Corrected entry: The main characters in the movie time and time again touched the document without gloves. The oils on their hands would have caused this old document to crumble.
Corrected entry: Ben, Abigail and Riley are able to escape by a stealing his father's Cadillac De ville. The Cadillac De ville has an on star system that would allow the FBI to track them and intercept them, ruining any chances of escape for the three. The FBI would ask Ben's father what kind of car he has, and he would tell them. On star systems are very difficult to disable, taking several hours. By then, the FBI probably would gotten to Ben's father's house before Ben, Abigail, and Riley could escape.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Abigail and Riley are running from the bad guys, Riley bumps into some people but Abigail runs into traffic and drops the Declaration of Independence, which is in just a clear, plastic cover. In the next shot, after she's almost hit by a truck, Ian comes and picks up the Declaration of Independence, which is now in a white container; he even unscrews the lid to take out the Declaration.
Corrected entry: When Ben, Riley, Ian and Shaw are on the Charlotte after Ben rolls the pipe with his blood on it in the notebook, somehow, the start of the clue is at the top of the notebook and it ends at the right place. How did Ben start rolling at exactly the right point on the pipe?
Corrected entry: The Knights Templar are mentioned a number of times during the film as if they were part of Freemasonry. They were not. They were a Catholic order of Knights who were originally established in the 1100's to protect the Holy Land. They had nothing to do with Freemasonry.
Corrected entry: When Ben and company finally find the national treasure, among the artifacts present are what appear to be Egyptian statues. America was not involved in Egyptology at the time of the Founding Fathers. Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt introduced Egyptology to Europe in the early 1800's, but there is no record of the United States acquiring Egyptian treasures at that time.
Corrected entry: In a scene near the end, Ben sticks the bottom of the pipe into a lock device on the wall and is able to easily spin it counter-clockwise to open the door. This lock device has been deep underground for well over 200 years, and he's able to spin it with a flimsy pipe with one hand? Why hasn't it rusted?
Corrected entry: When Ben trades the cashier the one-hundred dollar bill back for his watch, she doesn't put the money back in the register.
Corrected entry: When Ben and Riley are trying to figure out Abagail's password to enter the room with the Declaration, Riley reads the result "Valley Frog", seen onscreen. Ben says it's "Valley Forge" and that she pressed the E and L twice. This suggests that Riley's password cracking program does not account for the fact that the letters can be used twice. If this is true, then "Valley Frog" should not have been a result in Riley's program because it has two L's.
Corrected entry: When the whole group is underneath Trinity Church they give Ian Howe another clue. Patrick Gates tells him: "signal Paul Revere that the British were coming, one if by land, 2 if by sea." When Howe is gone, Dr. Chase asks: "what's going on? If the British came by sea was 2 lanterns, not one." That's exactly what Gates said, so no point for Chase to 'correct' old Gates. One of the two should have said it the other way round.Ronnie Bischof
Corrected entry: When Gates is walking towards the room where the Declaration of Independence is, he is wearing nothing on his hands, but when he is pulling the sheet off of the glass frame he is wearing white gloves.
Corrected entry: When Ben meets Abigail for the first time in her office, he admires her collection of Washington's campaign buttons. In fact, there is no such thing as a Washington campaign button, since presidential campaigns (as we know them today, with a candidate declaring the desire to be president and actively promoting himself or herself) did not come into existence until the mid-1800's. Washington never "ran" for president. In fact, at the time it would have been considered very un-gentlemanly and arrogant to publicly express your interest in the office. There were however buttons made to commemorate his inauguration and his presidency itself (saying "Long Live the President", etc., but nothing like those seen in the film), and these are, indeed, collector's items.
Corrected entry: Ben had digital scans of the Silence Dogood letters before ever having gotten the clue about "The key in Silence undetected". Obviously, he'd need the originals that his father had to get scans, and Ben seems surprised when his dad tells him that he donated the letters. Ben didn't meet his father between going to the Charlotte and the National Archives (as evidenced by Patrick's shock at the fact that Charlotte was a ship), so why did Ben have the scans of the Silence Dogood letters when as far as he knew, he didn't need them?Brad
Corrected entry: When Ben is escaping from the National Archives with the Declaration of Independence, he has to pay for it at the gift shop. As seen later in the film, the gift shop does use bar codes. Why would the cashier not have scanned the real document for a bar code?
Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie, while inside the Charlotte, Ben says "on the back of a resolution". How does he know the secret coding is on the back of a document?
Corrected entry: After cracking the clue of Silent Dogood letters, while leaving the shopping mall, Riley asks Ben and Abigail, "Who was the first to propose daylight saving time?". They reply "Benjamin Franklin". But, it was George Vernon Hudson in 1895. (Source: Wikipedia).
Corrected entry: When Riley uncovers the frozen seaman in his hammock, he gets scared/excited, starts flailing his arms and knocks both hammocks on either side of him as he falls backward. That would have left both hammocks moving/swinging a little. But in the very next frame where Riley is still making noises and turns over on all fours, we see the hammock on the left side of the screen as still as the dead.Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: After Ben takes the Declaration of Independence in its case into the elevator, we see him start to remove screws again. When we see the back, there are two screws out in the two compartments next to the one Ben is taking a third screw out. There's no way he had time to take out 2 plus screws from the time he started while in the elevator and the time we see the back with the screws out.Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: After Ben mixes the solution, it shows him moving his fingers towards the beaker, in between his fingers is the pin he plans to give to Abagail. A second later it shows only his fingers going into the solution, and the pin has disappeared.
Corrected entry: Having recently visited the National Archives, I find it amazing that Ben and Riley entered the Archives as much as they did. Entry to the National Archives requires waiting in a very long line which takes hours and getting into the rotunda where the Charters of Freedom are requires waiting in line as well. I don't think that Ben and Riley had that much time on their hands.Brad
Corrected entry: In the scene on the ship "Charlotte," the main characters find a pipe with a clue etched on the handle. The clue mentions the number 55 which Ben figures out to be the number of men that signed the Declaration of Independence. There are actually 56 signatures on it.
Corrected entry: While Ben has a well constructed plan to get the Declaration moved from the Display Case into the vault, including faking the thermal sensor reading so that the Declaration would be moved into the Preservation Room where he can access it with little or no resistance, Ian and his crew have no such plan. How does Ian expect to gain access to the document when to the best of his knowledge it still sits in the Display Case? Was he planning on breaking into the empty vault and then crawling up the vault shaft to the Display area? And BTW, the limited amount of C4 explosive that they did show would not be enough to breach the 4 foot thick, steel plate vault, which still doesn't matter because the document isn't in there anyway.
Corrected entry: When they are searching the Arctic for the Charlotte, there are high mountains visible in the background. There are mountains in Antarctica, but not the Arctic, which is a frozen ocean.
Corrected entry: When Ben is running through the graveyard from Ian's men in Philadelphia, he shuts a gate behind him to hamper his pursuer. The man tries to open the gate, but it is locked. However, the gate obviously bares a keyhole for an old skeleton key. In order for Ben to have locked the gate, he would've had to have the key with him. But we see no action of him locking the gate at all. In reality, it should have remained unlocked.
Corrected entry: The case that holds the Declaration of Independence changes throughout the movie. This might be explained away except for the fact that the last change, to the black case, would have meant that Ian would have taken it out of the gray/white case that he picked up in the street after Abigail falls and loses it and puts it in a nice, new black case that he just happens to have. The case was originally red with the gray/white case as an inner case or liner for the red case. Ian's character hasn't cared if the Declaration gets shredded to confetti, so why would he care that it gets a nice, new black case instead of the gray/white one he picked up in the street?Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: When Ben leaps into the water and meets the SCUBA diver, sounds indicate that he immediately takes a deep breath from the respirator. If he had actually done this, he would have breathed in the sea water the respirator would have been flooded with. This, as you well know, would not have been very fun at all.
Corrected entry: In the shot where Ben is telling Riley the passcode is "Valley Forge", he says "It's Valley Forge. You press the in L twice." What he should've said was, "You press the L in twice."
Corrected entry: When Ben enters the big gala as a janitor, he has to go through a metal detector after putting his supplies on the tray. The problem is when he goes through the metal detector, he doesn't set it off. Later, in the bathroom, he takes off his janitor's clothes and is seen wearing a tuxedo underneath, and an expensive looking watch. The watch should have set off the alarm, but he didn't take it off when he entered.
