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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benjamin Franklin Gates
... Abigail Chase
... Riley Poole
... Ian Howe
... Patrick Gates
... Sadusky
... John Adams Gates
... Shaw
... Powell
... Shippen
Stephen A. Pope ... Phil (as Stephen Pope)
... Agent Dawes
... Agent Johnson
... Agent Hendricks
... Agent Colfax
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del tesoro perdido  »

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$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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Trivia

The cities, in which the major action takes place (Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City), are three of the nine capital cities the United States has had in its history. See more »

Goofs

When Riley is down in the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stop to tap the security system, the shot that he records of the preservation room shows the Declaration already there and covered, as Ben later finds it. However, Riley has not yet set off the temperature sensors, thus the document has not been taken down to the Preservation Room yet. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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Referenced in The Silence (2006) See more »

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String Quartet in A Major Movement No. 3
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
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Fairly entertaining
30 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I am NOT, repeat, NOT, a Nicolas Cage fan, mainly because he relies too much on action to carry his films (instead of his acting), but this is a pretty decent flick. There is enough action and suspense to keep the viewer's interest and also to maintain the pace of the film. There's actually not very much actual violence (strange for a Cage film!), but the story is so well-written that even Cage can pull it off without any gore. The basic story has been reviewed several times, but it's the continuation of a 200 year old treasure hunt. Cage must solve riddle after riddle to find the ultimate clue to the treasure's whereabouts. The clue is finally determined to be on the back of the Declaration of Independence. How Cage figures the clue that leads him there is pretty far-fetched but its the key to the story. If you buy into that, the rest of the riddles are acceptable. There's also a double cross plot headed by the great Sean Bean that provides a lot of the action. The lovely Diane Kruger portrays the poor lady who gets caught up in the middle of all this intrigue. Overall, except for the figuring out of the clue found in the ship (the viewer just has to assume that he's that far above the rest of us in intelligence), a pretty exciting film with a little something for everyone.


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