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Windtalkers (2002)

18A | | Action, Drama, War | 14 June 2002 (USA)
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

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During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,520,412 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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$40,911,830 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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The Desert scene in the opening credits is Monument Valley, Utah used in movies such as Back to the Future Part III (1990), National Lampoons Vacation, and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994). See more »

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The support ship at Saipan is shown as the U.S.S. Colorado. The correct designation is "USS", an acronym, not an abbreviation. See more »

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Charlie Whitehorse: [in Navajo] I've never seen so many white men.
Ben Yahzee: Oh, they've never seen so many Navajos before.
Ben Yahzee: Enders, I can't find Whitehorse anywhere. Have you seen him?
Joe Enders: He's over there.
Ben Yahzee: [he sees his friend dead, blown up by a grenade with other Japanese soldiers] This was suppose to be a secured area, what happened?
Joe Enders: I killed him.
Ben Yahzee: You what?
Joe Enders: I took a grenade, threw it in there and blew him up.
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The most realistic war movie ever made
28 October 2006 | by (Lincoln, NE) – See all my reviews

I learned a lot about World War II from this film. First of all, during this war it was a custom of both the Japanese and Americans to scream every time you shoot or get shot (even with about 30 bullets in your chest you can still scream apparently). Secondly, Japanese soldiers do not like cover. They like to stay out in the open, and will not fire their rifles unless they're within 15 feet of American soldiers. Thirdly, one man with a Thompson sub-machine gun can take out an entire regiment of Japanese soldiers in an afternoon.

This film was completely first rate, start to finish. From the soldiers who flail about wildly as entire belts of machine gun ammo are pumped into them (before they drop to the ground mind you), to the 12 soldiers that Nicholas Cage shoots with a handgun while laying on his back wounded in the space of about 15 seconds, this film just screamed realism and authenticity. Highly recommended to history buffs and people who can appreciate some of the best acting ever put on film.


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