National Treasure

National Treasure

4.5 67
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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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Disc One:; 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; Opening scene animatic with optional director's audio commentary; Four featurette gems:; "National Treasure on Location"; "The Knights Templar"; "Treasure Hunters Revealed"; "Riley's Decode This!" - Plus 3 puzzling challenges; Disc two:; All-new bonus features!; Additional deleted scenes with intros by director Jon Turteltaub; A treasure trove of featurettes:; "Ciphers, Codes & Codebreakers"; "On the Set of American History"; "To Steal a National Treasure"; "Exploding Charlotte"

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

Disc #1 -- National Treasure
1. The Legend of the Treasure [:00]
2. The Charlotte [:00]
3. Meeting With Dr. Chase [:00]
4. Making a Plan [:00]
5. The Setup [:00]
6. The Gala [:00]
7. Getting Found Out [:01]
8. We Need Those Letters [:00]
9. Examing the Document [:00]
10. Philadelphia [:00]
11. The Ocular Device [6:34]
12. Ian Has the Map [15:43]
13. The USS Intrepid [6:31]
14. Making a Deal With Ian [2:25]
15. Beneath Parkington Lane [4:29]
16. Ian Leaves Them Behind [10:07]
17. Could It Really Be That Simple? [8:31]
18. Somebody Has to Go to Prison [3:51]
19. End Credits [2:47]

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