National Treasure

National Treasure

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Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Jon Turteltaub, Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha


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A man sets out to steal a lost fortune in order to save it in this adventure drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is an archeologist who is from the eighth generation of a family who has shared an unusual quest. As Gates-family legend has it, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin hid a massive cache of gold…  See more details below


A man sets out to steal a lost fortune in order to save it in this adventure drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is an archeologist who is from the eighth generation of a family who has shared an unusual quest. As Gates-family legend has it, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin hid a massive cache of gold during the waning days of the Revolutionary War and left clues as to its whereabouts in the original drafts of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. With no firm proof that it actually exists, Gates sets out to crack the code that will lead him to the fortune, which, as a member of the Gates clan, he is sworn to protect from wrongdoers. National Treasure also features Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, Justin Bartha, and Jon Voight.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although this rousing adventure film takes place in the present and sports any number of up-to-the-minute gadgets and gimmicks, it's firmly rooted in the high-adventure style of an earlier era. We'll go so far as to say that National Treasure could just as easily have been made 50 years ago. But then it wouldn't have had Nicolas Cage, who infuses his derring-do with even more believability than the script demands. He plays Ben Gates, the youngest in a family of historians dedicated to uncovering a fabulous treasure secreted by our country's Founding Fathers during the Revolutionary War. As the movie begins, Ben has already deciphered several coded clues to the treasure's whereabouts that are sprinkled -- here the film echoes the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code -- throughout the Declaration of Independence and other historic documents, and even our paper money. And he's managed to convince National Archives worker Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) that he's on the level. Now all they have to do is get to the buried riches before unscrupulous Ian Howe (Sean Bean) confiscates the stash. Director Jon Turteltaub (While You Were Sleeping) paces National Treasure like one of those old Saturday-matinee cliff-hangers: chase, capture, rescue, and all over again. He breezes past the yarn's improbabilities -- which, we must confess, are myriad -- and concentrates on pumping up the action sequences until they've reached a feverish, nail-biting intensity. We have always felt that Cage was one of the screen's unlikeliest action heroes, but he brings such intensity to the film that you can't help but believe him, even in the most outlandish situations. Jon Voight lends strong support as his father, and Christopher Plummer completes the family tree with a twinkly-eyed turn as Cage's grandpa. For two hours of wildly implausible fun, you could hardly do better than National Treasure.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
National Treasure is one silly movie. From the plot to the casting to its complete The Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones rip-off nature, the flick places Nic Cage in one ludicrous scenario after another and does it in such a light-hearted tone that you can't help but get sucked in by this slick and schlocky Hollywood product. Now, the movie really isn't all that good -- its humor falls flat, the chemistry of the lead actors is dreadful, and it's not all that suspenseful, but this is a plot about an invisible treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence, people! Just that fact alone makes it worth at least one curious viewing. Director Jon Turteltaub has a long history with Disney films and he makes his explosive blockbuster jump with this Jerry Bruckheimer production, which was big in theaters thanks to its family-friendly nature. Kids might be amused by the flick, though it's hard to say if parents will get the same kind of kick out of it or not. Take notice of the obnoxious sidekick Justin Bartha's freaky blue eyes, which end up being the biggest mystery in the whole tedious picture.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Full Frame]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Multilevel treasure hunt: the more bonus material you find and watch, the more you uncover; Alternate ending with optional director's audio commentary; Deleted scenes with optional director's audio commentary; "National Treasure on Location" making-of featurette; "The Knights Templar" featurette; "Treasure Hunters Revealed" featurette; "Riley's Decode This!" featurette plus 3 puzzling challenges; Opening scene animatic with optional director's audio commentary; Verizon trailer and mobile phone games

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Benjamin Franklin Gates
Diane Kruger Dr. Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha Riley Poole
Sean Bean Ian Howe
Jon Voight Patrick Henry Gates
Harvey Keitel Agent Sadusky
Christopher Plummer John Adams Gates
Hunter Gomez Young Ben Gates

Technical Credits
Jon Turteltaub Director,Producer
Oren Aviv Executive Producer,Original Story
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Ted Elliott Screenwriter
Billy Goldenberg Editor
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Geoff Hansen Asst. Director
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Jim Kouf Original Story
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Melniker Associate Producer
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Terry Rossio Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Charles Segars Executive Producer,Original Story
Norris Spencer Production Designer
Christina Steinberg Executive Producer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan Associate Producer
Barry Waldman Executive Producer
Cormac Wibberley Screenwriter
Marianne Wibberley Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Legend of the Treasure [6:34]
2. The Charlotte [15:43]
3. Meeting With Dr. Chase [6:31]
4. Making a Plan [2:25]
5. The Setup [4:29]
6. The Gala [10:07]
7. Getting Found Out [8:31]
8. We Need Those Letters [6:38]
9. Examining the Document [5:54]
10. Philadelphia [9:50]
11. The Ocular Device [7:11]
12. Ian Has the Map [2:42]
13. The USS Intrepid [1:32]
14. Making a Deal With Ian [5:58]
15. Beneath Parkington Lane [4:10]
16. Ian Leaves Them Behind [11:09]
17. Could It Really Be That Simple? [3:43]
18. Somebody Has to Go to Prison [3:55]
19. End Credits [4:19]

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Karinita More than 1 year ago
Who would not wonder at the idea of stealing a national treasure? Ever since "The Da Vinci Code" was published, much has been said about the Knights Templar and the existence of a magnanimous treasure, sometimes with religious implications, sometimes, as is the case in "National Treasure", just related to pure mutiny. I was never a fan of American history, yet this movie has managed to lit up my interest in it.

