Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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Jon Turteltaub

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Marianne Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys) | 8 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Ben Gates
Justin Bartha ... Riley Poole
Diane Kruger ... Abigail Chase
Jon Voight ... Patrick Gates
Helen Mirren ... Emily Appleton
Ed Harris ... Mitch Wilkinson
Harvey Keitel ... Sadusky
Bruce Greenwood ... The President
Ty Burrell ... Connor
Michael Maize ... Daniel
Timothy V. Murphy ... Seth (as Timothy Murphy)
Alicia Coppola ... FBI Agent Spellman
Armando Riesco ... FBI Agent Hendricks
Albert Hall ... Dr. Nichols
Joel Gretsch ... Thomas Gates
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Storyline

Several years since Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) found the Knight's Templar and became rich and famous. Now, another treasure hunter named Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) has found what is a missing page of the diary of John Wilkes Booth, which contains clues to the location of a lost city of gold, Ben must compete against Mitch to find the lost city, he goes to France and Great Britain to find other clues and even peak inside the President's secret book to put the pieces of the puzzle together, his parents and his friends also help Ben find the lost city and to stay one step ahead of Mitch. Written by John Wiggins

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

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Bruce Greenwood played the U.S. President in this movie. In Thirteen Days (2000) , he played John F. Kennedy , the thirty-fifth President of the United States. See more »

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When Ben is in the Oval Office a grandfather clock can be seen behind the Resolute Desk. The clock's pendulum is not moving meaning the clock is not running. The White House employs at least person whose job it is to wind all the clocks in the Executive Mansion. See more »

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[first lines]
Barkeep: He's in the other room.
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The opening Walt Disney Pictures logo is "darker and more orange" according to the director. See more »

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Referenced in In the Land of Women (2007) See more »

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Familiar Places II
Written by Barry De Vorzon (as Barry Devorzon), Richard Hazard
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Interesting...I liked It, but something feels missing...
27 December 2007 | by grandslam40See all my reviews

First of all, National Treasure, the first one, is one of my favorite movie ever. I love history, specifically American history, and it had clever references and facts about American history that lead to finding the treasure in a way that is not predictable. That being said, I felt something was missing in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. It almost felt like the writers could not think of any new, clever clues for Nicolas Cage to solve or more suspense without action scenes.

First lets look at the positives. This movie was very well-done. The acting was as superb as the first (Nicolas Cage and Justin Bartha are amazing). It was very believable. Also the action scenes are excellent and full of invigorating suspense. The scene near the unexpected end where they had to balanced the steel block thing in the cave was terrific. All the action scenes were awesome: right out of an Indiana Jones movie. Another thing I liked was the ironic humor and sarcasm used by Nicolas Cage's character and other characters throughout the movie that gave it a light, fun feel. With interesting history references and a brilliant score by Trevor Rabin, what could be wrong with it?

You may not agree with me. But I felt that the ending, and a few other scenes were rushed. For example, they spent literally about five minutes in Paris both finding and figuring out the clue. After that they moved on to London, they spent about 15 minutes there, 5 of them were spent finding the clue. It all felt rushed which tended to confuse me. And the ending definitely did not satisfy me. It was too sudden and I felt it was incomplete, even though the movie was over two hours long.

As I think back to some of the scenes in the beginning and middle of the movie, I forget why I included "negatives" because it was so brilliant and I loved it as much as the first one. But then I remember the ending. it just didn't satisfy like the last movie did. I can't explain the nice feeling the first movie gave me: its what the perfect movie gives you I guess. Anyway, I would recommend this to anyone who has scene the first one and anyone who would like a good crime/action/adventure flick with excellent acting with lovable and believable characters. It's a great movie, it just didn't live up to my expectations or the original's


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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets See more »

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,783,772, 23 December 2007

Gross USA:

$219,964,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$459,242,249
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