National Treasure : The Movie
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From Jerry Bruckheimer,
producer of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and Jon Turteltaub, director of
PHENOMENON, comes NATIONAL TREASURE. It's the thrilling,
edge-of-your-seat adventure starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage
(1995 Best Actor, LEAVING LAS VEGAS) as Benjamin Franklin Gates. Ever
since he was a boy, Gates has been obsessed with finding the legendary
Knights Templar Treasure, the greatest fortune known to man. As Gates
tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it,
he's dogged by a ruthless enemy (Sean Bean, THE LORD OF THE RINGS
trilogy) who wants the riches for himself. Now in a race against time,
Gates must steal one of America's most sacred and guarded documents --
the Declaration of Independence -- or let it, and a key clue to the
mystery, fall into dangerous hands. Heart-pounding chases, close calls,
and the FBI turn Gates's quest into a high-stakes crime caper and the
most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced.
Director(s) : Jon Turteltaub
Actors : Sean Bean - Nicolas Cage - Harvey Keitel - Diane
Kruger - Christopher Plummer - Jon Voight
- Alternate Ending With Optional
Director's Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scenes With Optional
Director's Audio Commentary
- "NATIONAL TREASURE On Location"
- "The Knights Templar" Featurette
- "Treasure Hunters Revealed"
- "Riley's Decode This!" Featurette
Plus 3 Puzzling Challenges
- Opening Scene Animatic With
Optional Director's Audio Commentary
- 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
- Closed Captioned
- Region 1
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
- French, Spanish Subtitles
Not many people can boast that they
were expelled from elementary school only to later find a career
that would provide a seven-figure salary, but Nicolas Cage is one of
the few so anointed. The nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola,
Cage changed his name so that his acting career would not be chalked
up to nepotism. He chose "Cage" out of admiration for avant-garde
musician John Cage, as well as for comic book hero Luke Cage. Even
if he had retained the family name, it's not likely that anyone
would consider Cage a slacker, holding fast to his uncle's
coattails. Stories abound concerning the extremes to which he will
go to "feel" his roles, not the least of which was the time he had a
tooth extracted without Novocaine in order to fully appreciate the
pain suffered by the wounded soldier he played in the 1984 film
Born January 7, 1964, in Long Beach,
CA, to a literature professor father and dancer/choreographer
mother, Cage first got into acting while a student at Beverly Hills
High School. After dropping out at the age of 17, he made his film
debut with a small part in Amy Heckerling's 1982 classic, Fast Times
at Ridgemont High. Following a lead role in 1983's Valley Girl, Cage
spent the remainder of the decade playing endearingly bizarre and
disreputable men, most notably in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986),
Raising Arizona (1987), and the same year's Moonstruck, the last of
which won him a Golden Globe nomination and a legion of female fans
ecstatic over the actor's unconventional romantic appeal.
The 1990s saw Cage take on a string
of diverse roles ranging from a violent ex-con in David Lynch's Wild
at Heart (1990) to a sweet-natured private eye in the romantic
comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) to a dying alcoholic in Mike Figgis'
astonishing Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. For this last role, Cage won
a Best Actor Oscar for his quietly devastating portrayal, and,
respectability in hand, gained an official entrance into Hollywood's
higher ranks. After winning his Oscar, along with a score of other
honors for his performance, Cage switched gears again, choosing to
star in a series of big-budget action films. 1996 saw him take the
lead in the Alcatraz thriller The Rock, and the following year he
made Con Air and John Woo's Face/Off, the latter of which attained
overwhelming critical as well as commercial success. 1998 marked
Cage's return to sentimental romance with his performance as a
love-struck angel in City of Angels, a remake of Wim Wenders' Wings
of Desire. Rejecting the possibility of continuity, Cage next made
the crime thriller 8MM (1999), in which he played a surveillance
expert investigating the suspicious death of an actress in the
underground porn industry. The same year, he starred as a burnt-out
paramedic in Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, sharing the
screen with such notables as then-real-life wife Patricia Arquette,
John Goodman, and Ving Rhames.
After a turn as a man who comes to
question his values and work ethic in the lightly dramatic romantic
comedy The Family Man in 2000, Cage moved back into action with Gone
in 60 Seconds before expanding his career in the newfound role of
producer to such films as Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Sonny (2001)
and, The Life of David Gale (also 2002). That same year also found
Cage in the role of romantic lead opposite Penelope Cruz in the
eagerly anticipated Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Long considered a
mainstream actor of decidedly quirky sensibilities, Cage cemented
this perception in teaming with Being John Malkovich director Spike
Jonze for a duel role in the complex comedy Adaptation (2002).
