Windtalkers (Director's Cut)
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 30, 2007
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Christian Slater, Adam Beach & Nicolas Cage|
|Performer:||Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Van Holt, Roger Willie & Frances O'Connor|
|Directed by||John Woo|
|Edited by||Jeff Gullo|
|Screenwriting by||John Rice & Joe Batteer|
|Composition by||James Horner|
|Produced by||John Woo, Terence Chang, Tracie Graham & Alison Rosenzweig|
|Director of Photography:||Jeffrey L. Kimball|
|Executive Production by||C.O. Erickson|
Description by OLDIES.com:
DVD Features:Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.40
- 5.1 Surround - English
- Stereo Surround - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Subtitles - French - Optional
- Subtitles - Portuguese - Optional
- Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary - 1. John Woo, Terence Chang - Director, Producer
2. Nicholas Cage, Christian Slater - Stars
3. Roger Willie, Albert Smith - Star, Navaho Code Talker Advisor
- Bonus Featurette - 1. "The Code Talkers - A Secret Code of Honor"
2. "American Heroes - A Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers"
3. "The Music of WINDTALKERS"
- Bonus Footage - 1. Fly-on-the-Set Scene Diaries
2. Actor's Boot Camp
- Photo Gallery - 1. Behind-the-Scenes
Entertainment Weekly - 06/14/2002
Premiere - 07/01/2002
Los Angeles Times - 06/14/2002
USA Today - 06/14/2002
Box Office - 07/01/2002
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2006
WINDTALKERS begins quietly--with widescreen aerial shots of clouds that gradually clear to reveal the beautiful mesas of Monument Valley. A bus collects Navajo volunteers Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) and Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). It's 1943, and the U.S. has developed an indecipherable secret military code based on the Navajo language. Yahzee and Whitehorse are to be trained as code talkers.
Then John Woo's Pacific war film erupts into violence, with a savage battle that has one survivor, Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage). Badly wounded and feeling guilty at the loss of his companions, Joe recuperates in Hawaii where he is helped by a sympathetic nurse (Frances O'Connor). Joe disguises his hearing loss and he is promoted as Yahzee's battlefield bodyguard. Ordered to "protect the code at all times," Joe must prevent Yahzee from being captured. At first, Yahzee and Whitehorse, whose bodyguard is Ox Henderson (Christian Slater), are subjected to prejudice--particularly from Rogers (Noah Emmerich). But when the unit is shipped to Saipan, the Marines begin to appreciate the code talkers.
Director Woo has created a powerful drama. The visceral battle sequences are strikingly filmed and there is fine acting from Cage, Beach, Willie, Slater, Emmerich, and Frances O'Connor, who portrays the poignancy of love in uncertain times.