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Windtalkers
- Nicolas Cage

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Cast List

Tracie Graham - Producer, WINDTALKERS (2001)
Terence Chang - Producer
Nicolas Cage - American Actor
Nicholas Coppola - American Actor
Nicolas Coppola - American Actor
Noah Emmerich - Actor, THE TRUMAN SHOW
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Alison Rosenzweig - Producer, WINDTALKERS (2001)
James Horner - Composer, COMMANDO (1985)
Holger Gross - Production Designer, SCARY MOVIE 4 (2006)
Christian Slater - American actor: TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
Frances O'Connor - Actress
Brian Van Holt - Actor
Joe Batteer - Screenwriter, WINDTALKERS (2001)
John Woo - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Yusen Wu - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Wu Yusen - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Ng Yu Chen - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Chen Ng Yu - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Wu Hsiang-fei - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Hsiang-fei Wu - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Yu-Sam Ng - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Ng Yu-Sam - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
John Wu - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Yu-Sheng Wu - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Wu Yu-Sheng - Hong Kong Director, A BETTER TOMORROW
Adam Beach - Actor, DANCE ME OUTSIDE
Peter Stormare - Swedish Supporting Actor
Jeff Gullo - Editor, WINDTALKERS (2002)
C.O. Erickson
Jeffrey L. Kimball - Director of Photography
Roger Willie - Actor, WINDTALKERS (2001)
John Rice - Screenwriter, WINDTALKERS (2001)
Nick Scarano - Costume Designer, WINDTALKERS (2002)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 153
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616144003
  • Genre: War/Military
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (pervasive graphic war violence, and language)
  • Release Date: March 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
World War II
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Reviews:
"...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 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.36-8


"...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 Entertainment Weekly, p.65-6


"...What makes Woo such a fascinating director is his rock-solid conviction..." - 07/01/2002 Premiere, p.18


"...Woo approached the filming of the WINDTALKERS combat scenes with his usual gusto..." - 06/14/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C2


"...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 USA Today, p.6E


"...The performances are perfectly palatable..." - 07/01/2002 Box Office, p.86


"[N]ever less than heartfelt. The harrowing combat scenes sensibly eschew balletic beauty." - 04/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.92

 
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