Appearing as both screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as well as his
fictional brother Donald, Adaptation found Cage detailing the
frustrated siblings' attempt to adapt author Susan Orlean's
seemingly unfilmable novel The Orchid Thief as a feature film. A
weighty role that demanded an actor capable of portraying characters
that couldn't differ more emotionally despite their outward
appearance, Adaptation found Cage recieving his second Oscar
nomination. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Birth name : Nicholas Kim Coppola
Birth Location : Long Beach, California, USA
Father August Coppola. Professor of comparative literature
Mother Joy Vogelsang. Dancer and choreographer
Wife Patricia Arquette. Actress
Son Weston, age eight. Mother Christina Fulton, actress.
Education: American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, CA
Regarded as one of the most versatile actors of our time, Nicolas
Cage is equally well known for his poignant portrayals in drama and
comedy. He earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, as well
as Best Actor Awards from the New York Critics Circle, the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the
National Board of Review for his performance as an alcoholic who
drinks himself to death in "Leaving Las Vegas."
In 1996 he starred opposite Sean Connery and Ed Harris in the
blockbuster action film "The Rock." This past summer he starred in
the hit action thrillers "Con Air" with John Cusack and John
Malkovich, and "Face/Off" with John Travolta. Following his work on
"City of Angels," Cage will star in "Snake Eyes" and "Superman
Lives," the latter for Warner Bros.
Among Cage's best-known films are "Moonstruck," "Wild at Heart,"
"Honeymoon in Vegas," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Vampire's Kiss,"
"Raising Arizona," "Valley Girl" and "Birdy."
Cage was born in Long Beach,
California, and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco
when he was 12. He began acting at age 15 when he enrolled in San
Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where he appeared in the
school's production of "Golden Boy." He later moved to Los Angeles
and, while still a high school student, landed a role in the
television film "The Best of Times." He made his feature-film debut
in "Rumble Fish."
Adaptation (2002) .... Charlie and Donald Kaufman
Windtalkers (2002) .... Sgt. Joe Enders
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) (voice) .... Jacob Marley
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) .... Captain Antonio Corelli
Family Man, The (2000) .... Jack Campbell
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) .... Randall "Memphis"
Con Air (1997) .... Cameron Poe
Rock, The (1996) .... Dr. Stanley Goodspeed
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) .... Ben Sanderson
Kiss of Death (1995) .... Little Junior Brown
Century of Cinema, A (1994) .... Himself
Guarding Tess (1994) .... Doug Chesnic
It Could Happen to You (1994) .... Charlie Lang
Trapped in Paradise (1994) .... Bill Firpo
Deadfall (1993) .... Eddie
Amos & Andrew (1993) .... Amos Odell
Red Rock West (1992) .... Michael Williams
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) .... Jack Singer
Zandalee (1991) .... Johnny
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990)
(TV) .... Heartbreaking Man
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch (1990) (TV)
Tempo di uccidere (1990) .... Enrico Silvestri
Wild at Heart (1990) .... Sailor Ripley
Fire Birds (1990) .... Jake Preston
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "City of Angels" (Best
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Snake Eyes" (Best Actor)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Con Air" (Best Actor)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Face/Off" (Best Actor)
1998 MTV Movie Award for "Face/Off"
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "The Rock" (Best Actor)
1997 MTV Movie Award for "The Rock"
1996 Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas"
1996 Golden Globe for "Leaving Las Vegas"
1996 Screen Actors Guild Award for "Leaving Las Vegas"
1995 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for "Leaving Las
1995 National Society of Film Critics award for "Leaving Las Vegas"
1995 New York Film Critics Circle Award for "Leaving Las Vegas"
1995 Silver Seashell Award of San Sebastian International Film
Festival for "Leaving Las Vegas"
Shaun Mark Bean (born
He worked for his father's
welding firm before becoming an actor. He made his acting debut
Watermill Theatre in
Romeo and Juliet. He is best known for his role as the
Boromir in the
Lord of the Rings movie series and, in the
United Kingdom, as
Richard Sharpe in the
Sharpe. His popularity in the Sharpe series was made into an
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Other
notable appearances include as an
terrorist in the
film adaptation of
Patriot Games, and as a
Bond villain in
GoldenEye. Bean also featured in
music video "We Are All Made of Stars".
He has been married and divorced three times, and has three
daughters: Lorna, Molly and Evi.
