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Story

Nicolas Cage will star as Ben Franklin Gates, an archaeologist and adventurer looking for the legendary lost treasure of the Templar Knights, spurred on by the stories he was told as a young man by his grandfather, John Adams Gates, twenty years before. John tells Ben the secret hiding place for the treasure is encoded on the back of the Declaration of Independence, placed there by none other than the founders of the United States of America, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Ben's father, Patrick Henry Gates, is more than well aware that treasure hunting has been the curse of the Gates family, and has soured on the entire idea. With the help of his best friend and partner in crime, a sarcastic, thrill seeking computer expert named Riley Poole, Riley and his team careen from one grave predicament to another.

As an adult, Ben is contacted by Ian Howe, a rich British adventurer who also dreams of finding the lost treasure. When Ben learns Howe's intentions for the treasure are less than the best, Ben comes into contact with Dr. Abigail Chase, a pretty and young researcher involved in the preservation and display of the Declaration of Independence. At first, Abigail is skeptical of Ben and his wild stories. But when Howe and his henchmen break into the National Archives, Abigail starts to believe. Taking the Declaration to Ben, Abigail becomes a partner in this crazy scheme, as they try to outwit Howe, as well as a team of FBI Special Agents, lead by Agent Sadusky, charged with getting the Declaration back.

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending with optional director commentary
  • Opening Scene Animatic with optional director commentary
  • "National Treasure On Location"
  • "The Knights Templar" featurette
  • "Treasure Hunters Revealed" - Meet real life modern day treasure hunters
  • "Riley Poole's Decode This!" - an interactive puzzle solving feature

Cast

Nicolas CageBenjamin Franklin Gates
Diane KrugerAbigail Chase
Justin BarthaRiley Poole
Sean BeanIan Howe
Jon VoightPatrick Gates
Harvey KeitelSadusky
Christopher PlummerJohn Adams Gates
David Dayan FisherShaw
Stewart Finlay-McLennanPowell
Oleg TaktarovShippen
Stephen A. PopePhil (as Stephen Pope)
Annie ParisseAgent Dawes
Mark PellegrinoAgent Johnson
Armando RiescoAgent Hendricks
Erik KingAgent Colfax
Don McManusDr. Stan Herbert
Ron CanadaGuard Woodruff
Hunter GomezYoung Ben Gates
Deborah YatesRebecca
Arabella FieldAbigail's Secretary
Sharon WilkinsButcher Lady
Alexandra BalahoutisClothing Store Clerk
Dior RayeGift Store Clerk
Yves Michel-BenecheMuseum Kid
Jason EarlesThomas Gates
Terrence CurrierCharles Carroll
Rod McLachlanIndependence Hall Guide
Elizabeth GreenbergLiberty Bell Guide
Jody HalseFranklin Institute Guard
Liam NobleFranklin Institute Security
Joshua BittonTechnician (as Joshua Biton)
Michael RussoPopcorn Vendor (as Mike Russo)
Fern D. Baguidy Jr.Gala Guard
Thomas Q. MorrisJanitor
Antony AldaGuard Ferguson
John TravisGuard Mike|

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Historical, Espionage/Secret Ops
  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producer: Touchstone Pictures
  • Length: 2 hrs. 25 min.
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 24, 2004
    EuropeDec 26, 2004
    JapanMar 19, 2005
    AustraliaNov 25, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 20, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 3, 2005
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