national treasure

the year: 2004

the genre: suspense

the cast: Nicolas Cage (Benjamin Franklin Gates); Diane Kruger (Abigail Chase); Justin Bartha (Riley Poole); Sean Bean (Ian Howe); Jon Voight (Patrick Gates); Harvey Keitel (adusky); Christopher Plummer (John Adams Gates)

the plot: Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who've all hunted for the same thing: a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben's close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also not far behind.

don't miss: the search engines of choice: good guys in the movie use Google and bad guys use Yahoo!.

watch for: Riley's disappearing/reappearing goatee.

extra bonus points: if you know the running time of the initial rough cut of the film.

did you know: The cities that the major action takes place in (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City) are three of the nine capital cities the United States has had in its history.

listen for: "Who wants to go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?"


Erika said...

I do enjoy this movie. One of my favorite lines comes as they traipse down said creepy tunnel inside the tomb. From one of the bad guys: "How come that never happens to me?"

Laney said...

This movie wouldn't have been as good without Riley. I love his randomness.

Scott said...

Sean Bean does suavely sinister so well. He's a necessary foil to Nicholas Cage's goofiness

Millie Motts said...

Answer: Director Jon Turteltaub says the initial rough cut was around four hours long.

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