R | | Action, Drama, War
Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.
The desert scene in the opening credits is Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona, used in movies such as Back to the Future Part III (1990), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994).
Take a look. It's a Navajo... or was. Tortured to death by Japanese intelligence trying to bust our code. Fortunately, couldn't help them even if he wanted to.
Joe Enders: Sir?
Major Mellitz: Man's a Navajo, not a Code Talker. Code's based on their language, but it is still a ...
Enders is receiving his mission briefing in the Admiral's office, you can see a blue-taped "X" on the floor indicating where the Admiral is supposed to stand at the scene.
An extended directors cut is available on dvd and features about 22 minutes of new footage. These include several extended battle scenes as well as a few fully deleted scenes including an early scene of Joe recieving a medal for his work at the start of the film. There are also several new scenes near the start as well including a scene of Joe and Rita on the beach. This scene was included in the trailer for the film. Also a scene of all the marines taking pictures before shipping off to war. Also an extended scene of Yazee introducing himself to Joe and joe asks if he has seen any combat to which yazee replies "No, but i'm looking forward to getting into some." There were also several other smaller additions and alternate angles and shots used.
English, Navajo, Japanese
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