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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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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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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 was drained for maintenance at the time of filming. See more »

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When Ben is hiding from Abigail in the gift shop, he ends up buying a Declaration replica using his credit card. Throughout this scene, Riley is known to be listening in to Ben's conversations, so he would have heard at least Ben's side of that transaction. Yet later when discussing their options in the park, Riley expresses surprise about the credit card transaction. 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)
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fun adventure
12 December 2004 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

This was a fun film, sort of like an Indian Jones movie, but the treasure hunter must figure out clues. I'm sure the reason this was made and released now has a lot to do with the Da Vinci Code. The plot is just like it except instead of involving religious history, the clues center around American history, and namely the founding fathers.

So Nick Cage, plays Ben Gates, the treasure hunter whose family has been looking for the treasure of the knights templer for years. One of his relatives possessed the last remaining clue from a dying Mason. So, the movie starts with Cage finally solving that clue, and the film goes from there. Of course, we have the evil billionaire guy who wants the treasure for himself and the funny sidekick. But, I think the sidekick failed because he wasn't all that funny. The movie could have used some more humor. And of course, Gates hooks up with a beautiful woman along the way to help him solve the clues, which sounds just like Da Vinci.

It is unbelievable that someone could just come up with the answer to these difficult clues after thinking about them for 2 minutes, but we don't have time to let the characters ponder them for a few months. It is meant to be fun, so forget about the plot holes. The whole set beneath the church looked very neat, but I would have to think all those wooden stairs would have been rotten by then and no one could walk on them. But who cares, it's fun.

And the theft of the Declaration of Independence was reminiscent of Ocean's 11. Funny how anyone can steal anything in a film, forget locked down security.

FINAL VERDICT: If you like adventure films, I recommend it. It is not like Tomb Raider, which some have compared it to. Tomb Raider was horrible. This is more like Indiana Jones.


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