Windtalkers

Windtalkers

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Director: John Woo

Cast: John Woo, Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare

     
 

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Loosely based on a real-life operation during World War II, this action-adventure from director John Woo stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Enders, a Marine traumatized by the loss of his entire platoon in the Solomon Islands during an ambush he believes was deadlier than necessary due to his indecision. Suffering from eardrum damage in Hawaii, Joe manages to be declared fit

Overview

Loosely based on a real-life operation during World War II, this action-adventure from director John Woo stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Enders, a Marine traumatized by the loss of his entire platoon in the Solomon Islands during an ambush he believes was deadlier than necessary due to his indecision. Suffering from eardrum damage in Hawaii, Joe manages to be declared fit for duty once again thanks to a sympathetic nurse (Frances O'Connor), but his new assignment isn't what he expects. Joe is ordered to safeguard a Navajo soldier named Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) because the military has developed a new secret code based on the near-dead Navajo language that is proving unbreakable to the Japanese. Any soldier that speaks Navajo is an immediate asset, including Ben and his pal, Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). Joe's orders are to "baby sit" Ben during the invasion of Saipan, protecting him if possible, but -- if the code-talker's capture becomes imminent -- to kill him before he falls into enemy hands. Meanwhile, Charlie is to be guarded by affable harmonica player Ox Henderson (Christian Slater). Joe reluctantly accepts this new duty as a way to get back into the war, and in the ensuing carnage, his nearly suicidal acts of bravery make him a hero while Ben becomes paralyzed by fear. Determined to live up to Joe's example, Ben musters up his courage, even in the face of racism from a fellow soldier (Noah Emmerich), and ends up rescuing his own protector behind enemy lines by briefly posing as a Japanese soldier. Despite their growing mutual respect, Joe is eventually forced to take an action that threatens to shatter his bond with Ben, as the war's tragic losses strike closer to home for both men. Windtalkers co-stars Peter Stormare, Jason Isaacs, and Mark Ruffalo.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director John Woo and leading man Nicolas Cage, who previously collaborated on 1997’s Face/Off, reunite for this unusually tense, engrossing, character-driven World War II drama. It revolves around a little-known facet of WWII history: the use of Native American radio operators known as "code talkers," whose Navajo language was indecipherable to Japanese soldiers listening to the transmissions. Cage portrays Joe Enders, a shell-shocked officer detailed to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), his unit's code talker. If the enemy captures Yahzee, he could be forced to decode American radio messages and thereby impede the entire Pacific campaign. Christian Slater delivers a fine, understated performance as a fellow officer with a similar assignment, and character actors Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, and Mark Ruffalo lend able support. Woo’s elaborate battle scenes are graphic, much in the manner of Saving Private Ryan, but the violence isn’t gratuitous; war is definitely not glorified, and the inescapable jingoism is held to a minimum. Instead, the director emphasizes the uneasy relationship between the self-assured, friendly Navaho and the war-weary officer who realizes he might be forced to kill his charge to prevent his capture by the Japanese. The key to Windtalkers’ success is Cage, who keeps his flamboyant urges in check and imbues his tormented character with dignity.
New York Observer
It's like the first 25 minutes of Saving Private Ryan stretched over two hours. I liked it a lot, but the weak and the skittish are hereby warned. Rex Reed

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
UPC:
0027616063380
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
28,269

Special Features

1080p HD Resolution provides dazzling, unparalleled picture quality.; Lossless Audio delivers the purest digital sound available.; Smart Menu Technology floats on-screen during palyback so you never leave the film.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Joe Enders
Adam Beach Ben Yahzee
Peter Stormare Hjelmstad
Noah Emmerich Chick
Mark Ruffalo Pappas
Christian Slater Ox Henderson
Brian Van Holt Harrington
Martin Henderson Nellie
Frances O'Connor Rita
Roger Willie Charlie Whitehorse
Jason Isaacs Major Mellitz
Emily Mortimer Actor

