DVD 131 mins IMDB 6.8 (24,725 votes)
PG
National Treasure
Disney / Buena Vista (2004)
In Collection
#248

My Rating:
7

Seen It:
Yes
(March 2005 )
Action, Adventure
USA  /  English

Nicolas Cage Ben Gates
Diane Kruger Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha Riley Poole
Sean Bean Ian Howe
Jon Voight Patrick Gates
Harvey Keitel Sadusky
Christopher Plummer John Adams Gates
David Dayan Fisher Shaw
Stewart Finlay-McLennan Powell
Oleg Taktarov Shippen
Stephen A. Pope Phil (as Stephen Pope)
Annie Parisse Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco Agent Hendricks
Erik King Agent Colfax

Director Jon Turteltaub
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Jon Turteltaub
Writer Jim Kouf; Oren Aviv; Cormac Wibberley; Charles Segars; Marianne Wibberley
Cinematography Caleb Deschanel
Musician Trevor Rabin; Jeanette Surga
User Credit 1 William Goldenberg
User Credit 2 Judianna Makovsky

Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids, National Treasure offers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels, and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it's fun hokum, and that makes all the difference. --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Barcode 786936242928
Region Region 1
Release Date 5/3/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Alternate Ending with optional director's audio commentary
Deleted scenes with optional director's audio commentary
"National Treasure On Location" Making-Of Featurette
"the Knights Templar" Featurette
"Treasure Hunters Revealed" Featurette
"Riley's Decode This!" Featurette plus 3 puzzling challenges
Opening scene animatic with optional Director's audio commentary
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Action violence and some scary images.
User Text 2 The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.
Links IMDB
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Notes
Trivia: 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 Supreme Court associate judge. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: Several times during the underground sequence, we see one character or another clear spider webs out of the way by pushing through them with a torch, causing them to melt and dissolve out of the way. Real spider webs burn when exposed to flame and webs as dense as those shown would have displayed considerable crackling and smoking as they burned up. (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
Young Ben Gates: Grandpa!
John Adams Gates: You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that.
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Awards: 1 win & 7 nominations (more)