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Rated PG · 100 minutes · 2004

In the history of high-concept movies, has there ever been a concept as obnoxious as this? Historian-adventurer Nicolas Cage learns that there's a treasure map concealed on the back of the Declaration of Independence and sets out to steal it from the National Archives. If you don't mind a courageous statement of the rights of man being turned into a big lotto ticket, you might enjoy this 2004 Disney adventure from megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer; it runs like a Swiss watch, though the plot continuously turns on Cage's liberal interpretation of ridiculously cryptic clues. Next: the Shroud of Turin yields the secret of more intense orgasms. Jon Turteltaub directed; with Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer.

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