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National Treasure [2004] (2 discs)

Director:Jon Turteltaub
Writer:Cormac Wibberley
Jim Kouf
Marianne Wibberley
Composer:Trevor Rabin
Length:131 minutes
(2 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Benjamin Franklin Gates sets out to save the Declaration of Independence by stealing it. Then he gets crazy.

Reaction: This is a fun movie. Comparisons with Indiana Jones are inevitable but unfair. Indy always has some kind of supernatural event, while this series attempts to be a bit more "realistic".

Personal Rating: 8/10

Jon Turteltaub => Director
Cormac Wibberley => Writer
Jim Kouf => Writer
Marianne Wibberley => Writer
Trevor Rabin => Composer
Annie Parisse => Agent Dawes
Arabella Field => Abigail's Secretary
Christopher Plummer => John Adams Gates
David Dayan Fisher => Shaw
Diane Kruger => Abigail Chase
Dior Raye => Gift Store Clerk
Don McManus => Dr. Stan Herbert
Erik King => Agent Colfax
Harvey Keitel => Sadusky
Hunter Gomez => Young Ben Gates
Jon Voight => Patrick Gates
Justin Bartha => Riley Poole
Nicolas Cage => Ben Gates
Sean Bean => Ian Howe
Sharon Wilkins => Butcher Lady
Yves Michel-Beneche => Museum Kid

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Diane Kruger did most of her own stunt work in the car chase scene.
  • While Gates is attempting to decipher the first clue on board the Charlotte, after Shaw suggests "Prison," Riley says, "Albuquerque. See, I can do it too. Snorkel." This is a reference to the 1998 'Weird Al' Yankovic song, {Albuquerque}, which talks about a man's journey to Albuquerque with his lucky snorkel.
  • During a press junket, when asked if he believed the treasure existed, Sean Bean replied, "It's probably in Sheffield," (his home town).
  • EASTER EGG: To see some hidden special features on the R2 DVD navigate to the logbook in the upper right corner of the main menu and press select to enter, then enter the code 405 and select the 'master code' for a list of all the special features available (some are otherwise only available in several hidden menus that must be found through mini-games on each menu).
  • On the DVD, director Jon Turteltaub says the initial rough cut was around four hours long.
  • Good guys in the movie use Google and bad guys use Yahoo! search engines.
  • In the DC segment during the planning stage of the burglary the movie cuts to an external shot of a building on the Potomac River - presumably where the bad guys are planning their attempt. This building is the Watergate Hotel.
  • As the camera pans through the treasure room we can see a statue of a black bird - an homage to The Maltese Falcon, which was another treasure hidden by a group of knights and sought after by several parties.
  • 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 inches) was rolled up for storage. So, it is likely that the notation was added simply as a label.
  • 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.