Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Harvey Keitel, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Christopher Plummer, David Dayan Fisher, Stewart Finlay-McLennan, Oleg Taktarov, Stephen Pope, Annie Parisse
The Gates family has spent generations searching for a treasure originating with the Knights Templar and hidden by the founders of the United States. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) thinks he has finally found the item that will lead him to the treasure, directions hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. A group lead by wealthy Englishman Ian Howe (Bean) is also searching for the treasure and Gates decides to steal the Declaration of Independence and find the treasure before they do. Abigail Chase (Kruger) is the National Archives official protecting the Declaration of Independence. Gates must bypass her and steal the priceless and heavily guarded document in order to protect it from Howe’s group and find the hidden treasure. Through a brilliant subterfuge, Gates manages to obtain the document. With Abigail, the FBI, and Howe’s henchmen chasing after him, Gates hurries to decipher arcane clues left in historic landmarks. FBI agent Sadusky (Keitel) is persistent and menacing in his attempts to recover the stolen document. Gates forms an uneasy alliance with Abigail Chase and follows clues that lead to other clues to the location of the treasure. Cage plays Gates with a lack of flourish that adds to the story's credibility. Kruger has some of the wittiest lines and is totally appealing without revealing more than a bare shoulder. She is stunning in a black dress. The complex plot mixes history, adventure and romance as it races to a most satisfactory ending.