- The Island (2005) .... as Merrick
- Pride (TV movie) (2004) .... as
- National Treasure (2004) .... Ian
- Troy (2004) .... as Odysseus
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King (2003) .... as Boromir
- Henry VIII (TV movie) (2003) ....
as Robert Aske
- The Big Empty (2003) .... as
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers (2002) (uncredited) .... as Boromir (extended edition)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers (video game) (2002) (archive footage) .... as Boromir
- Equilibrium (movie) (2002) .... as
- Lord of the Piercing (TV
movie)(2002) (TV) (archive footage) .... as Boromir
- Tom & Thomas (2002) .... as Paul
- The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring (2001) .... as Boromir
- Don't Say a Word (2001) .... as
- Essex Boys (2000) .... as Jason
- Extremely Dangerous (TV movie)
(1999) .... as Neil Byrne
- Bravo Two Zero (1999) .... as Andy
- The Canterbury Tales (1998)
- Ronin (1998) .... as Spence
- Airborne (movie) (1998) .... as
- Sharpe: The Legend (1997) .... as
- When Saturday Comes (1996) .... as
- In Search of James Bond with
Jonathan Ross (1995) .... as 006
- GoldenEye (1995) .... as Alec
- Patriot Games (1992) .... as Sean
Compiled from various sites
|Diane Kruger (born July 15,
1976 near Hildesheim, Germany) is a German model and actress. She
started her career as a dancer in London when she was still young,
but after an injury she changed her mind and went to Paris to become
a model at the age of 15. After a while Diane became interested in
acting and soon landed small appearances. She then changed her last
name from the original 'Heidkrüger' to 'Kruger' to support her
Hollywood career. Since 2001 Diane is married with the French actor
She is best known for
portraying Helen in the movie Troy.
After completing studies at
Wesleyan University and a master's degree from the USC film school,
Turteltaub, son of veteran TV writer-producer Saul Turteltaub,
gained some experience on the small screen. He worked on several ABC
specials and pilots and was involved briefly with the Nickelodeon
sitcom, "Salute Your Shorts". In 1990 Turteltaub made his feature
writing and directorial debut, "Think Big", and followed up with
another minor action comedy, "Driving Me Crazy" (1991), which he
Turteltaub began a successful
collaboration with Disney Studios and had a surprisingly popular
film on his hands with "3 Ninjas" (1992), a routine but harmless
children's comedy adventure which marked a breakthrough
collaboration between the US and South Korea in the production of a
film. Action and comedy met once again for Turteltaub in his next
film, the sleeper smash "Cool Runnings" (1992). Word of mouth helped
sell this feel-good comedy about a Jamaican bobsled team, and the
same audience response helped propel his Disney followup, the less
boisterous romantic comedy, "While You Were Sleeping" (1995), which
fully established Sandra Bullock as a film star and Bill Pullman as
a romantic lead. While his first batch of films had been fun, but
some might say frothy, Turteltaub took on a film with a slightly
more substantial center with "Phenomenon" (1996), in which John
Travolta played a man struck by lightning who not only becomes a
genius because of it, but learns about humanity as well.
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Format: Color, Closed-captioned,
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
- Available subtitles: English,
- Available Audio Tracks: English
(Dolby Digital 5.1), French
- Deleted Scenes and Alternate
Ending with optional director commentary
- Opening Scene Animatic with
optional director commentary
- "National Treasure On Location"
- "The Knights Templar" featurette
- "Treasure Hunters Revealed" - Meet
real life modern day treasure hunters
- "Riley Poole's Decode This!" - an
interactive puzzle solving feature
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
--This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.
There's a pretty good gimmick with these DVD
extras aimed squarely at the pre-teen/early teen audience that ate
up this film. Each of the extras (a standard making-of featurette,
an alternate ending, and an interesting deleted scene) is followed
by a clue afterwards. Decipher the clues and unlock the next set of
extras: a nice bit on real treasure hunters, an awful piece on the
Knights Templar, and one gem for kids: "Riley Poole's Decode this!"
Actor Justin Bartha reprises his role (Nic Cage's techno-sidekick)
and lectures a bit on the cooler side of language history and
code-breaking with a few simple interactive games. If you get
through it all, you unlock a hidden feature, a trivia track.
Thankfully, those who do not want to go on the treasure hunt can
access these features by reading the printed insert. Also
thankfully, director Jon Turteltaub's enthusiasm always makes DVD
extras more watchable than most. --Doug Thomas
Quotes from National Treasure
Riley Poole: Who wants to go down the
creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?
