Windtalkers [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents a Lion Rock production, a John Woo film ; producers, John Woo, Terence Chang, Tracie Graham, Alison Rosenzweig ; writers, John Rice, Joe Batteer ; director, John Woo.
A battle-weary Marine is assigned to guard - and ultimately befriends - a young Navajo soldier who has been trained to be a code talker. This code, the Navajo code, and the men who knew the code, were to be guarded as they went into action. It was the unspoken duty of the Marine to kill the Navajo soldier before he could be taken prisoner of war by the Japanese. This is the one wartime code that was never broken by the enemy.
MPAA rating: R.
Optional dubbing or subtitles in French or Spanish.
Director of photography, Jeffrey Kimball ; editors, Steven Kemper, Jeff Gullo, Tom Rolf ; music composed & conducted by James Horner ; production designer, Holger Gross.
Nicholas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Van Holt, Martin Henderson, Roger Willie, Frances O'Connor, Christian Slater.
Consensus: The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.
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