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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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Jon Turteltaub

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Jim Kouf (screenplay), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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The clues are right in front of your eyes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Treasure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,142,554, 21 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$173,008,894, 2 June 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,443,000, 2 June 2005
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Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) wears a Rolex Submariner Date diver's watch which has a price of $8,550. He uses it as collateral in the clothing store to inspect a one hundred dollar bill with which he just paid. See more »

Goofs

Abigail's password into the preservation room is supposed to be VALLEYFORGE, an eleven letter password. When she enters her password, she only types eight characters, one being an N and one being the space bar, neither of which are found in VALLEYFORGE. This goof was rumored to have been fixed in the DVD release, but is intact on the Blu-Ray version. 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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Forget It
Written by Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fincke, Jeremy Hummel, Mark James Klepaski, Billy Corgan
Performed by Breaking Benjamin
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Enjoyable but fairly simple adventure

Legend has it that the founding fathers of the United States of America were in possession of an enormous treasure. This treasure has been passed down through the centuries from great civilization to great civilization by conquest and all sorts of other means, but... it is true or just myth? Ben Gates is one person who believes it to be true and pursues the clues where his father before him has given up.

This story is very similar to a Dan Brown novel in its real time development and an interesting mix of historical information into an entertaining plot. While it isn't quite as rich as a book can be, it is still a good clever little adventure. Well paced with some good action scenes that will keep you hooked all the way through.

There are some glaring errors in logic and moments of sappiness that bring down what good have been a good thriller, but seeing that this is a family oriented movie it is forgivable. Also the film is pretty much geared for an American audience, but should be a good evening of light entertainment for most movie watchers. 7/10

Rated PG for mild violence and action


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