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Windtalkers [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage|Adam Beach|Christian Slater|Peter Stormare
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDPX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
It could have been such a great movie. The story of code talkers AND of the terrible and tragic battle of Saipan in one movie - and they had Nicholas Cage, who, contrary to all his haters, is a good actor (remember a little movie called "Moonstruck"?). But the way this film was made... oh, brother... I couldn't believe it.

First, the director messed up a potentially passionate story by showing the recruitement, training and arrival of the Indian code talker to the front in possibly the dullest, colourless way possible. Expect a looooong introduction.

Then, Nicholas Cage character was made in a depressed, half suicidal idiot. Good grief, he plays a man with a mission here, an intelligence officer, charged to protect an invaluable asset (the Indian code talker) - there is no way that in time of war somebody so depressed and dejected could be assigned such a mission. Except in direst of circumstances - and to invade Saipan US Marines and US Army had lots of ressources, including good officers.

The fighting scenes on Saipan - they are exactly like in the worst Chuck Norris movies from the 80s. A short message to moviemakers in Hollywood: "Hello, guys, Spielberg with "Saving Private Ryan" and Ridley Scott with "Blackhawk Down" already revisited war movies - and the kind of cheap stuff we were OK with before, we, the viewers, we do not buy it anymore". I fully agree with some of the previous reviewers - in this film Japanese soldiers act like total morons, and they get killed by bushels from a single burst of machine gun. This is ridiculous. The fighting scenes on Solomon Islands in the opening scenes (featuring Nicholas Cage) are EVEN worse!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
after his heroics during the 'Solomon Island' campaign, 'Sergeant Joe Enders'
who had to recover from injuries sustained is determined to return to active
service, even persuading a nurse to help him fool the medics to do so.
the 'Japanese' have broken every code the U.S. military have used.
they come up with the idea of using the ancient 'Navajo' language needing
'Navajo' conscripts to use the code ........Wind-talking'
'Joe Enders' is assigned a Windtalker 'Private Ben Yahzee' with a mission of
keeping his charge safe and out of enemy hands at 'all costs' protecting the
The sergeant doesn't do friendship............until....
a terrific and well made war-drama..........realistic, action packed, inspired
by a true story.
there are always 'new films' to watch, '2013' is shaping up to be a great year
for new releases.
the slightly older 'Gems' tend to be pushed to the back of the shelf as new
films are collected.
I think we tend to forget just how good many of the 'let's say -a little older'
movies really are.
it's worth taking time out to, like I am trying to do, to revisit some of these,
it's easy to forget them with so many promising new releases.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
From mid-1942 to the end of the Pacific war, approximately 400 Navajo Indians served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units as "code talkers". Their job was to transmit military traffic by radio and telephone in their native language. It was a code the Japanese never cracked. This is the inner kernel of the script for WINDTALKERS.

Nicolas Cage plays Sgt. Joe Enders. He's already demonstrated his ability to follow orders. In the Solomon Islands campaign, his unit fought to the last man - Enders himself - to defend some piece of scummy swamp. After recovering from injuries, Joe is assigned as guardian to a newly enlisted Navajo, Pvt. Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), who's a rookie radioman in a Marine recon outfit that's part of the assault on Saipan. Joe's orders are to protect the Navajo code "at all costs", which means, in effect, that Enders must be ready to kill Yahzee rather than allow the latter to be captured by the enemy.

Director John Woo has buried the nugget of a pretty good story in so many dead bodies and special effects that it's virtually lost to view. Woo must have been trying to outdo WE WERE SOLDIERS and BLACK HAWK DOWN in body count. Even when the beleaguered Marines discover they're almost out of ammo, they still manage to mow down the onrushing Japanese in scores. Joe Enders himself, suffering the guilt and rage from being the only survivor of his former Solomon Islands unit, is a one man killing machine seemingly capable of storming Tokyo single-handed. The hapless Ben finds himself put in harm's way as he's forced to trail along after his minder and watch the carnage. The combat action isn't even always plausible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thomsen on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
In spite of much gunfire and dead soldiers, the movie is much better the second time. I first saw the beginning of this movie on German television. It caught my attention. Then I saw it on Danish, with danish subtitles. Then I saw it again the second time in full lenght, which helped a lot. - In fact it is so interesting, that I would buy "the Directors Cut" though I got it recorded from danish television.

It's important that one knows the purpose about the two Narvajo Indians Code "Windtalkers", which the Japanes of course cannot understand. That means than when the US-infantery has troubles conquering the Saipan Island (which should be used to B-52 Airplane, which can reach Tokyo from that Island), the Hangars are able to find the coordinate and destroy the Japanese positions.
If anyone should doubt that this movie is worth watching, I'll give it 5 stars (compared to the average of 3, which is nonsence).

There are some good scenes sometimes. Not so much when the war is going on, but more in the more quiet scenes between the battles. There are some fine details with an appearing map, so one can see where the battles are situated.

The point is, that the Navajo-code was the only code the Japanese could never broke.
The movie is very important historically/ WWII.
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