Director: Jon Turtletaub
Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliot, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sean Bean, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Don McManus
Released: November 25, 2004
Rating: (PG)
Runtime: 131 minutes
Story: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub have teamed up to bring a fresh adventure story which traverses from 2,000-year-old mysteries to a daring high-tech heist, as the action unfolds against the backdrop of America's most famous monuments and landmarks.
From the secrets of America's past comes this action-packed modern-day treasure hunt. Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, who has spent his whole life searching for a fortune few dare to believe exists. This is the legendary Knights Templar Treasure, rumored to be the most awesome bounty in human history, and hidden somewhere in America. For six generations, the Gates family has chased after clues left behind by America's Founding Fathers and scoured the nation in search of the treasure.
Now the maverick Ben Gates has made a breakthrough. At last, he knows where the ultimate hint to the treasure's location lies: a hidden map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. As knowledge of the map spreads to a ruthless adversary, Ben is faced with a terrible dilemma. Either Ben must be first to steal America's most sacred document - one guarded by the most sophisticated security in the world - or let it fall into dangerous hands.
In a race against time, his rivals and the authorities, Gates teams together with his tech-whiz friend Riley and the alluring, but unwitting, National Archives conservator Abigail Chase to accomplish the unthinkable. Will they succeed in pulling off one of the most ambitious heists of all time? Will the Declaration of Independence lead Ben closer to the treasure? In one twisting, turning cliffhanger after another - from the ventilation shafts of the National Archives to the catacombs beneath New York City - the answers are revealed as Ben Gates unlocks the mystery behind America's greatest "National Treasure".
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 Pope Phil
Annie Parisse Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco Agent Hendricks
Erik King Agent Colfax