Trivia about National Treasure
Riley Poole: It's surrounded by guards... video monitors... and
little kids on their eighth grade field trips.
Dr. Abigail Chase: So, you believe that there is a treasure on the
Benjamin Franklin Gates: On the back of the Declaration of
Dr. Abigail Chase: I'd like to see your proof.
pauses to look at Riley, who shakes head no
Dr. Abigail Chase: And who took it? Bigfoot?
Ben Gates: I'm in a little trouble.
Patrick Gates: Is she pregnant?
Riley Poole: Of course not.
Ben Gates: If she is would you leave the mother of your grandchild
out in the cold?
Patrick Gates: Come in.
Abigail Chase: You're treasure hunters, aren't you?
Ben Gates: We're more like treasure protectors.
Ben Gates: Do you trust me?
Abigail Chase: Yes.
referring to the underground staircase
Ben Gates: The same way the built the pyramids
Riley Poole: Right... the aliens helped them
said several times
Riley Poole: Let me just take in this moment. Is this how you feel
all the time? I mean, other than now.
Abigail Chase: What do you see?
Ben Gates: 2:22.
Riley Poole: No we didn't. We didn't miss it because... you don't
know this? I know something about history that you don't know.
Ben Gates: I'd be very interested to learn about it Riley.
Riley Poole: Hold on one second let me just take in this moment.
This is cool. Is this how you feel all the time? Well, except now.
Abigail Chase: Riley!
Riley Poole: Alright! What I know is that day light savings wasn't
established until world war 1. If it's 3pm now that means that in
1776 it would be 2pm.
Ben Gates: Riley you're a genius.
hugs the statue
Riley Poole: Are we there yet? I'm hungry. This car smells weird.
Ian Howe: He's got the bloody map.
Dr. Abigail Chase: Are you crying Riley?
Riley Poole: Oh, look. Stairs.
Ben Gates: We have to steal The Declaration of Independence!
Patrick Gates: The status quo has changed.
Sadusky: Door number one, you go to prison for a very long time.
Door number two, we get the Declaration back and you go to prison
for a very long time.
Benjamin Franklin Gates: Is there another door that doesn't involve
me going to prison?
Sadusky: Someone has to go to prison, Ben.
Patrick Gates: I'm the family kook- I have a job, a house, health
Butcher Lady: If you're not a steak, you don't belong here.
Dr. Abigail Chase: I'm just trying to hide from my ex-husband.
Dr. Abigail Chase: Yeah.
Butcher Lady: I said, "Do you want something?"
speaking through headset
looking in mirror
Riley Poole: Mazel tov!
Benjamin Franklin Gates: If there's something wrong, those who have
the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.
paraphrasing Thomas Edison, about invention of light bulb
listening to Abigail over Ben's wire connection
Ben Gates: This is the preservation room. Do you know what they keep
in the preservation room?
Riley Poole: Delicious jams and jellies?
Dr. Abigail Chase: Literally
Riley Poole: I volunteered
Riley Poole: Will someone please explain to me what these magic
Ian Howe: Tell me what I need to know Ben
Benjamin Franklin Gates: I'm so sorry I dropped you, I had to get
Abigail Chase: It's ok, I would've dropped you too.
Benjamin Franklin Gates: You would?
Abigail Chase: Yeah.
Riley Poole: And I would've dropped you both! Freaks.
- Before the movie got its rating,
it was under the Touchstone Pictures banner (which is part of
Disney). When the film got its rating (which is PG), it was then
put under the Walt Disney Pictures banner, as it is clear that it
is a more family-friendly movie.
- Although the exteriors of
Independence Hall were shot on location, the interiors were done
at the Independence Hall replica at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena
Park, California during December 2003.
- The last name on Security Guard
Mike's jacket is Hawk.
- 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 293/4 inches by 24½ inches)
was rolled up for storage. So, it is likely that the notation was
added simply as a label.
- 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 Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the
Treasury under Abraham Lincoln.
- As the camera pans through the
treasure room we can see a statue of a black bird - an homage to
_Maltese Falcon, The (1941)_ which was another treasure hidden by
a group of knights and sought after by several parties.
- The screenwriting team of Terry
Rossio and Ted Elliott (I) were hired by producer Jerry
Bruckheimer to do an uncredited script polish for the movie.
- On the DVD, director Joe
Turtletaub says the initial rough cut was around four hours long.