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Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.9/10 (32,991 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

John Woo

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare

WWII. Joe Enders, a decorated Marine who is by-the-book to a fault, is just coming back on duty (by cheating on his medical tests). "Ox" Anderson, much greener, is also getting the same new task: Protect the Navajo codetalkers (Ben Yahzee and Charles Whitehorse, respectively). While Enders is initially frustrated with his assignment, his respect grows as the codetalkers prove their worth in the brutal battle to take Saipan.

Writers: John Rice, Joe Batteer


Nicolas Cage

Sergeant Joe Enders

Adam Beach

Private Ben Yahzee

Peter Stormare

Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad

Noah Emmerich

Private Chick

Mark Ruffalo

Private Pappas

Brian Van Holt

Private Harrigan

Martin Henderson

Private Nellie

Roger Willie

Private Charlie Whitehorse

Frances O'Connor


Christian Slater

Sgt. Pete 'Ox' Anderson

Jason Isaacs

Major Mellitz

Billy Morts


(as William Morts)

Cameron Thor


Kevin Cooney

Ear Doctor

Holmes Osborne

Colonel Hollings

The Navajo Has the Code. Protect the Code at All Costs.


Official Website:
Official site [South Korea] |

Release Date: 14 June 2002

Filming Locations: Dillingham Estate – 68434 Farrington Highway, Mokulë`ia, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $115,000,000


Opening Weekend: $14,520,412
(16 June 2002)
(2898 Screens)

Gross: $40,914,068

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Did You Know?


Steve J. Termath was originally cast for the role of Pvt. Nellie. However, the role went to Martin Henderson when Termath took a brief hiatus from acting for actual military service, enlisting in the US Army Reserves.


When Enders is describing to Yahzee how he threw the first medal he received into the ocean, his raised hand alternates between right and left between shots.


Joe Enders:
I ain't that drunk Yahzee, you cut that horseshit out.

User Review

The most realistic war movie ever made

Rating: 3/10

I learned a lot about World War II from this film. First of all, during
this war it was a custom of both the Japanese and Americans to scream
every time you shoot or get shot (even with about 30 bullets in your
chest you can still scream apparently). Secondly, Japanese soldiers do
not like cover. They like to stay out in the open, and will not fire
their rifles unless they're within 15 feet of American soldiers.
Thirdly, one man with a Thompson sub-machine gun can take out an entire
regiment of Japanese soldiers in an afternoon.

This film was completely first rate, start to finish. From the soldiers
who flail about wildly as entire belts of machine gun ammo are pumped
into them (before they drop to the ground mind you), to the 12 soldiers
that Nicholas Cage shoots with a handgun while laying on his back
wounded in the space of about 15 seconds, this film just screamed
realism and authenticity. Highly recommended to history buffs and
people who can appreciate some of the best acting ever put on film.