OB40mukEXQ6QZ1740xdjwF1LEQ4 Quote to Remember: NATIONAL TREASURE [2004]


Friday, March 29, 2013


In Order To Break The Code, 
One Man Will Have To Break All The Rules

 Grandpa: 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 urgent that he speak to the president.
Ben: Did he talk to him?
Grandpa: 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: What was the secret?
Grandpa: 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, it vanished.
It didn't reappear for more than a thousand years, 
when knights from the First Crusade discovered secret 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 they formed a new brotherhood called 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 Mason included 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 clue 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.
"The Secret Lies With Charlotte".
Ben: Who's Charlotte?
Grandpa: Oh, not even Mr. Carroll knew that.
Now look here, Ben.
The Freemasons among our Founding Fathers left us clues.
Like these [showing him a one dollar bill]
The unfinished pyramid, the all-seeing eye, symbols of The Knights Templar, guardians of the treasure.
They're speaking to us through these.
Dad: You mean laughing at us.
You know what that dollar represents? The entire Gates family fortune.
6 generations of fools, chasing after fool's gold.
Grandpa: It's not about the money, Patrick. It's never been about the money.

Ben, the treasure of The Knights Templar is the treasure of all treasures.
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 Howe

 Riley: Anyone that can do anything is gonna think we're crazy.
Anyone crazy enough to believe us isn't gonna want to help.
Ben: We don't need someone crazy. But one step short of crazy, what do you get?
Riley: Obsessed.
Ben: Passionate.

Ben: Someone's gonna steal The Declaration Of Independence.
Riley: It's true.
Abigail: I think I'd better put you gentlemen in touch with the FBI.
Ben: We've been to the FBI.
Abigail: And?
Riley: They assured us that the Declaration cannot possibly be stolen.
Abigail: They're right.
Ben: My friend and I are less certain.
However, if we were given the privilege of examining the document, we would be able to tell you for sertain if it were actually in any danger.
Abigail: What do you think you're gonna find?
Ben: We believe that there's an... encryption on the back.
Abigail: An encryption, like a code?
Ben: Yes, ma'am.
Abigail: Of what?
Ben: A... cartograph.
Abigail: A map.
Ben: Yes, ma'am.
Abigail: A map of what?
Ben: The location of... of hidden items of historic and intrinsic value.
Abigail: A treasure map?
Riley: That's where we lost the FBI.
Abigail: You're treasure hunters, aren't you?
Ben: We're more like treasure-protectors.
Abigail: Mr. Brown, I have personally seen the back of The Declaration Of Independence,
and I promise you, the only thing there is a notation that reads,
"Original Declaration of Independence, dated..."
Ben: "Four of July, 1776." Yes, ma'am.
Abigail: But no map.
Ben: It's invisible.
Riley: And that's where we lost The Department of Homeland Security.
Abigail: What led you to assume there's this invisible map?
Ben: We found an engraving on the stem of a 200-year-old pipe.
Riley: Owned by Freemasons.
Abigail: May I see the pipe?
Riley: We don't have it.
Abigail: Did Big Foot take it?

Ben: Ian's gonna try and steal it. And if he succeeds, he'll destroy the Declaration.The fact is, the only way to protect the Declaration is to steal it.
It's upside down.
I don't think there's a choice.
Riley: Ben, for God's sakes, it's like stealing a national monument, okay?
It's like stealing him. [point at Lincoln statue]
It can't be done. Not shouldn't be done. It can't be done.

Ben: You know, Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2,000 times
to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb.
Riley: Edison?
Ben: When asked about it, he said, 
"I didn't fail, I found out 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb.
I only need to find one way to make it work"

Dad: He dragged you 2 into this nonsense?
Abigail: Literally.
Riley: I volunteered.
Dad: Well, unvolunteer, before you waste your life.
Ben: Knock it off, Dad.
Dad: Sure, sure, I know, I'm the family kook.
I have a job, a house, health insurance.
At least I had your mother, for however brief a time. At least I had you.
What do you have? Him? [point to Riley]

Ben: I found Charlotte.
Dad: The Charlotte? You mean she was a ship?
Ben: Yes, she was beautiful. It was amazing, Dad.
Dad: And the treasure?
Ben: No, no, we found another clue that led us here.
Dad: Yeah, and that'll lead you to another clue.
And that's all you'll ever find, is another clue. Don't you get it, Ben? I finally figured it out.
The legend says that the treasure was buried to keep it from the British.
But what really happened was the legend was invented, 
to keep the British occupied searching for buried treasure.
The treasure is a myth.
Ben: I refuse to believe that.

Dad: You stole it?!
Ben: Dad, I can explain, but I don't have time. It was necessary, and you saw the cipher.
Dad: And that will lead to another clue, and that will lead to another clue!
There is no treasure.
I wasted 20 years of my life. And now you've destroyed yours.

Abigail: What do you see?
Riley: What is it? Is it a treasure map?
Ben: It says. "Heere at the wall", spelled with 2 E's
Riley: Why can't they just say, "Go to this place, and here's the treasure, spend it wisely"?

Sadusky: Here's your option.
Door number one, you go to prison for a very long time.
Door number 2, we are going to get back The Declaration Of Independence, 
you help us find it, and you still go to prison for a very long time, but you feel better inside.
Ben: Is there a door that doesn't lead to prison?
Sadusky: Someone's got to go to prison, Ben.

Riley: Looks like someone got here first.
Abigail: I'm sorry, Ben.
Ben: It's gone. It may have even been gone before Charles Carroll told the story to Thomas Gates.
Dad: It doesn't matter.
Ben: I know, coz you were right.
Dad: No, I wasn't right.
This room is real, Ben. And that means the treasure is real.
We're in the company of some of the most brilliant minds in history,
because you found what they left behind for us to find and understood the meaning of it.
You did it, Ben. For all of us.
Your grandfather, and all of us.
And I've never been so happy to be proven wrong.
Ben: I just really thought I was going to find the treasure.

Sadusky: I take it you found the treasure?
Ben: It's about 5 stories beneath your shoes.
Sadusky: You know, The Templars and The Freemasons believed, 
that the treasure was too great for any one man to have, not even a king.
That's why they went to such lengths to keep it hidden.
Ben: That's right.
The Founding Fathers believed the same thing about government.
I figure their solution will work for the treasure too.
Sadusky: Give it to the people.
Ben: Divide it amongst Smithsonian, The Louvre, The Cairo Museum...
There's thousands of years of world history down there.
And it belongs to the world, and everybody in it.
Sadusky: You really don't understand the concept of a bargaining chip.
Ben: Okay, here's what I want.
Dr. Chase gets off completely clean, not even a little Post-It on her service record.
I want the credit for the find to go to the entire Gates family, 
with the assistance of Mr. Riley Poole.
Sadusky: And what about you?
Ben: I'd really love not to go prison.
I can't even begin to describe how much I would love not to go to prison.
Sadusky: Someone's got to go to prison, Ben.


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