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National Treasure (2004)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery  |  19 November 2004 (USA)
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A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.



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Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who've all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben's close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt. Written by IMDb Editors

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The clues are right in front of your eyes. See more »

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Rated PG for action violence and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del tesoro perdido  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,142,554 (USA) (19 November 2004)


$173,005,002 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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The movie includes footage from the very first filming ever allowed in the tower of Philadelphia's Independence Hall. See more »


The film mentions many times the Freemasons were trying to hide the treasure from the British, but Britain was where Freemasonary originally came from, and where it was still based at the time. However, prior to the American Revolution, colonial Freemasonry had begun to move away from its connections with British masonry, rejecting, for example, the need of the London Grand Lodge to approve new lodges. This trend accelerated during the Revolution as ties of Masonic brotherhood proved more fragile than temporal political allegiances. See more »


[first lines]
Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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fun adventure
12 December 2004 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

This was a fun film, sort of like an Indian Jones movie, but the treasure hunter must figure out clues. I'm sure the reason this was made and released now has a lot to do with the Da Vinci Code. The plot is just like it except instead of involving religious history, the clues center around American history, and namely the founding fathers.

So Nick Cage, plays Ben Gates, the treasure hunter whose family has been looking for the treasure of the knights templer for years. One of his relatives possessed the last remaining clue from a dying Mason. So, the movie starts with Cage finally solving that clue, and the film goes from there. Of course, we have the evil billionaire guy who wants the treasure for himself and the funny sidekick. But, I think the sidekick failed because he wasn't all that funny. The movie could have used some more humor. And of course, Gates hooks up with a beautiful woman along the way to help him solve the clues, which sounds just like Da Vinci.

It is unbelievable that someone could just come up with the answer to these difficult clues after thinking about them for 2 minutes, but we don't have time to let the characters ponder them for a few months. It is meant to be fun, so forget about the plot holes. The whole set beneath the church looked very neat, but I would have to think all those wooden stairs would have been rotten by then and no one could walk on them. But who cares, it's fun.

And the theft of the Declaration of Independence was reminiscent of Ocean's 11. Funny how anyone can steal anything in a film, forget locked down security.

FINAL VERDICT: If you like adventure films, I recommend it. It is not like Tomb Raider, which some have compared it to. Tomb Raider was horrible. This is more like Indiana Jones.

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