Windtalkers


2h 14m 2002

Brief Synopsis

On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific, taking over islands one by one in a slow progression towards mainland Japan. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions, dramatically slowing U.S. progress. In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee - a Navajo code talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he's to "protect the code at all costs." Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code?

Film Details

Also Known As
Windtalkers - Les messagers du vent
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Historical
War
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Thomas Giordano
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Hawaii, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Synopsis

On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific, taking over islands one by one in a slow progression towards mainland Japan. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions, dramatically slowing U.S. progress. In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee - a Navajo code talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he's to "protect the code at all costs." Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code?

Crew

Jan H. Aaris

Special Effects Supervisor

Tsuyoshi Abe

Stunt Player

Joene Acord

Accounting Assistant

Donovan Ahuna

Craft Service

Charles K Aleka

Stunt Player

Kenny Alexander

Stunt Player

Lee Alexander

Sound Mixer

Robert Allen

Medic

David T. Altenau

Cg Supervisor

Arthur Anderson

Coproducer

Arthur Anderson

Assistant Director

Chris Antonucci

Stunt Player

Ed Arter

Transportation Coordinator

Tina M Arter-duquette

Transportation

John Ashker

Stunt Player

Kiana Awong

Production Assistant

Craig B Ayers

Greensman

Gregory J Barnett

Stunt Player

David Barrett

Stunt Player

Lynn Basas

Cgi Artist

Lynn Basas

Animator

Joe Batteer

Screenplay

Paul Beahm

Stunt Player

Tom Bee

Song

Richard Begay

Advisor

Gavin J. Behrman

Accounting Assistant

Lamonte Bell

Accounting Assistant

Cliff Berns

Painter

Dick Bernstein

Music Editor

Steven R Bernstein

Original Music

Jeff Bilger

Assistant Director

Burtis Bills

Sound Effects

Nalani Blane

Production Assistant

Luciano Blotta

Video Assist/Playback

Raymond Boniker

Assistant Editor

Artaya Boonsoong

Colorist

Artaya Boonsoong

Animator

Bob Bornstein

Music

Bryan Bowen

Sound Designer

Joey Box

Stunt Player

Bill Boyd

Foreman

John Branagan

Stunt Player

Bob F Brown

Stunt Player

Gilbert Brown

Advisor

Troy Brown

Stunt Player

Richard Bucher

Stunt Player

Bobby Burns

Stunt Player

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

John Cade

Stunt Player

Brian Callahan

Costumer

Clark Campbell

Visual Effects Editor

Chris Carrington

Medic

Christopher Caso

Stunt Player

Rick Cedillo

Animatronics

Fred Cervantes

Film Lab

Fred Cervantes

Special Effects

Mark Chadwick

Stunt Player

Terence Chang

Producer

Doc D Charbonneau

Stunt Player

Ray D Chase

Grip

Eric Chen

Stunt Player

Tony Chiu

Assistant Editor

Arnold Chon

Stunt Player

Jamie Christopherson

Audio

Janis Clark

Hair Stylist

Kevin Clark

Visual Effects Editor

David A. Cohen

Dialogue Editor

Casey Collins

Assistant

Jian Cong

Camera

Noah Cooksey

Production Assistant

Phil Cory

Special Effects Coordinator

Richard Cory

Special Effects Foreman

Joe Coscia

Hair Stylist

Mitchell Coughlin

Project Manager

Mitchell Coughlin

Makeup Supervisor

Phil Culotta

Stunt Player

Joan Cunningham

Assistant Director

Craig Davis

Stunt Player

Zack Davis

Adr Supervisor

Tim A Davison

Stunt Player

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Gary Deaton

Construction Coordinator

Dan Delgado

Chief Lighting Technician

Steve Derelian

Stunt Player

Sgt. Maj. James D. Dever

Technical Advisor

