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Windtalkers (2002)

Director: John Woo     Starring: Nicolas Cage Christian Slater Adam Beach
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202242922
UPC: 027616144003
UPC 14: 00027616144003
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release  World War II
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Woo is unquestionably a director of great talent and ability.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"...celebrates the human spirit and packs an emotional wallop...  Lisa Stokes, Orlando Weekly
"...a blend of masterful combat action and sentimental emotion...  Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Editor's 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.


Video Features Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/6/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 100080
Video UPC UPC: 00027616144003
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam Beach
Video Cast Info Christian Slater
Video Cast Info Mark Ruffalo
Video Cast Info Nicolas Cage
Video Cast Info Noah Emmerich
Video Cast Info Peter Stormare
Video Cast Info Arthur Anderson - Producer
Video Cast Info Holger Gross - Production Designer
Video Cast Info James Horner - Original Music
Video Cast Info Jeff Gullo - Editor
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Kimball - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joe Batteer - Writer
Video Cast Info John Rice - Writer
Video Cast Info John Woo - Producer
Video Cast Info John Woo - Director

Professional 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

"...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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cage,Nicolas
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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