National Treasure

November 19th, 2004

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National Treasure

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A treasure hunter is in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure that has been passed down for centuries, while his employer turned enemy is onto the same path that he's on.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.8/10 (121,576 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha

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.

Writers: Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley

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 - Phil (as Stephen Pope)
Annie Parisse - Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino - Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco - Agent Hendricks
Erik King - Agent Colfax

Taglines: The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.


Official Website: Disney [United States] |

Release Date: 19 November 2004

Filming Locations: DAR - Memorial Continental Hall.- 1776 D Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $35,142,554 (USA) (21 November 2004) (3017 Screens)

Gross: $347,451,894 (Worldwide) (2 June 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Diane Kruger did most of her own stunt work in the car chase scene.

Crew or equipment visible: When Ben visits his father after stealing the Declaration and they argue, there are reflections of video screens in his father's glasses.

[first lines]
Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.

User Review

Take "National Treasure" for what it is.

Rating: 7/10

This is a fun movie that most everyone in the family can enjoy. It's rated PG, has some violence, but no nudity and no language. Younger kids will probably not understand the Masonic and Knights Templar references, but they'll probably still enjoy it. The only thing anyone needs to understand about the Masons is the Knights Templar eventually became the Masons, and many of our founding fathers were Masons, so there's a bit of Masonic lore/connection tied into the movie. Other than that, it's easy to follow. Ben Gates is chasing a dream of finding a lost treasure, the map to which is supposedly hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. He steals the Declaration, then takes off on his adventure to find the treasure. To put it simply, "National Treasure" will remind you of a cross between the Indiana Jones trilogy (minus the snakes) and "Ocean's 11" (minus the drinking and profanity). You don't have to be a genius to watch it, and you don't have to be a history nut to understand it. No, there isn't really a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence (Is there?), but Indiana Jones didn't actually find the Ark, either. It's a fun, fantasy, what-if, kind of movie. Enjoy it.

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