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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.

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

Jim Kouf (screenplay), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Benjamin Franklin Gates
Diane Kruger ... Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha ... Riley Poole
Sean Bean ... Ian Howe
Jon Voight ... Patrick Gates
Harvey Keitel ... Sadusky
Christopher Plummer ... John Adams Gates
David Dayan Fisher ... Shaw
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Powell
Oleg Taktarov ... Shippen
Stephen A. Pope Stephen A. Pope ... Phil (as Stephen Pope)
Annie Parisse ... Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino ... Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco ... Agent Hendricks
Erik King ... Agent Colfax
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Storyline

Benjamin Franklin Gates, a pedigree of the treasure hunter family who learns about a national treasure from his grandfather. The treasure is stashed somewhere in the country and the clue leading to the treasure chest is cyphered and scattered all over the country. Benjamin's father abhors treasure hunting, as he himself lost 20 years in chasing the treasure without success. Plot takes a twist when Ben's accomplice Ian decides to steal 'Declaration of Independence' for the next clue. Ben refuses to Ian's plan and they become hostile. When Ben tips FBI about the possible theft, they refused to believe him. Ben determines to steal the 'Declaration of Independence' in order to protect it from Ian. Ben meets 'Abigail Chase' the curator of the archives when he steals the document. Rest of the story is about how Ben, his partner Riley and Abigail decrypts the clues and rescues the national treasure without getting to the hands of Ian.

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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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Trivia

Diane Kruger did most of her own stunt work in the car chase scene. See more »

Goofs

When Ian is trying to solve the riddle, he holds up the his notepad and asks "Why is this word capitalized?", the pen in his hand is vertical and he is pointing to the word 'Silence' with his finger. A moment later the pen is horizontal and he is using it to point to word. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Completionist: Kirby Super Star (2015) See more »

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Give It Up
Written by Sam Means, Nate Ruess
Performed by The Format
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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fun adventure
12 December 2004 | by MLDinTNSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,142,554, 21 November 2004

Gross USA:

$173,008,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,512,318
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