• Windtalkers (2002)


Release Date: June 14th, 2002

DVD Release Date: October 15th, 2002

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

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?

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Van Holt, Martin Henderson, Roger Willie

Director: John Woo

Genres: Historical drama , War

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Lion Rock Productions

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Gripping , Car , Rivalry , Melodramatic , Rescue , Quest , 1940s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's the best new battle film since "Black Hawk Down," a movie it surpasses in sheer feeling and bravura style, if not in nightmarish panic and suspense. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    While I don't always have the stomach for Woo's viscera or the heart for his pure, angelic heroes and impure, diabolical villains, I found myself responding to the context and subtext of Windtalkers while closing my eyes through what one might call its text. It's two-thirds of a great film. show more

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