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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:

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


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

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Did You Know?


In the opening pyramid scenes Ben Gates' Grandfathers eye provides the all seeing eye over the broken pyramid See more »


Just after Ben mixes the fluorescent marker liquid, he reaches into the glass clearly holding the George Washington campaign button. The scene then cuts to him dipping his bare fingers and the button has vanished. 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 Psych: Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered! (2008) See more »


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Written by Sam Means, Nate Ruess
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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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