Devon Dibble

Production Coordinator

Carol Doran

Wig Maker

Michael R Driscoll

Props

Mike Edmonson

Special Effects Foreman

Kevin Elam

Visual Effects Producer

Paul Eliopoulos

Stunt Player

Masa Endo

Stunt Player

Sean England

Other

Victor Ennis

Supervising Sound Editor

C. O. Erickson

Executive Producer

Jonathan Eusebio

Stunt Player

Roel Failma

Stunt Player

Brook Fain

Production Assistant

David Falicki

Medic

William Farley

Hair Stylist

Dane Farwell

Stunt Player

James Favazzo

Crane Grip

Eddie Fernandez

Stunt Player

Stephen Fischer

Assistant Location Manager

Kenneth E Fix

Location Manager

Cliff Fleming

Pilot

Paul Flinchbaugh

Digital Effects

David E Fluhr

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ashley A Fondrevay

Assistant

Colin Fong

Stunt Player

John Frazier

Special Effects Supervisor

Robert "rock" Galotti

Stunt Player

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Mike Gibbons

Coordinator

Dale Gibson

Stunt Player

Tom Gibson

Key Rigging Grip

Tim Gilbert

Stunt Player

Tanner Gill

Stunt Player

Michael D Gillis

Production Assistant

Thomas Giordano

Cable Operator

Ib Glindemann

Song

Richard Goddard

Set Decorator

Jorge Gonzalez

Costumer

Richard Bryce Goodman

Sound

Richard Bryce Goodman

Sound Mixer

Al Goto

Stunt Coordinator

Laura Graham

Adr Editor

Tracie Graham

Producer

Joyce Green

Production Assistant

Glynna Grimala

Audio

Holger Gross

Production Designer

Bill Guiette

Advisor

Jeff Gullo

Editor

Glen Gustafson

Digital Effects

Gabriel Guy

Adr Mixer

Dong Quan Ha

Stunt Player

Shane Habberstad

Stunt Player

John Halfman

Film Lab

Randy Hall

Stunt Player

Mike Hansen

Assistant Property Master

Chris Hanson

Painter

George Hanson

Construction

Amanda Harding

Casting Associate

Cate Hardman

Script Supervisor

Thomas J Healy

Production Assistant

Rufus Hearn

Hair

Jim Henrikson

Music Editor

Michael Hertlein

Dialogue Editor

Dutch Hill

Audio

Steven Ho

Stunt Player

James Hogue

Painter

A Todd Holland

Set Designer

James Horner

Music Composer

James Horner

Original Music

James Horner

Music Conductor

Craig Hosking

Pilot

Robert S Hosking

Pilot

Luis Hoyos

Set Designer

Zach Hudson

Stunt Player

Yoshio Iizuka

Stunt Player

Brian Imada

Stunt Player

Gregory Irwin

Assistant Camera

Kevin Ishioka

Art Director

Steven Ito

Stunt Player

Terry Jackson

Stunt Player

Joni Jacobson

Digital Effects Artist

Tim Jarvis

Film Lab

Jeb Johenning

Video Assist/Playback

Carl Johnson

Original Music

Keii Johnston

Stunt Player

Brett Jones

Stunt Player

Paul Jyrala

Sound Editor

Kim K. Kahana Jr.

Stunt Player

Jamie Kelman

Modelmaker

Jamie Kelman

Makeup

Steven Kemper

Editor

Randy Kerber

Original Music

Jeffrey L Kimball

Director Of Photography

Darren D Kiner

Cgi Artist

Dan King

Advisor

Scott Kirkley

Production Assistant

Jon W. Kishi

Stunt Player

Hiro Koda

Stunt Player

Kim Koscki

Stunt Player

John Koyama

Stunt Player

David Kudell

Digital Effects

Marco Kyris

Stand-In

Peter Lai

Stunt Player

Tony Lamberti

Audio

Shawn Landis

Camera Operator

Mark Landon

Makeup

Chris Langevin

Props

Greg Langham

Chief Lighting Technician

Steve Laporte

Makeup

Shelley Lavelle

Costumer

Lee W. Lebaigue

Digital Effects

Linda Leiter-sharp

Hair Stylist

Dan Lemieux

Stunt Player

Will Leong

Stunt Player

Michael Li

Stunt Player

Film Details

Also Known As
Windtalkers - Les messagers du vent
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Historical
War
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Thomas Giordano
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Hawaii, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 14, 2002

Released in United States on Video October 22, 2002

Released in United States Summer June 14, 2002

Released in United States on Video October 22, 2002