'NATIONAL TREASURE' and SECRETS
Historical accuracies and inaccuracies revealed
Fascination within the film
Accuracy Rating: 3
One of the first scenes shows Charles Carroll going to the white house and describes him as the last signatory of the Declaration of Independence, which is a fact. But then the narrator goes on to say that Carroll was a mason, which is inaccurate; historians of masonry have no evidence of Carroll being a fraternity member.
The story line goes on to bring up the ship Charlotte. It is true that there is a missing ship named Charlotte that could be found in the Arctic Circle, but how they unburied the ship is out of proportion. When the characters find the ship they have a baby ice axe to uncover the entire thing from packed snow. To be factual, Charlotte would of been covered by solid, thick ice needing more than just a couple of ice axes.
Another scene in 'National Treasure' shows Ben Gates purchasing a replica Declaration of Independence for $35.00 plus tax; replicas are purchasable, but in reality they are $16.99.
Ben and Abigail looking at the time on the $100 bill, 2:22
Ben and Riley looking at the Declaration when Ben decides he's going to steal it
Squad touching the Declaration with their hands trying to figure out what the saying means
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