Technical Credits
John Woo Director,Producer
Arthur Anderson Asst. Director,Co-producer
Joe Batteer Screenwriter
Bryan Bowen Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Chang Producer
Cinesite Animator
Boy Wonder Visual Effects Animator
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Tracie Graham-Rice Producer
Holger Gross Production Designer
Jeff Gullo Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Kevin Ishioka Art Director
Steven Kemper Editor
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Caroline Macaulay Co-producer
Mindy Marin Casting
John Rice Screenwriter
Tom Rolf Editor
Alison Rosenzweig Producer
Nick Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Tanis Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Traxler Associate Producer
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Windtalkers
1. Main Title/Credits
2. "Solomon Islands - 1943"'
3. U.S. Naval Hospital
4. "Protect the Code"
5. Chitchat & Chow
6. Gambling Away Time
7. Marine Pep Talk
8. "To War"
9. Saipan - June 16, 1944
10. Battle Crazy
11. Decoding Coordinates
12. "Windtalkers"
13. Savage Prejudice
14. Ghostly Duo
15. "Dear Joe"
16. Under Friendly Fire
17. Disguised As the Enemy
18. Medal of Honor
19. Out of Balance
20. Pain Killers
21. "A Soldier of Christ"
22. "I Want Out"
23. Sudden Ambush
24. Senseless Death
25. Mourning a Loss
26. Caught in a Minefield
27. Some Don't Make It
28. Calling for Flyboys
29. "No One Else Is Dying"
30. A Hero in Battle
31. Remembering a Warrior
32. End Credits

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Windtalkers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great. Finally, a new-age war movie about the Marines in the Pacific and the story behind the Navajo code talkers. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Movie really has little to do with advertised plot line of Navaho Code Talkers, but centers around Nicholas Cage as troubled veteran. After watching realistic ''Saving Private Ryan, battle scenes in this movie look more comparable to an Arnold Schwarzenegger flick - everyone dies with one shot or in a flamey explosion. Some good cinematography, but plot is thin and military veterans will find it wanting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this film. Nicolas Cage is a wonderful actor and does a great job with this script. I wouldn't watch it over and over but it was a good evening's entertainment with an interesting story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam is great in this story about unsung heros of WWII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Woo did a great job with this film. Not to mention all of the good actors. A great movie, it deserves high honors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this movie because of how they overdid it. Lots of mistakes were made. like the grenades. grenades don't carry those huge explosoin flames that would take out a whole house. and they rapidly changed the explosion of the grenades. and they rarely reloaded, which really made me mad.lets get to the landmines, I thought they exploded if you release your weight off them. but then again this I might be wrong with because I really don't know much about landmines. and the scene where a man fell on the landmine, wouldn't that blow him to shreds or peices? but instead he flew into the air without a scratch. and the part where the marine tried carrying the little girl, he didn't do anything but stand up and look around while he was being shot at, you might think he was in a panic postion but he's had experience. but as much errors that this film had it managed to entertain me quite some bit. so I would recommend it if you've got nothing better to watch. so overall it is overdone with cheesey effects, but still manages to bring good action and entertainment to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE WAS OF 'B' QUALITY- OH NICK, WHY DID YOU AGREE TO THIS ROLE. AND THE INDIANS WERE PORTRAYED AS STUPID. THE 'SPECIAL EFFECTS' WERE LOW BUDGET. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing war movie with amazing effects and it kept me gripping my seat till the end. Nicholas Cage did a great job for this movie. I really like the story too. John Woo is a very talanted director. I would give this best picture except it was made in the year that The Two Towers and The Pianist came out which were my top 2 fovorites for the year. Still this was a very good war movie. Two Thumbs Up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Film was way overblown and amounted to false advertising when you get down to it. I didn't see much of anything to do with the Native American code talkers, whose heritage was supposed to be explored in this film not the exploits of egomaniac Nichlas Cage, who is a terrible actor anyway. The war scenes was a mess also, nothing was good period.
B-RAD95 More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing! It really shows the hard times people went through during the war and the dangers they faced. It shows how brothers in arms can overcome differences in these situations, and example is Whitehorse and Chick. Oh and to the person below, it did talk about the native's culture, an example for this was at the end during the ceremony, or when Ben and Chick were talking about natives and settlers fighting. And to all who say it was overdone and cheesy, guess again! Try talking to people who have been there and also seen the movie, they say that's what its like, so you may want to do some research.
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