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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 »

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:

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


$173,005,002 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The water in the reflecting pool in front of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in the scene where Ben and Riley are talking on the steps was digitally added later because the water drained for maintenance at the time of filming. See more »


Ben mentions that 55 men signed the Declaration of Independence. 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. 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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Crazy Credits

The Jerry Bruckheimer Productions logo sequence blacks out before it finishes running. See more »


Referenced in Robin Hood: Treasure of the Nation (2007) See more »


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 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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