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National Treasure

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Walt Disney Pictures Released 2004

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Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG

The Gates family lineage is that of treasure hunters, and Benjamin is no exception. Setting out on an expedition to the arctic funded by Ian Howe, Gates and his partner Riley Poole are in search of a treasure hidden by the founding fathers of the United States. Howe traps Gates and Poole in the arctic revealing he will stop at nothing to find the treasure. Gates and Poole eventually escape, discovering Howe plans to steal the Declaration of Independence in order to use the map hidden on the back of it to find the treasure. Gates attempts to warn the authorities including FBI agent Peter Sadusky and Dr. Abigail Chase. After they dismiss his claims, Gates shows up with the intention of stealing the Declaration himself. Gates succeeds in stealing the document, leading to a chase across the United States of America. Following clue after clue, Gates, Poole, and Chase are tailed by both Howe and the FBI in search of the treasure.

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    National Treasure is as doggedly hokey and ham-handed as a Disneyland ride.

  • 50

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Tries to combine the suspense of old Saturday morning serials with the gusto of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's action pics. Falling short on both counts, this long, and long-winded, ...

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If National Treasure mattered at all, you might call it a national disgrace, but this piece of flotsam is so inconsequential that it amounts to little more than a piece of Hollywoo...

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    • Production Budget - $100,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $173,008,894 (9th)
      Worldwide Gross - $347,512,318 (11th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $227,335,358
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $456,634,543

    • Other Production Companies:
      Jerry Bruckheimer Films
      Junction Entertainment
      Saturn Films
      Buena Vista
      (distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. The clues are right in front of your eyes.
      2. The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.
      3. In order to break the code, one man will have to break all the rules.

    • Filming locations include:
      DAR - Memorial Continental Hall, District of Columbia
      First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, California
      Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California
      Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia
      Los Angeles, California
      New York City, New York
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Trinity Church, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      U.S.S. Intrepid, New York City, New York
      Utah
      Washington, District of Columbia

    • Music:
      String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 in E Flat ('The Joke')
      Written by Joseph Haydn
      Performed by The Lindsays
      String Quartet in A Major Movement No. 3
      Written by Joseph Haydn
      Give It Up
      Written by Sam Means, Nate Ruess
      Performed by The Format
      Forget It
      Written by Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fincke, Jeremy Hummel, Mark James Klepaski, Billy Corgan
      Performed by Breaking Benjamin
      Dreaming
      Written by Norbert Pawlicki, Hans Salomon

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