National Treasure

Trivia: When Ben is talking to Riley in front of the Lincoln Memorial, you see a long pool behind them. This pool is filled with computer generated water, because the pool was drained at the time of shooting.

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Trivia: The interiors of the ship Charlotte were filmed inside the Union Ice Company in Los Angeles to give the scene a more realistic feel. Also, the crew from the Charlotte was dressed in costumes borrowed from The Pirates of the Caribbean; The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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Trivia: Andrew Jackson's 1832 White House was actually filmed at the Daughters of the American Revolution Building in DC.

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Trivia: In the scene where Ian (Sean Bean) is figuring out the clue, revealing Silence Dogood to him (when he realises this is a name), you see on the paper a few random doodles, including 3 pipes and at the top of the page two crossed swords, These swords are actually a reference to his favourite football (as is soccer) team Sheffield United, as the crossed swords are the team's symbol.

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Trivia: The Arctic scene at the beginning of the film with Charlotte was filmed in Utah at the Strawberry Reserve over 3 days and there was an unexpected blizzard.

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Trivia: When Ben meets Abigail for the first time he comments on her accent being "Pennsylvania Dutch". She replies with "Saxony German". Diane Kruger, who plays Abigail, is actually from Algermissen, Lower Saxony, Germany. So she wasn't lying.

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Trivia: The film shares a few interesting similarities with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Besides the fact that the main characters are both treasure hunters, Jon Voight plays the father of the main character in both films. Flashbacks featuring the main characters as children are also present in both films.

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Trivia: Nicholas Cage, as a young boy, goes to the attic and uses a hinged chair that turns into a stepladder. It is a Franklin chair that Ben Franklin himself designed for his library.

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FBI: Here are your options. Door number one you go to prison for a very long time, door number two you help us get back the declaration from Ian, and you'll still go to prison for a very long time, but you'll feel good inside.
Ben Gates: Is there a door that doesn't lead to prision?
FBI: Someone's gotta go to prison, Ben.

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As Ben is clinging to the staircase while it is falling apart, there is a close-up of a nail being pulled out of the wood. This nail is round-headed, rather than square as it would have been over 200 years ago. It's also shiny instead of rusty, which indicates that it's galvanized. Galvanization as an industrial, metal-preservation process was not patented until 1837, and was not used in building materials until well into the late-1800s. Since the film states the staircase was made by "the Founding Fathers, " and there was no galvanization of iron nails in any industrialized nation in 1780s-1830's, this is a huge anachronism.

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