National TreasureNovember 19, 2004
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
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
Benjamin Franklin Gates
John Adams Gates
David Dayan Fisher
Stephen A. Pope
(as Stephen Pope)
The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.
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
Opening Weekend: $35,142,554
(21 November 2004)
(2 June 2005)
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.
Young Ben Gates:
John Adams Gates:
You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
Take "National Treasure" for what it is.
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.