Corrected entry: When Ben is dipping his fingers into the glass before he tested the ink with the smiley face he made on the table, you can see between his fingers the coin he gave Abigail.
Corrected entry: When Ben reveals to Abigail that there is a map on the back of the Declaration, she says she has seen it and there is nothing on the back but a notation that reads "Original Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776". Yet, later on at Ben's dad's house, when they turn it over to find the there is nothing written on the back.
Corrected entry: When Ben's grandfather tells him about the treasure, notice how when it flashes back to Egypt, the grandfather's left eye stays a little bit longer over the unfinished pyramid.
Corrected entry: When we first see the campaign buttons in Dr. Chase's office, to the left (as we are looking at it) is a brown, cylindrical, leather bag, located close to the front and left side of the furniture it is sitting on. When Dr. Chase receives the other button from Ben, she looks up at her collection of buttons and the brown bag is now all the way at the back of the furniture and quite a ways away from the case that the campaign buttons are in.Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: During the chase scene when Abigail has been kidnapped by Ian and crew, both vehicles go over huge bumps, holes, etc. In Ian's vehicle, we see all the stuff go flying all over the back of the vehicle even hitting the people that are in the back of the catering van. But in Ben and Riley's vehicle, everything swings gently around and when Abigail is in the vehicle with Ben and Riley, we can see ropes, cables, boxes, etc. all neatly stacked, very high up the sides of their van with nothing out of place.Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: When Ben is carving out the brick with his knife at the Liberty Bell sequence, he somehow is able to carve into cement like it was clay. You can even tell it wasn't cement because it didn't crumble right away. It had more of a cutting look to it.
Corrected entry: Dr. Chase gets the invisible ink on her hands from the campaign button Gates sent her. Several hours later, she attends a gala and leaves her nice and clear fingerprints in the invisible ink on her glass, where Gates retrieves them. Time has passed, and she has dressed up and gotten ready for a gala event - and she has not washed her hands even once?Twotall
Corrected entry: When they search on Yahoo shortly after Ian talks with the kid, watch the computer screen closely. There's already a search up there, and instead of clicking 'enter', they select the first search entry.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Riley sets off the sensors of the Declaration of Independence, to get it into the preservation room, it is broad daylight. Cage steals it much later, in fact its pitch black outside when he does. The Declaration would not be in the preservation room for that long.
Corrected entry: Not really a mistake, but it always seemed weird to me. When Ben is reading the letters for Abigail's password to Riley, he reads them in alphabetical order. Considering the situation and the limited time he has, it seems strange that he would take the time to read them that way. Wouldn't most people read the letters in the order that they are on the keyboard?
Corrected entry: "Valley Forge" cannot be used as a government password. All government passwords must include a special character (and asterisk, an underscore, etc) and a number. For example, "Valley_Forge3" would have worked.
Corrected entry: When Ian unrolls the copy of the Declaration of Independence in the van, the price bar code is on the printed side of the poster, which is rolled inward. This means that the bar code couldn't be scanned in the gift shop, as it wouldn't be showing on the outside of the poster.
Corrected entry: At the start, four characters look for Charlotte on two caterpillar snow tractors. After the shoot out, the two good guys are left stranded, and the two bad guys leave. As the two bad guys enter the same tractor, they look at each other confirming they're in the same tractor, yet in the fade away shot both tractors leave. Who was driving the second tractor?
Corrected entry: After Ben steals the declaration he and Riley get in the van and Ian kidnaps Abigail. The driver of Ian's van shoots at Ben and Riley and shoots out the passenger side headlight. While driving it shows a shot of Ben and Riley's van in the bad guys' rear view mirror, but this time it shows that the driver side headlight is out. Then in a couple later shots you see that the broken light is again on the left side.mOnKeYmAn33
Corrected entry: Throughout, the Declaration is fairly easy to read. However, in reality, the document is extremely faded, and you can't read most parts of it.