The story centers around Benjamin Franklin Gates, a role impersonated by Nicolas Cage. A descendant of THE Benjamin Franklin, historian, engineer and Navy ROTC Ben Gates is on a quest after a family's life pursuit about the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, that somehow seems to have found its way to America during the Revolutionary War, and was hidden in this land by the Freemasons who, among others, counted the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin himself as members. But the Gates family has been the laughing stock of the historical community in Washington D.C. for generations due to the elusiveness of said treasure. Just when Ben Gates appears to have found someone rich enough and willing to fund a costly search that includes an expedition to the Arctic, Ben realizes that not everyone has the same solemn intentions as he does when it comes to finding the greatest treasure ever coveted by mankind. For starters, the clues leading to its discovery are to be found in the Declaration of Independence... but how does one get to it and, more importantly, how can the clues be interpreted? Ben has his friend and co-conspirator Riley Poole, played by hilarious Justin Bartha, and National Archives expert Dr. Abigail Chase (played by Diane Kruger) as his right and left hands to help him.

This is the premise of "National Treasure", a movie which unpacks fun and loads of action while taking the viewer on location to the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and the catacombs under Trinity Church in New York City.

I have enjoyed it immensely, especially the historical aspect. Although the acting is not stellar by any means, one must admit that Sean Bean still offers a fantastic view of the human male species even when he is getting on years, and the feminine element offered by Diane Kruger as Dr. Chase is... cute, though sometimes borderline callous.

True to a Jerry Bruckheimer production, the film offers great photography, and the 2-disc Collector's Edition is jam-packed with extras presented in the form of a treasure hunt, my favorites being "Riley's Decode This!", with three levels of discovery - of which I still have not been ablt to conquer them all! - and the featurette on "Ciphers, Codes & Codebreakers", a great documentary on code making and breaking that goes back to the first World War. The deleted scenes offer much needed background to the film, although it is understandable how they did not make it into it - at 2:35 hours, nothing else could go in.
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I absolutely love this movie. I cant wait to buy this on DVD. This is one of Nicolas Cage's best movies ever. This is also one of Diane Kruger's best movies next to 'Troy'. This movie is an absolute classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has everything! A little comedy alot of action. I recomend this movie to everyone from grandparents to toddlers. A perfect movie to watch again and again. Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one awesome film just got even more awesome on dvd! got my copy tuesday morning, and was astounded by the sheer thrills and wonders of it all. nick cage, sean bean head a great cast, including diane kruger (troy) in a non stop thriller of a suspense what if flick! loved it from start to finish-and it's wondrous entertainment for the entire family. not to be missed, national treasure is a real keeper- to be seen over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fun to watch.....but should have been 30 minutes shorter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jerry Bruckheimer worked his movie magic once again in this wild ride of a movie. Nicholas Cage's performance was one of his personal bests and the cinematography was very, very good with great shots of the historical U.S. sites. Any action movie fan should buy this great film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I saw this in the theater and it was one of the best movies we've seen in a long time. From beginning to end, it was thoroughly entertaining. For those of you looking for a good family film, I would highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie was awsome! I think that you should watch it. It is a great movie. If there was a 1-10 star rateing, I would give it a 10. The movie has a great story, and is fun to watch with a friend, or your family. This exciting movie keeps you wanting to see more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a big treasure hunt that is great from start to finish. Staring Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight, Sean Bean and more this is possibly the best movie i have ever seen. It is very realistic and is a true success. The movie though seems to take a long time to find the treasure but it is worth the time. While some may say been there done that (because of the Indiana Jones movies) it has a twist, they are looking for a treasure left behind by the founding fathers. When they think the Declaration of Independence is there final clue, is only the first of many clues that leads them on a wild goose chase. This thriller is a must see movie and i highly recomend it to everyone. Have fun and enjoy the treasure hunt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great film! Nicholas Cage did a great job and his costar Justin Bartha did a fine job as the comic relief. My favorite scene is when Ben's Dad (Jon Voight) realizes he stole the Declaration of Independence and Riley, wearing yellow rubber dishwashing gloves points to Cage. Hysterical!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far my most favorite movie that is rated PG. It was a great movie for Nicholas Cage and the other stars in the film as well. It is action, slight romance, slight comedy, informal, and many other movie types all rolled into one, normally that would end up in a big explosive, boring movie, but not this time, NT is AWESOME!! I highly recommend you watch it, now!! You also learn little facts of history as you are watching the movie, though you don't realize it until you've seen it a couple times. Well, go get some popcorn and enjoy this movie already!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!! It's great mystery movie and has lots of action too. It's makes a person wonder at the end of the movie if there really is a national treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite movie of 2004. It was awesome. I like history and well with all the action, it was a great movie for someone like me. I think that
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie with a passion. It's a great action movie that's appropriate for the entire family. It's also pretty funny. I loved it. And for all you people who are hungry for more. There's also going to be a NATIONAL TREASURE 2 in 2007. I can't wait. See it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie and am a fan of nicholas cage I thought that justin bartha(rilly) was hallarious and wished that they would have mentioned more about how they made the movie but other than that i thought it was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So sick of the uber-sweet and dumbed-down movies for families. This is the perfect example of what a great family movie can be. I originally watched this on my own and have recommended it to EVERYONE. Its exciting enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, educational enough that you almost feel like you've learned something new, and light enough that the kids will love it. Oh, and no swearing or violence (really). A must have, whether you have a family or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a way, it reminded me a bit of The Da Vinci Code but made it in a lighter way for the family. Basically group of people on what's like the amazing race to the finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow,this movie has to be the best Nicolas Cage movie I have ever seen.It packs action with a history lesson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The exploration of the National Treasure is fascinating, but the characters are just awful and the mythology is off as well.