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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.

Director:

John Woo
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Joe Enders
Adam Beach ... Ben Yahzee
Peter Stormare ... Hjelmstad
Noah Emmerich ... Chick
Mark Ruffalo ... Pappas
Brian Van Holt ... Harrigan
Martin Henderson ... Nellie
Roger Willie ... Charlie Whitehorse
Frances O'Connor ... Rita
Christian Slater ... Ox Henderson
Jason Isaacs ... Major Mellitz
William Morts ... Fortino
Cameron Thor ... Mertens
Kevin Cooney ... Ear Doctor
Holmes Osborne ... Colonel Hollings
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 the character for which he had been cast. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the camera crane is visible at the beginning of the Marine friendly-fire sequence when Enders' squad is getting out of the truck. See more »

Quotes

Joe Enders: Stay on my ass!
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Alternate Versions

An extended directors cut is available on dvd and features about 22 minutes of new footage. These include several extended battle scenes as well as a few fully deleted scenes including an early scene of Joe recieving a medal for his work at the start of the film. There are also several new scenes near the start as well including a scene of Joe and Rita on the beach. This scene was included in the trailer for the film. Also a scene of all the marines taking pictures before shipping off to war. Also an extended scene of Yazee introducing himself to Joe and joe asks if he has seen any combat to which yazee replies "No, but i'm looking forward to getting into some." There were also several other smaller additions and alternate angles and shots used. See more »

Connections

References The Thin Red Line (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything Goes
Written by Ib Glindemann
Provided by APM
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User Reviews

Don't waste your time
14 July 2002 | by Siege84See all my reviews

Nothing against Navajo and there way of life but this movie just planed suck. This just adds to many of Cage's disappointing films. These movie really reminds me of The Thin Red Line. As you may or may not know this movie was based on the top secret language of the Navajo. The army used the Navajo language to transmit messages to other friendly people, without the Japanese knowing. Though it was obviously a war movie, and poor at that, I think Woo should have gone more in deep with the Navajo people and their way of life.We don't get to know the characters. The war scenes had a Arnold Swar.....(terminator), how ever you spell his name ,tune to it. "I'am (Cage)going to stand straight up and shoot a pistol at hundreds of Japanese soldiers, killing all of them, at the same time protect a Navajo man with no military training who doesn't use his language maybe but twice in the movie and not even get dirt in my eye, not to mention getting shot." It was way below realistic. If you want to know anything about the Navajo involvement in WWII, your better off reading a book because this movie is just a John Woo 'kill them all' movie."


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Japanese

Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wind Talkers See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,520,412, 16 June 2002

Gross USA:

$40,914,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,628,265
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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