Corrected entry: It is doubtful that the Declaration of Independence says "Original Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776" on the back as Abigail states, because in fact no where on the front of the document will you find the phrase "Declaration of Independence." The founders of the USA referred to this document as "The Unanimous Declaration"
Corrected entry: When Ian turns against Ben at the beginning of the movie in the ruins of Charlotte, he takes the pipe with the message engraved in it. This is still evident when Ben first talks to Abigail and she says "Did Bigfoot take it?" But when Ben finds the treasure room and the key to open the door is the pipe, Ben pulls it right out of his pocket. Nowhere in the movie does Ian ever give Ben back the pipe.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ben Gates brings the Declaration to his dad's house, his dad says that previous generations have been chasing the treasure, and that one clue always led to another clue. He even theorized that the whole thing was a series of clues to keep the British occupied. The first clue given that started the quest was "The secret lies with Charlotte". That is the one that Ben solved. What are all these "clues" that everyone else has been chasing?
Corrected entry: When they are buying new clothes, Ben sells his watch to the clerk to get his $100 bill back. However, later, e.g. when he dives off the boat and when they find the treasure, he is wearing the same watch that he sold.
Corrected entry: Franklin wrote letters when he was sixteen containing "clues" (ie. capitalizing letters) to the location of the treasure. The clues referred to "Pass and Stow," the two craftsmen who recast the Liberty Bell. However, the Bell was not even ordered by the people of Pennsylvania until 30 years after Franklin was 16, so he could not have known that "Pass and Stow" would have cast the bell, or that their names would be on it.
Corrected entry: When the "evil" guys search the web for the word "STOW", they say that the liberty bell comes up the most. when you search it the bell comes up rarely, if ever.
Corrected entry: When the group enters the fake treasure room. All the torches are lit. No one did this. But when they continue on to the true treasure room, Cage must use his torch to light everything. How could the first torches magically light themselves?
Corrected entry: When the treasure hunters have gone into the basement of the church they smash open a tomb and a bare skeleton comes flying out. Not even in an excessively dry area like Egypt could this happen, let alone a damp one like around New England, especially after a period of only 200 or so years. Even if the dead guy WAS in a stone tomb. I'd expect to see mummified remains.
Corrected entry: On the 'Charlotte', the main characters find a pipe with a clue etched on the handle. Ben cuts his finger to wipe blood on the outside to see the letters,and when he rolls it onto the paper, the letters are red, when they should be white with a blood background.
Corrected entry: When Ben decides to steal the Declaration of Independence before Ian, he plots to have it moved to the Preservation Room for easier theft access. Ian's plan is to steal it from the same room but how does he know that the document will be in the Preservation Room and not on display or in its vault?
Corrected entry: When together, Abagail refers to Riley as "Riley," even though the only name of his she learned was the false one that he gave her during their first encounter.
Corrected entry: Dr. Chase's password to get into the preservation room was "Valley Forge." With an irreplaceable, extremely important document symbolizing American history and the Founding Fathers, one would think that a high-ranking government official with free access to this room would have his password changed frequently and have it be a random series of numbers and letters, not a real word or phrase - especially one as easy to guess as "Valley Forge," the famous resting place of the Continental Army during a long, horrible winter in the Revolutionary War.
Corrected entry: Riley points out that Daylight Savings Time hadn't been established at the time of the Founding Fathers. However, neither was Standard time. The Founding Fathers used Mean Solar time, and although Philadelphia is close to the 75th meridian, the time on the clock tower would be off by at least a few minutes.
Corrected entry: When Ben and Riley are viewing the Declaration of Independence, there is no guard to either side of the display case. But when they are in the Library, Riley makes note of the fact that the Declaration of Independence is guarded at all times while it is on display, and there is a sequence that shows a guard to the left of the display case.
Corrected entry: When Mason is in the Bell Tower trying to find the answer for the clue, 2:22pm, the shadow points to a certain brick at that time. 2:22pm in June would show the shadow at a different angle than it would in October. How did they know what time of year the clue was taken from?
Corrected entry: When Ben Gates is arrested by the FBI, the FBI agent takes the glasses that can reveal the code on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Later, the FBI uses him as bait to catch the other villain. After Gates escapes, he has the glasses back. The movie does not show the FBI giving him back the glasses, and why would it let him carry them while he was being used as bait, since the glasses were evidence?Allyson