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Windtalkers

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6.12 h 14 min2002X-Ray15
In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Cage) guards and ultimately befriends Ben Yahzee (Beach), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret?
Directors
John Woo
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1314 global ratings

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  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
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Big CheeseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Excellent Film
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There's a quote on the box of this DVD claiming that this is 'one of the best war movies of all time'. I was ready to pour scorn on such a bold claim, but actually, I don't think that's too far off the truth. It's not perfect, but I can't give 4.5 stars, so 5 it is.

The plot involves Nicolas Cage's tough, mentally tortured sergeant being required to protect a code that is part of the Navajo language and is embodied by a native speaker of the language. We follow the two men and their comrades through several battles as the US Marine Corps makes its way across Saipan against entrenched and fearsome opposition.

There are a couple of negatives, such as the slightly irrelevant sub-plot relating to a nurse who tended Cage's character earlier in the war, the occasional resort to cliché, and some pretty unbelievable stuff during some of the battle sequences. But none of these negatives really detracts from the quality of the film overall.

Those battle sequences are viscerally terrifying, and should leave the viewer, as they did me, in no doubt about the horrors of war, and eternally grateful to those who fought and died in WW2. The film also develops the relationships between the men without quite ever becoming too mawkish or sentimental - although there is just enough of the latter to leave you feeling moved. The film tells a good story about a little-known aspect of the war, with good characters and excellent acting. A fine film indeed.

The DVD itself had slightly dodgy sound - I had to turn the volume up a fair bit. There are a number of special features, which look like they might be pretty good if you like that sort of thing - I don't particularly, so I haven't watched them.
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MR M JAMESReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 July 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
and turned it into a 'wham bam' action flick better suited to Rambo
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This film has done a grave disservice to the Navajo Nation. It took a very important story from WW2, and turned it into a 'wham bam' action flick better suited to Rambo. I knew as much about the 'windtalkers' at the end of the movie as I did at the start, because almost the whole film consists of US Marines firing off weapons and killing the Japanese. The film is also way too long. Done right, a whole hour could have been shaved off, and more time spent on the code story itself. Nicolas Cage was not a convincing lead either. If I was a Navajo, I think I would have been on the warpath over this trivial portrayal of the Navajo contribution to the war in the Pacific.
3 people found this helpful
A.E.U BlockmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This film depicts the natural Americans in WW2.
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This DVD is about the natural Americans who served in WW2 as to fool the Japanese by speaking their natural tongue as code to the different units. This code was never broken by the Japanese. Nicolas Cage and all the main actors are brilliant and the film is really gritty and down to earth.
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Happy ShopperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent service and Quality.
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Super fast delivery,really enjoyed seeing this movie again, picture quality and sound are excellent, more than happy with the purchase and the seller would highly recommend both, delivery was fast to,also good price, thank you.
Andrew GraemeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great sound design in the 5
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Great sound design in the 5.1 mix, poor VFX (visual effects) that remind one of fireworks and not war and the score is very 'off-the-shelf' and bland. The acting is good, so three stars thanks to sound design and acting.
D.W.HReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
to the navaho indian
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in world war two japan troops occupying the saipan islands are at war with the u.s .to stop the Japanese getting secret messages they use Navaho Indians to transmit in their language with great affect,winning the war for the islands but not without heavy fighting.a god warfilm,and without the help of the American Navaho indian could have been won by the Japanese,
2 people found this helpful
robert mathiotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
WHAT A GREAT WAR FILM THIS IS
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I BOUGHT THIS DVD THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD TO ADD TO MY WAR DVD COLLECTION BUT IT WAS NOT GOOD AT ALL, IT WAS THE BEST WAR FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN! IT WAS JUST FULL OF ACTION FROM THE START TO THE VERY END. IF YOU LIKE YOUR WAR FILMS THIS DVD IS A MUST FOR YOU.
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SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Action-packed.
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Would have got 5* if the Blu-ray quality was remastered, as it is it's average.
Film is great tho, good score, great acting, if a tad "American" & gung-ho.
Along with "Lord of War" - This is Cage at his best.
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