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Windtalkers (2002)

R | | Action, Drama, War | 14 June 2002 (USA)
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Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Enders
... Ben Yahzee
... Hjelmstad
... Chick
... Pappas
... Harrigan
... Nellie
... Charlie Whitehorse
... Rita
... Ox Henderson
... Major Mellitz
... Fortino
Cameron Thor ... Mertens
... Ear Doctor
... Colonel Hollings
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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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Honor Was Their Code. 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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MGM | Official site [South Korea]

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14 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Wind Talkers  »

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Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,520,412, 16 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,914,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,628,265
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2.39 : 1
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This movie was released on the same day as Scooby-Doo (2002), and The Bourne Identity (2002). See more »

Goofs

When PVT Yahzee is pretending to be a Japanese soldier to get to the radio, he has the gun in the sergeant's back in the close-up, but in the long shot it is pointed up and to his left. See more »

Quotes

Ben Yahzee: I'm Ben Yahzee, I guess the corps paired us up, may I join you?
Joe Enders: You're blocking my view.
Ben Yahzee: Sorry.
[about the food]
Ben Yahzee: What do they call this crap anyway?
Joe Enders: Marines call it chow.
Ben Yahzee: Well there is a propaganda effort there.
Ben Yahzee: [he accidentally knocks over his cup of coffee] Shit, sorry, you could have mine.
[he then accidentally spills the coffe all over his food]
Joe Enders: What did you say your name was again?
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The Marine's Hymn
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Sung at the embarkation party
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Another Decent Modern-Day WWII Movie
15 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's nice to see World War II films making a comeback, as they have seemed to do since the arrival of "Saving Private Ryan" in 1997. This is another of them and with modern technology the viewers get to experience some very realistic action scenes. The main thing is that the story is interesting.

With a John Woo-directed film, you know are going to get tons of action, almost always too much, and that's the case here. However, some of the scenes are fantastic. You also get some beautiful cinematography.

Still on the positive, the acting was good in here with Nicholas Cage in the lead role and a lesser-name-but-good supporting cast. The story, although fairly long at 134 minutes, was never boring.

On the negative side, as mentioned, Woo tends to overkill and this movie must have a set record for number of people killed. It also leans on the politically correct side, of course, with Native American spirituality given complete reverence as usual and the Catholic (Cage) looking like a very weak in his beliefs. In modern-days, you'll never see the opposite shown on film.

Anyway, it's a good action movie that certainly entertains. The intense and long action makes it almost too much to watch in one viewing!


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