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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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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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La leyenda del tesoro perdido  »

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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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The book that Ben shows Riley in the Library of Congress that has the information about the Preservation Room is called 'The Earth System'. It is some sort of a textbook and it is authored by Lee Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert G. Crane. The ISBN is 0131420593. See more »

Goofs

Ben, Abigail and Riley follow a clue from the engraving of Independence Hall on the $100 bill. Noting the time on the clock in the tower and following the shadow of the tower to a spot on a wall. In reality the original tower of Independence Hall that existed in 1776 had no clock, it was built only to hold a bell (i.e. the Liberty Bell.) What's more that tower became unstable and was removed in 1781 and was replaced by a simple peaked roof. The original clock on the building was built into the side of the building facing Congress Hall. The current tower with its clock wasn't built until 1828. Benjamin Franklin who was the focus of many of the clues died in 1790 so there's no way he could have used the tower clock in setting up the clues. This information comes from "Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia" by Roger W. Moss. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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Written by Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fincke, Jeremy Hummel, Mark James Klepaski, Billy Corgan
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Take "National Treasure" for what it is.
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fun movie that most everyone in the family can enjoy. It's rated PG, has some violence, but no nudity and no language. Younger kids will probably not understand the Masonic and Knights Templar references, but they'll probably still enjoy it. The only thing anyone needs to understand about the Masons is the Knights Templar eventually became the Masons, and many of our founding fathers were Masons, so there's a bit of Masonic lore/connection tied into the movie. Other than that, it's easy to follow. Ben Gates is chasing a dream of finding a lost treasure, the map to which is supposedly hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. He steals the Declaration, then takes off on his adventure to find the treasure. To put it simply, "National Treasure" will remind you of a cross between the Indiana Jones trilogy (minus the snakes) and "Ocean's 11" (minus the drinking and profanity). You don't have to be a genius to watch it, and you don't have to be a history nut to understand it. No, there isn't really a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence (Is there?), but Indiana Jones didn't actually find the Ark, either. It's a fun, fantasy, what-if, kind of movie. Enjoy it.


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