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|Benjamin Franklin Gates: You know, Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2,000 times to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb. And when asked about it, he said "I didn't fail; I found out 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb," but he only needed one way to make it work.|
Note : Nicholas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates
[In 1976. John Adams Gates tells the story of a mysterious treasure to a young Ben Gates]
John Adams Gates: OK, here we go. It was 1832, on a night much like this. Charles Carroll was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a member of a secret society known as the Masons, and... he knew he was dying. He woke up his stable boy in the middle of the night and ordered him to take him to the White House to see Andrew Jackson because it was very urgent that he speak to the President.
Ben Gates: Did he talk to him?
John Adams Gates: No. He never got the chance.The President wasn't there that night, but Charles Carroll had a secret. So he took into his confidence the one person he could: my grandfather's grandfather, Thomas Gates.
Ben Gates: What was his secret?
John Adams Gates: A treasure! A treasure beyond all imagining. A treasure that had been fought over for centuries by tyrants, pharaohs, emperors, warlords. And every time it changed hands, it grew larger. And then, suddenly, [snaps his fingers] it vanished. It didn't reappear for more than a thousand years when knights from the First Crusade found hidden vaults beneath the Temple of Solomon. You see, the knights who found the vaults believed that the treasure was too great for any one man, not even a king. They brought the treasure back to Europe and took the name... the Knights Templar. Over the next century, they smuggled it out of Europe and formed a new brotherhood known as the Freemasons, in honor of the builders of the Great Temple. War followed. By the time of the American Revolution, the treasure had been hidden again. By then, the Masons came to include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere. They knew they had to make sure the treasure would never fall into the hands of the British, so they devised a series of clues and maps to its location. Over time the clues were lost or forgotten, until only one remained. And that was the secret that Charles Carroll entrusted to young Thomas Gates.
Charles Carroll: Charlotte.
John Adams Gates: "The secret lies with Charlotte."
Ben Gates: Who's Charlotte?
John Adams Gates: Oh! Not even Mr. Carroll knew that. Look here, Ben. The Freemasons among our Founding Fathers left us clues [takes out one-dollar bill] like these. The unfinished pyramid, the all-seeing eye. Symbols of the Knights Templar, guardians of the treasure. They are speaking to us through these.
Patrick Gates: You mean laughing at us. You know what that dollar represents: the entire Gates family fortune. Six generations of fools... chasing after fool's gold.
John Adams Gates: It's not about the money, Patrick. It's never been about the money!
Patrick Gates: Come on, son. Time to go. You can say your goodbyes.
Note : Christopher Plummer as John Adams Gates, Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates, Terrence Currier as Charles Carroll and Jon Voight as Patrick Gates
(Sadusky and Ben discuss the reward for finding the treasure)
Agent Sadusky: And what about you.
Ben: I'd really love not to go to prison. I can't even describe how much I would love not to go to prison.
Saudusky: Someone's got to go to prison Ben.
Ben: Well if you have a helicopter, I think I can help with that.
(At the Old North Church Ian and his men break in only to be surronded and arrested by the FBI. Saudusky steps out)
Saudusky: Your under arrest Mr. Howe. We've got you on kidnapping, attempted murder and trespassing on government property.
(Ian sighs and looks to a nearby doorway where Ben appears and give him a smug shrug)
Note : Harvey Keitel as Sadusky and Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates
Ian: [about the Declaration of Independence] We could borrow it.
Ben: Steal it? I don't think so.
Ian: Ben, the treasure of the Knights Templar is the treasure of all treasures.
Ben: Oh, I didn't know that. Really?
Ian: Look, Ben... I understand your bitterness. I really do. You've spent your entire life searching for this treasure,only to have the respected historical community treat you and your family with mockery and contempt. You should be able to rub this treasure in their arrogant faces, and I want you to have the chance to do that.
Ian: We all have our areas of expertise. You don't think mine are limited to writing checks, do you? In a life, I've arranged several operations of questionable legality.
Shaw: I'd take his word for it if I was you.
Ian: So don't worry. I'll make all the arrangements.
Ian: I could really use your help here.
Ben: Ian, I'm not going to let you steal the Declaration of Independence.
Ian: Alright. From this point on, all you're going to be is a hindrance. [signals Shaw to ready gun to which Ben nervously laughs]
Ben: What are you going to do? Are you going to shoot me, Shaw? Well, you can't shoot me. There's more to the riddle; information you don't have, I do. I'm the only one who can solve it.
Shaw: He's bluffing.
Ben: We play poker together, Ian. You know I can't bluff.
Ian: Tell me what I need, or I'll shoot your friend. [Shaw points gun at Riley]
Ian: Quiet, Riley. Your job's finished here.
[Ben lights flare, Shaw turns gun back to Ben and looks astonished along with Ian]
Ben: Look where you're standing. All that gunpowder. You shoot me, I drop this, we all go up.
Ian What happens when the flare burns down? [Ben looks questionably] You just tell me what I need to know.
Ben: You need to know... If Shaw can catch.
