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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
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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 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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Taglines:

The Navajo Has the Code. Protect the Code at All Costs. 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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM | Official site [South Korea]

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,914,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,628,265
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The village of Tanapag, Saipan is very close to the sea, well in visual range. Yet, the sea is not visible during the scenes set in Tanapag. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in DVD-R Hell: The Day the Clown Cried (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

IÄ 'OE E KA LÄ
Traditional
Performed by Kunewa Mook and Hula Hälau 'O Kamuela
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Cheesy and dull.
23 November 2008 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie on theaters because it had a high and intense publicity campaign here in México.

I was skeptical towards the plot and most importantly, the action sequences. I can't remember why I accepted to watch it.

The plot was ridiculously cheesy and tried to display how good, brave, and good intentioned were the characters.

Nicolas Cage is superb as always; his presence alone has a positive impact on the audience. The rest of the cast was not well chosen in my opinion.

I didn't care for any of them or their "problems".

The action sequences were dull, wooden, and even crappy. This movie tried to steal the thunder of the same year's "Black Hawk Down".

My advice is: stay away from this mindless, completely gray movie.


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