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At Theaters: 6/14/2002 On Video: 10/15/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 14 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429902
Studio: MGM Pictures
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On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions. In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code.
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Drama War - This is an action-heavy and extremely graphic war film that will satisfy action fans and even drama fans--that is, those who can take the brutal violence. Men, particularly younger ones, are the audience most likely to enjoy. Women with a taste for action and a tolerance for brutality will also enjoy. The film is far too intense and graphic for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nicolas Cage FAMILY MAN, THE, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
Adam Beach SMOKE SIGNALS
Peter Stormare FARGO, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
Noah Emmerich THE TRUMAN SHOW
Christian Slater 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, THE CONTENDER
Roger Willie Screen Debut
Director: John Woo MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
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The Story
The Characters
About The Production
The Navajo Code Talkers
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PROFANITY: 10 F-words, 12 GD's, 14 S-words, and fairly frequent use of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Many brutal sequences of wartime combat.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Numerous scenes of war combat.
COMEDY: Limited to the occasional one-liner.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "Woo restrains his cast, going for underplayed performances that step nimbly over the worst script landmines -- and stay out of the way of ''Windtalkers''' bigger, wordless ambitions.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Windtalkers is one of the least distinguished entries into the new genre of war movies. This film proves that more is needed than visceral displays of battle carnage, digitally amplified gunfire and explosions, and a camera that won't keep still. Woo is unquestionably a director of great talent and ability, but he went into this movie with too weak a script, and the result is little better than a mediocre and repetitive depiction of one offensive in the most important war of the last century.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "There is a way to make a good movie like "Windtalkers," and that's to go the indie route. A low-budget Sundance-style picture would focus on the Navajo characters, their personalities and issues. The moment you decide to make "Windtalkers" a big-budget action movie with a major star and lots of explosions, flying bodies and stunt men, you give up any possibility that it can succeed on a human scale. The Navajo code talkers have waited a long time to have their story told. Too bad it appears here merely as a gimmick in an action picture.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Windtalkers is capably made and certainly impresses by carrying its length, but it doesn't expand 60 years of World War II screen literature by very much...But this perfectly modulated subplot has surprising emotional depth despite its brevity, a promising sign in any action specialist's career.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 191 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
19
Very High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
12
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
26
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
28
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
51
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
55
High
96%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

It's somewhat unusual to see such a high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. This is what I would categorize as a GREAT MOVIE.

As is usual with war type movies, there are a fair number of somewhat low opinions. These are usually due to the strong content.

This is obviously a movie I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

If you enjoy intense war drama's and it doesn't bother you that they are very graphic and bloody, then I'm confident you will not be disappointed with "Windtalkers."

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific, taking over islands one by one in a slow progression towards mainland Japan. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions, dramatically slowing U.S. progress.

In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach)— a Navajo code talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he's to "protect the code at all costs." Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code? The Navajo code was the only one never broken by the Japanese, and is considered to have been key in winning the war.

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