MGM Studios / Lion Rock Productions Released 2002




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Movie Summary

John Woo

Windtalkers tells the story of the message coding system used during the war, based on the Navajo language. After suffering serious injuries during the combat against the Japanese Army on Solomon Island, Cpl. Joe Enders is sent back home and receives the Purple Heart medal. After his recovery, to get back to work, he needs to take an audition test, which he passes thanks to the help of pharmacist Rita. Then he ascends to the rank of Sergeant, and he is sent to the battlefield again to carry out a new assignment. On this mission, Sergeants Enders and Ox Anderson are assigned to protect Pvt. Ben Yahzee and Pvt. Charlie Whitehorse, two expert Navajo code breakers. Yahzee and Whitehorse's duty was to encrypt the messages between the Marines on the battlefield and the bombing squad, to conduct attacks on enemy fields during the attack on Saipan.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    We can only view Windtalkers with the same shaken detachment that characterizes Mr. Cage's Joe Enders, wishing that the codetalkers' real story, a little known and fascinating chun...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Not all it might have been, an oddly old-fashioned film from a director who's usually anything but.

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Sergeant Joe Enders

Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Private Ben Yahzee

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Private Pappas

Christian Slater

Christian Slater

Sgt. Pete 'Ox' Anderson

Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare

Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (4)

    • Production Budget - $115,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $40,914,068 (61st)
      Worldwide Gross - $77,628,265 (59th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $57,462,787
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $109,026,961

    • Filming locations:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Dillingham Estate, Mokulë`ia, O'ahu, Hawaii
      Hawaii, USA
      Kualoa Ranch, Ka`a`awa, O'ahu, Hawaii
      Los Angeles, California
      Monument Valley, Utah
      O'ahu, Hawaii
      Polsa Rosa Ranch, Acton, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Honor Was Their Code.
      2. From The Director Of "M:I-2"
      3. America Has The Last Word.
      4. The Navajo Has the Code. Protect the Code at All Costs.

    • Music:
      Little Jug
      Written by Ib Glindemann
      Everything Goes
      Written by Ib Glindemann
      Voice of the Mountain
      Written by Kaare Whitewind and Tom Bee
      What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?
      The Marine's Hymn
      Music by Jacques Offenbach
      Sung at the embarkation party
      IÄ 'OE E KA LÄ
      Performed by Kunewa Mook and Hula Hälau 'O Kamuela


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Military & War, Historical