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.
The water in the reflecting pool in front of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, in the scene where Ben (Nicolas Cage) and Riley (Justin Bartha) are talking on the steps, was digitally added later, because the water was drained for maintenance at the time of filming. The pool was also digitally added in Forrest Gump (1994). See more »
After ascertaining that the time was almost 3:00, as stated by the clerk from reading Gate's watch, the scene shortly after, where Howe's associates are chasing Chase and Riley and those two split up and Chase goes into the deli area, the wall clock (just before Chase jumps over the counter) shows the time as 2:37. See more »