Originally slated for a fall 2001 release, but pushed back several months, following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
When the film release was pushed back, many of the posters, cutouts, and promotional items sent to theatres were recalled. As such, they have become collector items, and fetch huge prices on auction sites like eBay.
The desert scene in the opening credits uses the same stock footage of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona as Back to the Future Part III (1990) and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994).
Naval Air Weapons Station, Point Mugu, was used to film the Camp Tarawa portion of the film, the Marines pre-battle embarkation point.
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Steve J. Termath was originally cast for the role of Private Nellie. However, the role went to Martin Henderson when Termath took a brief hiatus from acting for actual military service, enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserves.
The desert scene in the opening credits is Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona, used in movies such as Back to the Future Part III (1990), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994).
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Mikael Persbrandt auditioned for Peter Stormare's part.
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During the "blue bus" scene at the beginning, they originally had a person riding a horse around the trading post. But, somehow the horse got spooked, bucked off the rider, and ran around "frantic" around the set, crew, cast, extras, and cameras at Vasquez Rocks Park in Los Angeles county. They finally caught the horse, and it was cut out of the scene immediately.
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In the Camp Tarawa scene, while Ox Henderson (Christian Slater) is running with Joe Enders (Nicholas Cage), Ox tells Joe that people call him "Ox" because he is from Oxnard, California. This scene was filmed at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, which is just a few miles away from Oxnard, California.
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This movie was released on the same day as Scooby-Doo (2002), and The Bourne Identity (2002).
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Director Trademark 

John Woo: [Mexican Standoff]
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John Woo: [hospital]
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Sergeant Enders (Nicolas Cage) and Private Yahzee (Adam Beach) are doing their prisoner-of-war ruse, Enders surprises the Japanese soldiers with a gun taken from Yahzee's belt. An almost exact method was used by Christian Slater in Broken Arrow (1996), an earlier John Woo movie.

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