The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
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
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. See more »
The Saipan landings did not start in a large valley as in the film. See more »
I'm Ben Yahzee, I guess the corps paired us up, may I join you?
You're blocking my view.
[about the food]
What do they call this crap anyway?
Marines call it chow.
Well there is a propaganda effort there.
[he accidentally knocks over his cup of coffee]
Shit, sorry, you could have mine.
[he then accidentally spills the coffe all over his food]
What did you say your name was again?
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I thought this was a film about Navajo code talkers. Well, it's not. While there are a couple of Navajos in the film, the story revolves around Nicolas Cage winning WWII all by himself. This guy's incredible and makes John Wayne look like a wimp. Every time the Marines are in trouble, up jumps good old Nicolas Cage with his Thompson and POOF! the battle is WON! I wonder how we won WWII without Nicolas Cage? The film has a LOT of combat footage and most of that is very well done. That alone is worth a watch but don't expect to learn much of anything about the Navajo code talkers. You should read about them, because theirs was an important part of history, but they're a minor part in this film. I gave it a 6, only because of the good combat footage.
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