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National Treasure (2004)

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) (21 November 2004)

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$173,008,894 (USA) (2 June 2005)
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The interior of Trinity Church was actually filmed in the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. See more »

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The story unfolds, saying that Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, gave a young Gates an important clue to treasure. The narration identifies him as a Mason. Some say this is not plausible because Carroll was a Roman Catholic, and being a Mason would have gotten him excommunicated. Although the family was strong Roman Catholic, Schultz in his History of Freemasonry in Maryland states that Charles was a Freemason in a Maryland Lodge. Daniel Carroll, cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton was definitely a Mason. There are, even today, many Catholics who are also Freemasons. 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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String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 in E Flat ('The Joke')
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by The Lindsays
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
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Good Popcorn Movie
21 November 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Completely unbelievable but fun romp around the world looking for treasure...it won't win any awards but its a good two hours at the movies.

The plot to trying to find a lost treasure a clue to which is on the back of the Declaration of Independence is so beyond belief that its best to simply begin by throwing up your hands and accepting it for what it is. Certainly the cast has thrown reality to the wind and appears to be having a grand time.

My only complaint, and its what keeps me from saying you you should see this in a theater instead of renting it, is that the pacing is off. It needs a zipper pace to get us from A to B. Certainly it moves well, but there were times when I just wanted to to move a bit faster. Its a minor fault, but one that prevented me from really loving this.

7 out of 10. Definitely worth seeing, preferably for less than what they charge for a full price movie admission these days.


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