[throws flare, Riley squints scared, Ian catches it before it hits gunpowder]
Ian: Nice try, though. [coat sleeve catches on fire and drops flare on gunpowder]
Note : Sean Bean as Ian Howe and Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates
Riley Poole: OK Ben. Pay attention. I've brought you to the Library of Congress. Why? Because it's the biggest library in the world. Over twenty million books, and they're all saying the same exact thing: listen to Riley. What we have here is an entire layout of the Archives: sort of builder's blueprints. We've got construction manuals, phone lines, water and sewage. It's all right here. [Riley continues in voiceover as the camera moves around the archives] Now, when the Declaration is on display, it is surrounded by guards...and video monitors... and little families from Iowa... and little kids on their eighth grade field trip. And underneath an inch of bulletproof glass is an army of sensors and heat monitors if someone gets too close with a high fever. Now, when it's not on display, it is lowered into a four foot thick concrete, steel-plated vault that happens to be equipped with a electronic combination lock and biometric access-denial systems.
Ben Gates: You know, Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2,000 times to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb.
Riley Poole: Edison?
Ben Gates: And when asked about it, he said "I didn't fail; I found out 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb," but he only needed one way to make it work. [sets down a book in front of Riley] The Preservation Room. Enjoy. Go ahead. Do you know what the preservation room is for?
Riley Poole: Delicious jams and jellies?
Ben Gates: No, that's where they clean, repair, and maintain all the documents and their storage housings when they are not on display of in the vault. Now, when the case needs work, they take it out of the vault and directly across the hall and into the Preservation Room. The best time for us or Ian to steal it would be during the gala this weekend, when the guards are distracted by the VIPs upstairs; but we'll make our way to the Preservation Room, where there is much less security.
Riley Poole: Well...uh...Ian...Preservation, hmmmm. Oh this might be possible.
Ben Gates: It might.
Note : Justin Bartha as Riley Poole and Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates
[Abigail is freaking out, thinking that Ian has the Declaration]
Ben: They don't have it.
[Pulls the Declaration out to show her]
Ben: See, now can you please stop shouting?
Abigail: Just give me the Declaration!
Ben: You're still shouting. And it's really starting to annoy. You would do well, Dr. Chase, to be a bit more civilized in this instance.
Abigail: If that's the real Declaration, what did they get?
Ben: A souvenir. I thought it might be a good idea to have a duplicate, turns out I was right. Actually, I had to pay for the real one and the duplicate, so you owe me $35, plus tax.
Abigail: Verdammt! Give me that!
Ben: You know something? You're shouting again.
Riley: I'm pretty sure she was swearing, too.
Ben: Well, I probably deserved that.
Abigail: What do you see?
Abigail: What time is it now?
Clothing Store Clerk: Almost 3.
Abigail: [sighs] We missed it.
Riley: 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: I'd be very excited to learn about it, Riley.
Riley: Hold on one second, let me just take in this moment. [takes a deep breath] This is cool. Is this how you feel all the time? Well, except now, of course--
Riley: All right! What I know is that daylight savings wasn't established until World War I. If it's 3 p.m. now that means that in 1776 it would be 2 p.m.
Ben: Riley, you're a genius.
Riley: Do you actually know who the first person to come up with the idea of daylight savings time was?
Abigail and Ben: Benjamin Franklin.
[Riley stomps his foot in disappointment]
Note : Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates, Diane Kruger as Abigail Chase and Justin Bartha as Riley Poole
Ian: Hello, Ben. How are you?
Ben: Um, chained to a desk.
Ian: Sorry to hear that. I want you to meet me on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid. You know where that is?
Ben: New York.
Ian: Meet me there at ten o'clock tomorrow morning. And bring those glasses you found at Independence Hall. Yeah, I know about the glasses. We can take a look at the Declaration, and then you can be on your way.
Ben: And I'm supposed to believe that?
Ian: I told you from the start, I only wanted to borrow it. You can have it. And the glasses. I'll even throw in the pipe from the Charlotte.
Ben: I'll be there.
Ian: And tell the FBI agents listening in on this call if they want the Declaration back, and not just a box of confetti, then you'll come alone.
[Ian wants the next clue]
Patrick Gates: It's part of Freemason teachings. In King Solomon's temple there was a winding staircase. It signified the journey that had to be made to find the light of truth. The lantern is the clue.
Ian: What does it mean?
Ben: Boston. It's Boston.
Patrick Gates: The Old North Church, where Thomas Newton hung a lantern in the steeple, to signal Paul Revere that the British were coming. One if by land, two if by sea. One lantern. Under the winding staircase of the steeple, that's where we have to look.
Ian: Thank you.
Patrick Gates: Hey, you have to take us with you.
Ian: Why? So you can escape in Boston? Besides, with you out of the picture, there's less baggage to carry.
Patrick Gates: What if we lied?
Ian: Did you?
Ben: What if there's another clue?
Ian: Then I'll know right where to find you. See you, Ben.
Note : Sean Bean as Ian Howe, Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates and Jon Voight as Patrick Gates
Riley: [After they find the treasure] They offered you ten percent, man. Ten percent.
Ben: Tell you what- next time we find a treasure that redefines history for all mankind, you call the shots.
Riley: What do you care? You got the girl. Enjoy your spoils while I sit on one percent. Half of one percent, actually. [Jumps into red Ferrari]
Ben: [Looking at Ferrari] I'm sorry for your suffering, Riley.
Note : Justin Bartha as Riley Poole and Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates
Ben: These twins stand resolute. Let's see... resolute twins. Resolute, and then twins. Siamese twins, Siam, trade routes between France and Thailand... that's ridiculous. HMS Resolute, a British ship that got lost in the Arctic in the 1800s, it was salvaged by American whalers then Congress sent it back to England where the ship finally retired. Queen Victoria had two desks made from its timbers. Voila... resolute twins.
Note : Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates