Windtalkers (Director's Cut) R

Honor Was Their Code.
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DVD Details

  • 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 , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 168


User Ratings: 66,852
Rating: 3/5 -- War film relies too much on relentless violence. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 29, 2010
Rating: 3/5 -- This is the kind of film where you think you can predict everything that's going to happen upon the first shot and you spend the rest of the film praying that you're wrong. But it's fun getting there. Full Review
Film Threat
Dec 6, 2005
Rating: 2/5 -- A merely competent action war pic, boasting neither Woo's trademark balletic violent set-pieces nor any convincing insight into the tensions between the native Americans and their Anglo-Saxon commanders in the Marine Corps. Full Review
Oct 2, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert. Full Review
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Nov 6, 2002
Rating: B+ -- What we get is a surprisingly entertaining film, corny as it is at times, that could have suited John Wayne. [Published 5-13-02]
Kansas City Kansan
Dec 20, 2005
The screenwriters struggle to integrate the coded transmissions with the action, and the flamboyant set piece battles feel like so much empty rhetoric. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
A vast repository of hoary, honour-code clichés.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Oct 19, 2003

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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

Text/Photo Galleries:

  • Photo Gallery - 1. Behind-the-Scenes

Entertainment Reviews:

Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/01/2002

"...There are plenty of intricately choreographed battle scenes in WINDTALKERS, but action meister Woo also finds the complicated humanity in this offbeat tale of American friendship and obsession..."

Entertainment Weekly - 06/14/2002

"...A fascinating Woo movie....WINDTALKERS is a fresh contribution to the cinematic literature of American WWII movies from a Chinese born-director with a flair for the imagery of spiritual battle..."

Premiere - 07/01/2002

"...What makes Woo such a fascinating director is his rock-solid conviction..."

Los Angeles Times - 06/14/2002

"...Woo approached the filming of the WINDTALKERS combat scenes with his usual gusto..."

USA Today - 06/14/2002

"...Woo comes through with the voluminous action scenes fans have come to expect....WINDTALKERS is capably made and certainly impresses in carrying its length..."

Box Office - 07/01/2002

"...The performances are perfectly palatable..."

Sight and Sound - 04/01/2006

"[N]ever less than heartfelt. The harrowing combat scenes sensibly eschew balletic beauty."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Theatrical Release | World War II


World War II | Theatrical Release

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