Windtalkers

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In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) guards--and ultimately befriends--Ben Yahzee (Adam Beech), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret? John Woo directs this "exciting" (Premiere) "against all odds battle adventure" (The Toronto Star) written by John Rice and Joe Batteer and inspired by the true story of the Navajo soldiers whose courage and sacrifices helped win the war in the Pacific.

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Studio Sony
SKU 202242922
UPC 027616144003
UPC 14 00027616144003
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note WINDTALKERS begins quietly--with widescreen aerial shots of clouds that gradually clear to reveal the beautiful mesas of Monument Valley. A bus collects Navajo volunteers Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) and Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). It's 1943, and the U.S. has developed an indecipherable secret military code based on the Navajo language. Yahzee and Whitehorse are to be trained as code talkers.^Then John Woo's Pacific war film erupts into violence, with a savage battle that has one survivor, Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage). Badly wounded and feeling guilty at the loss of his companions, Joe recuperates in Hawaii where he is helped by a sympathetic nurse (Frances O'Connor). Joe disguises his hearing loss and he is promoted as Yahzee's battlefield bodyguard. Ordered to "protect the code at all times," Joe must prevent Yahzee from being captured. At first, Yahzee and Whitehorse, whose bodyguard is Ox Henderson (Christian Slater), are subjected to prejudice--particularly from Rogers (Noah Emmerich). But when the unit is shipped to Saipan, the Marines begin to appreciate the code talkers.^Director Woo has created a powerful drama. The visceral battle sequences are strikingly filmed and there is fine acting from Cage, Beach, Willie, Slater, Emmerich, and Frances O'Connor, who portrays the poignancy of love in uncertain times.
Reviews
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...There are plenty of intricately choreographed battle scenes in WINDTALKERS, but action meister Woo also finds the complicated humanity in this offbeat tale of American friendship and obsession..." 06/01/2002 p.36-8
Entertainment Weekly "...A fascinating Woo movie....WINDTALKERS is a fresh contribution to the cinematic literature of American WWII movies from a Chinese born-director with a flair for the imagery of spiritual battle..." 06/14/2002 p.65-6
Premiere "...What makes Woo such a fascinating director is his rock-solid conviction..." 07/01/2002 p.18
Los Angeles Times "...Woo approached the filming of the WINDTALKERS combat scenes with his usual gusto..." 06/14/2002 p.C2
USA Today "...Woo comes through with the voluminous action scenes fans have come to expect....WINDTALKERS is capably made and certainly impresses in carrying its length..." 06/14/2002 p.6E
Box Office "...The performances are perfectly palatable..." 07/01/2002 p.86
Sight and Sound "[N]ever less than heartfelt. The harrowing combat scenes sensibly eschew balletic beauty." 04/01/2006 p.92
Directors
John Woo
Actors
Nicolas Cage
Christian Slater
Adam Beach
Cast & Crew
Adam Beach - Actor
Arthur Anderson - Producer
Christian Slater - Actor
Holger Gross - Production Designer
James Horner - Original Music
Jeff Gullo - Editor
Jeffrey Kimball - Cinematographer
Joe Batteer - Writer
John Rice - Writer
John Woo - Producer
John Woo - Director
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Noah Emmerich - Actor
Peter Stormare - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 100080
UPC 00027616144003
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Features
Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Cage,Nicolas
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Woo is unquestionably a director of great talent and ability.
Lisa Stokes, Orlando Weekly ...celebrates the human spirit and packs an emotional wallop...
Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer ...a blend of masterful combat action and sentimental emotion...

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