National Treasure (2005)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 3 mins

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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.
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Cast: Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Nicolas Cage

Crew: Jon Turteltaub (Director), Caleb Deschanel (Director of Photography), Trevor Rabin (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery

Release Dates: 21 Jan 2005 (India)

Tagline: The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.

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Did you know? The cities that the major action takes place in (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City) are three of the nine capital cities the United States has had in its history. Read More
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as Abigail Chase
as Riley Poole
as Benjamin Franklin Gates
as Agent Dawes
as Agent Hendricks
as John Adams Gates
as Dr. Stan Herbert
as Sadusky
as Young Ben Gates
as Thomas Gates
as Patrick Gates
as Agent Johnson
as Shippen
as Guard Woodruff
as Ian Howe
as Butcher Lady
as Charles Carroll


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.
In order to break the code, one man will have to break all the rules.
The clues are right in front of your eyes.
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Abigail and Riley notice two of Ian's thugs chasing them, Riley says, "Time to run", but his lips do not move.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When the FBI agents enter his father's home (finding his father tied up), the agents enter through the front door, and presenting handguns. What you hear is a click like a safety being released on a pistol. They're carrying Glocks. There is no external safety release on a Glock.

Character Error
Throughout the movie, it is said the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, when in fact, it was only adopted on that day. It was not actually engrossed on parchment, and signed until August 2nd, 1776. The copy that was signed on July 4th was a "rough journal" as it was called, and then only signed by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress and Charles Thomson, the Secretary.

Character Error
When Ben is hiding from Abigail in the gift shop, he ends up buying a Declaration replica using his credit card. Throughout this scene, Riley is known to be listening in to Ben's conversations, so he would have heard at least Ben's side of that transaction. Yet later when discussing their options in the park, Riley expresses surprise about the credit card transaction.

Character Error
Abigail's password into the preservation room is supposed to be VALLEYFORGE, an eleven letter password. When she enters her password, she only types eight characters, one being an N and one being the space bar, neither of which are found in VALLEYFORGE. This goof was rumored to have been fixed in the DVD release, but is intact on the Blu-Ray version.

When Ben hands Abigail the champagne glass, she holds it near the bottom. When Ben is in the bathroom testing her fingerprints, the prints are near the top of the glass.

The length (and even existence) of Riley's goatee varies throughout the movie.

When Riley is first shown in the treasure room looking at the "big... bluish-green man with a strange looking goatee", there is already a smudge in the dust on the chest of the statue. The scene cuts to Riley, then back to the him and the statue. The statue now has an even layer of undisturbed dust with no smudge. Riley then hugs the statue and his cheek rests on the chest of the statue. He is not shown moving away from the statue, but the smudge could have only been left by his cheek.

Errors in Geography
After Ben and Riley leave the National Archives, they are next seen on the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial continuing their conversation. The Lincoln Memorial is at least 2 miles from the National Archives, and at least 1 mile from any subway station. It seems very unlikely that they would have had no substantial conversation on the long walk.

Errors in Geography
When Riley goes down into the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stop to tap the security system, the train passing behind him is clearly a New York subway train and not a DC Metro train.
Good guys in the movie use Google and bad guys use Yahoo! search engines.

The movie suggests that something is written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. It is true that something is written on its back. The writing on the back of the Declaration of Independence reads: "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" and it appears on the bottom of the document, upside down. While no one knows for certain who wrote it, it is known that early in its life, the large parchment document (it measures 29 3/4 inches by 24 ½ inches) was rolled up for storage. So, it is likely that the notation was added simply as a label.

The water in the reflecting pool in front of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in the scene where Ben and Riley are talking on the steps was digitally added later because the water drained for maintenance at the time of filming.

Diane Kruger did most of her own stunt work in the car chase scene.

Ben, Patrick, and John Gates were all named after founding fathers (Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and John Adams). Abigail Chase is a combination of Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, and Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and later an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The movie includes footage from the very first filming ever allowed in the tower of Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

The cities that the major action takes place in (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City) are three of the nine capital cities the United States has had in its history.

Sadusky wears a tie with the United States Marine Corps insignia during the film. Harvey Keitel who plays Sadusky served with the Marines prior to becoming an actor.

The Liberty Bell shown in the movie was actually made of styrofoam. The movie was shot a few days before the Liberty Bell was put in. This is proven by the fact that protective shades were installed in the observation window when the bell was installed. In the movie Ian looks exactly where the shades are supposed to be if the real bell was there.

Along with the Gates family all being named after founding fathers, Ian's last name is Howe, the last name of two brothers who were a British general and an admiral in the Revolutionary War.

When Gates is purchasing a replica Declaration of Independence in the gift shop, on the counter next to the register is a stack of books for sale. The book is "The Secret Architecture of our Nation's Capital" by David Ovason and is about the Masons and the building of Washington DC. Ovason also wrote "Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill", and US currency is used as one of the clues in the film.

Abigail Chase claims she's from Saxony in Germany when Gates first meets her. Diane Kruger is in fact from Germany, but from the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), not Saxony.

When Ben is copying the encryption on the back of the declaration, the two numbers that he is actually shown writing are 7-4 and 7-2. July 2, 1776 is the date that the continental congress agreed upon independence from Britain and July 4 is the date that Thomas Jefferson's resolution was accepted and signed.

During a press junket, when asked if he believed the treasure existed, Sean Bean replied, "It's probably in Sheffield," (his home town).