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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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Did You Know?


The cities that the major action takes place in (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City) are three of the nine capital cities the United States has had in its history. See more »


When trying to convince Abigail that there is a map on the Declaration of Independence in her office, she goes from sitting forward in her chair to leaning back in the chair without moving between shots. 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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String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 in E Flat ('The Joke')
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
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A Surprisingly Stunning Gem.
26 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A descendant (Nicolas Cage) of a family of fortune hunters looks for a treasure chest that was hidden by the Founding Fathers of the new United States after the Revolutionary War. After being double-crossed by European Sean Bean and his men while obtaining another clue in the Arctic, Cage and sidekick Justin Bertha (who nearly steals the show with his quick-witted one-liners) travel to D.C. to obtain the Declaration of Independence. It is believed that there is an invisible map on the back of that historic document. A daring cat and mouse game continues between Cage and Bean as the ultra-hot Diane Kruger (who made almost no impression in the disappointing "Troy") gets involved as well. Jon Voight (Cage's skeptical father) also gets thrown in the mix as the movie progresses and he does some of the best work of his career in an endearing and quietly comical role. A brilliant scavenger hunt for clues along the major cities of the East Coast will leave you on the edge of your seat. "National Treasure" is a fun trip to the movies. The setup (told by Cage's grandfather, Christopher Plummer) is a bit uneven and I was worried that this was going to be a disaster, but I am glad it was not. The characters are all smart and intelligent and the pace is fast and furious. Wonderful entertainment for the entire family. Surprisingly one of the finer pictures of 2004. 4 stars out of 5.

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