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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

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

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During a press junket, when asked if he believed the treasure existed, Sean Bean replied, "It's probably in Sheffield" (his home town). See more »

Goofs

The story unfolds, saying that Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, gave a young Gates an important clue to treasure. The narration identifies him as a Mason. Some say this is not plausible because Carroll was a Roman Catholic, and being a Mason would have gotten him excommunicated. Although the family was strong Roman Catholic, Schultz in his History of Freemasonry in Maryland states that Charles was a Freemason in a Maryland Lodge. Daniel Carroll, cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton was definitely a Mason. There are, even today, many Catholics who are also Freemasons. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Saoirse Ronan/U2 (2017) See more »

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Dreaming
Written by Norbert Pawlicki, Hans Salomon
Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
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A Surprisingly Stunning Gem.
26 November 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A descendant (Nicolas Cage) of a family of fortune hunters looks for a treasure chest that was hidden by the Founding Fathers of the new United States after the Revolutionary War. After being double-crossed by European Sean Bean and his men while obtaining another clue in the Arctic, Cage and sidekick Justin Bertha (who nearly steals the show with his quick-witted one-liners) travel to D.C. to obtain the Declaration of Independence. It is believed that there is an invisible map on the back of that historic document. A daring cat and mouse game continues between Cage and Bean as the ultra-hot Diane Kruger (who made almost no impression in the disappointing "Troy") gets involved as well. Jon Voight (Cage's skeptical father) also gets thrown in the mix as the movie progresses and he does some of the best work of his career in an endearing and quietly comical role. A brilliant scavenger hunt for clues along the major cities of the East Coast will leave you on the edge of your seat. "National Treasure" is a fun trip to the movies. The setup (told by Cage's grandfather, Christopher Plummer) is a bit uneven and I was worried that this was going to be a disaster, but I am glad it was not. The characters are all smart and intelligent and the pace is fast and furious. Wonderful entertainment for the entire family. Surprisingly one of the finer pictures of 2004. 4 stars out of 5.


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