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Windtalkers

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Windtalkers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
134 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/14/02
performer:
Adam Beach, Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater, Roger Willie, Noah Emmerich, Frances O'Connor, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Stormare
director:
John Woo
distributor:
MGM
author:
Joe Batteer, John Rice
genre:
War, ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a B-

The U.S. government’s use of Navajos to transmit encrypted military information during WWII is the little-known history on which the film is based. But the real drama lies in director John Woo’s ongoing fascination with the ways in which relationships between men are reconfigured by chance and choice. Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater play Marines assigned to guard two ”code talkers” (Adam Beach and Roger Willie). Watch for the scene in which two men point guns at each other’s head: The gesture is code for ”John Woo was here.”