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Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight ... see more see more... , Harvey Keitel , Christopher Plummer , Hunter Gomez , Don McManus , David Dayan Fisher , Stewart Finlay-McLennan , Oleg Taktarov

Benjamin Franklin Gates is a third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to beco... read more read the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure's location right before our eyes--from our nation's birthplace, to the nation's capitol, to clues buried within the symbols on the dollar bill. Gates' life-long journey leads him to the last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the authorities, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary, decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.

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169 critics

DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005

Stats: 44,342 reviews

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  • December 8, 2013
  • July 29, 2012
    Fun, but terrible.
  • April 11, 2012
    Although technically the film wasn't very good (the acting was ok at best and the main plot details we pretty obvious) I had quite a lot of fun watching it. I was able to get into the story and it felt like I was going on this journey with them. I really liked the figuring out th... read moree riddles and the adventures and it seems this film is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's kind of a second rate Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons.
  • December 27, 2011
    This film is so much fun! I love History and the film is pretty exciting, and honestly, I can't complain with that. The script and acting is meh, but the movie is fun and characters are likable. I definitely recommend this one.
  • September 6, 2011
    NATIONAL TREASURE isn't great, but it's often a fun family action movie. I have to give it the benefit of the doubt, since I don't know if half of the information it presents is even factual (you can't expect anything like a documentary from Disney, anyway), but this is also ver... read morey flawed, complex, and way too long.
  • August 11, 2011
    A great Nicolas Cage movie filled with action and adventure :) :) :)
  • June 23, 2011
    I'm one of the only people who CAN'T stand this film. It's slow, poorly acted, and annoying. I didn't care for the characters once during the film.
  • May 30, 2011
    This movie was good, but no way near great. Nicolas Cage makes a lot of bad movies these days so its good to see him make a good movie for once. It had a good plot, the minor characters were boring. he action scenes were not needed, their treasure hunters, not John Mclain. In... read more the end its only worth one or two watches.
  • April 26, 2011
    National Treasure is an entertaining ripoff of Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code, a comparison that I've seen pretty much everywhere on the internet. National Treasure takes the best elements of both films, the puzzle solving from Da Vinci Code and the thrilling adventure from ... read moreIndiana Jones and waters it down for a family friendly oriented adventure. This film, obviously nothing original is still fun entertainment if you're in the mood for something silly. National Treasure is not everyones cup of tea, but it might appeal to fans of mindless action adventures. Nicholas Cage who is not that talented, gives a good enough performance that holds the film together. Cage plays Benjamin Gates a treasure hunter a la Indiana Jones who must race against his foe, Ian Howe (Sean Bean) to discover a treasure. Plot is simple enough, but it's still thrilling, and packed with intriguing. The film could have been better, but I was fairly entertained. The film has a decent enough cast alongside Cage and Bean. National Treasure is pure entertainment and though the film is silly and cliched, it manages to still be a good film. The film is a fun adventure picture that if you're in the right mood, you can forgive the fact that it's silly. But the thing is, the film is meant to be silly, and is meant to be cliched. Right off the bat you know that the formula used for National Treasure has been used before, used before and better done. In the end, its a popcorn adventure film, and it delivers the thrills even if its not absolutely perfect. A good film, but nothing truly great or spectacular.
  • April 11, 2011
    It's pure adrenaline-pumping movie enjoyment. A great entertainment ride that delivers. A spectacular first-rate adventure filled with pulse-pounding action, dazzling chases, gripping mystery, refreshing humor and non-stop fun. One incredibly exciting and exhilarating movie. You'... read morell be checking your pulse every step of the way. The cast is charming and satisfying. Nicolas Cage is terrific. Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Da Vinci code. A mixture of James Bond and Indiana Jones. A classic joy-ride that you will love to see again and again.

Critic Reviews

Trevor Johnston
June 24, 2006
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons. Full Review

Robert Abele
November 24, 2004
Robert Abele, L.A. Weekly

This movie is a fortune wasted. Full Review

Ed Park
November 23, 2004
Ed Park, Village Voice

National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises. Full Review

Richard Roeper
November 22, 2004
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

So bad on so many levels. Full Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 20, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher. Full Review

Calvin Wilson
November 19, 2004
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Taken simply as a popcorn flick, National Treasure has its pleasures. Full Review

Christopher Kelly
November 19, 2004
Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

The best cinematic comfort food you could ask for. Full Review

Mike Clark
November 19, 2004
Mike Clark, USA Today

Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines. Full Review

James Berardinelli
November 19, 2004
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

This infantile excuse for an adventure yarn plays more like a triple-cross between The DaVinci Code, CSI, and The Amazing Race than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Full Review

Gene Seymour
November 19, 2004
Gene Seymour, Newsday

Sluggish for a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but maybe the kids will learn something. Full Review

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    • Riley Poole: (To Ben) Can I marry your brain?
    • Riley Poole: For the record, Ben, I like the house.
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: You know, I chose this estate because in 1812 Charles Carroll met-
    • Riley Poole: Yeah, someone that did something in history and had fun. Great. Wonderful. Could have had a bigger house!
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: I'm so sorry I dropped you - I had to save the Declaration!
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: No, don't be. I would have done exactly the same to you.
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: Really?
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: Yeah
    • Riley Poole: I would've dropped you both! Freaks.
    • Patrick Henry Gates: And he dragged you two into this nonsense?
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: 'Literally'
    • Riley Poole: I volunteered!
    • Patrick Henry Gates: Well un-volunteer before you waste your life!
    • Agent Sadusky: So, here is your options: Door number one - you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two - we're going to get back the Declaration of Independence; you help us find it, and... you still go to prison for a very long time. But you'll feel better inside.
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: Is there a door that doesn't lead to prison?
    • Agent Sadusky: Someone's got to go to prison, Ben.
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: You have the original Silence Dogood letters? Steal those too?
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: They're scans of the originals, quiet please.
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: How did you get scans?
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: I know the person who has the originals, now shush!
    • Dr. Abigail Chase: Why do you need them?
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates: She really can't shut her mouth, can she? [offers her the Declaration] Look, I will let you hold this if you promise to *shut up*, please!

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