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(2002)

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  • During World War II, U.S. Marine Sergeants Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) and Pete "Oz" Anderson (Christian Slater) are each assigned to protect two Navajo Indians, Privates Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) and Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie) respectively, recruited for the sole purpose of using their native language in the western Pacific island of Saipan as an impossible-to-crack encryption code. In reality, however, it is the code Enders and Anderson are assigned to protect at all cost, not the code-talkers. Edit

  • Although the story presented in the film is fiction, it is based on hundreds of Native Americans, referred to as code talkers, who used their native languages to transmit impossible-to-crack coded messages during the first and second World Wars. Edit

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  • Yahzee manages to get a message to the flyboys, giving them the coordinates of the Japanese artillery. As they attempt to make a run for safety, they are both hit with gunfire. Figuring that they are about to be either killed or captured, Yahzee turns Enders' gun on himself and tells Enders to shoot him as ordered to protect the code, but Enders refuses. Instead, he carries Yahzee on his shoulders into the safety of a dugout. Suddenly, allied planes fly overhead and strike the Japanese shooting from the ridge. Yahzee notices the wound in Enders' chest and tries to comfort him. Enders admits that he didn't want to shoot Charlie and begins to recite the "Hail Mary" as he dies. In the final scene, Yahzee and his family stand on the top of Point Mesa in Monument Valley. Yahzee places Enders' dogtags around his son's neck and tells him what a "brave warrior" Enders was. As Yahzee recites a Navajo prayer in Enders' honor, a text screen reads: "The Navajo Code was vital in the victory at Saipan and every major battle in the Pacific. The code was never broken." Edit

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