MGM Studios / Lion Rock Productions Released 2002



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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

    Martin Henderson

    Martin Henderson

    Private Nellie


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      • 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