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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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In order to break the code, one man will have to break all the rules. See more »


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

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19 November 2004 (USA)  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$173,005,002 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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On the DVD, director Jon Turteltaub says the initial rough cut was around four hours long. See more »

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WWII planes found in the arctic were buried under 260 feet of ice, suggesting that the Charlotte would have been much deeper. See more »

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Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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28 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"National Treasure" is a thriller that was obviously targeted for young audiences. John Turtletaub, its director, has created a film that will resonate with those audiences because of the great ride and the adventure it depicts. On the other hand, heaven help us, should anyone feel inspired to emulate the hero of the film and attempts to do something similar, which in a way, doesn't say much about the security in guarding the real "natural treasures" of the country.

If we can believe Ben Gates can pull the caper, then there's no problem in enjoying this film, which offers an action packed couple of hours that could have been trimmed a little bit to make it even better.

Not being a Nicolas Cage fan, one was prepared for the worst, but this is one of the films in which Mr. Cage is at his mellowest intensity and it's easy to tolerate his antics. Diane Kreuger is a beautiful addition to the film that pays well. Justin Bartha does what he can being a computer nerd and pulling fantastic stuff to help his friend. Sean Bean, Christopher Plummer and Jon Voight, are seen in supporting roles.

This is a film that will play well with young minds and with adults that will allow for the silliness of the situation at hand.


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