National Treasure (film)

National Treasure
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Turteltaub
Screenplay by
Story by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyCaleb Deschanel
Edited byWilliam Goldenberg
Music byTrevor Rabin
Production
companies
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19)
Running time
131 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million[1]
Box office$347.5 million[1]

National Treasure is a 2004 American action-adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf and the Wibberleys, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub. It is the first film in the National Treasure film series and stars Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, and Christopher Plummer.

Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a huge lost treasure of precious metals, jewelry, artwork, statues, and many other historic artifacts accumulated over time, becoming a massive stockpile. All of it was eventually hidden away by American Freemasons during the American Revolutionary War. A coded, unseen map, placed on the back of the Declaration of Independence points to the secret location of this "national treasure", but Gates is not alone in his quest: Whoever can steal the Declaration, find the map, and decode it first, will discover the greatest treasure ever accumulated in history.

National Treasure was released worldwide on November 19, 2004. The film grossed $347 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the action scenes, entertainment value, and acting performances, but criticized the premise and screenplay. A sequel, titled National Treasure: Book of Secrets, was released in December 2007.

  1. ^ a b "Box office statistics for National Treasure (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2007..

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