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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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In order to break the code, one man will have to break all the rules. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$173,008,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,512,318
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The book that Ben shows Riley in the Library of Congress, that has the information about the Preservation Room, is called "The Earth System". It is some sort of a textbook, and it is authored by Lee Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert G. Crane. The ISBN is 0131420593. See more »

Goofs

At least twice, Riley refers to "Daylight Savings Time." The proper term is "Daylight Saving Time." 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 »


Soundtracks

Give It Up
Written by Sam Means, Nate Ruess
Performed by The Format
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Good Popcorn Movie
21 November 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Completely unbelievable but fun romp around the world looking for treasure...it won't win any awards but its a good two hours at the movies.

The plot to trying to find a lost treasure a clue to which is on the back of the Declaration of Independence is so beyond belief that its best to simply begin by throwing up your hands and accepting it for what it is. Certainly the cast has thrown reality to the wind and appears to be having a grand time.

My only complaint, and its what keeps me from saying you you should see this in a theater instead of renting it, is that the pacing is off. It needs a zipper pace to get us from A to B. Certainly it moves well, but there were times when I just wanted to to move a bit faster. Its a minor fault, but one that prevented me from really loving this.

7 out of 10. Definitely worth seeing, preferably for less than what they charge for a full price movie admission these days.


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