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National Treasure (2004)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$35,142,554, 21 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$173,008,894, 2 June 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,443,000, 2 June 2005
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie suggests that something is written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. It is true that something is written on its back. The writing on the back of the Declaration of Independence reads: "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" and it appears on the bottom of the document, upside down. While no one knows for certain who wrote it, it is known that early in its life, the large parchment document (it measures 29 3/4 inches by 24 ½ inches) was rolled up for storage. So, it is likely that the notation was added simply as a label. See more »


When Riley is down in the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stop to tap the security system, the shot that he records of the preservation room shows the Declaration already there and covered, as Ben later finds it. However, Riley has not yet set off the temperature sensors, thus the document has not been taken down to the Preservation Room yet. See more »


[first lines]
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John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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Crazy Credits

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Indiana Jones minus the gore
11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This one gets my vote for the most enjoyable flick of 2004 (together with The Indredibles). You'd think it's just for kiddies, but any adult capable of just going to the cinema to enjoy themselves should be able to sit back, gobble the popcorn, suck the straw, nibble on the ice- cream and just have a couple of hours of unproblematic mania—with good and bad guys, daring thefts, lost treasures, romance, chases, near escapes, disasters and rescues and everything you'd expect in this kind of Bruckheimer production.

The whole thing is paced just right, the villains are just bad enough, and the goodies are nobles with a roguish streak. The cheesy bits are mellowed with a dash of wry humor, and those that aren't: well, just take them, don't cringe and, again, have fun!

I came out of this movie smiling, as did my wife and elder daughter (that would make all of us into definite 'adults'). Since a smile was what we all wanted that day, we got exactly what we asked for.

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