National Treasure Script


In an attic in Washington D.C. in 1974

Young Benjamin Franklin Gates: Grandpa!

John Adams Gates: Youíre not supposed to be up hereÖlooking at that.

Ben: I just wanted to know.

John Adams Gates: Well, youíre old enough I suppose. You should know the story.  Ok, here we go.  It was 1832, on a night much like this.  Charles Carroll was 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?

John Adams Gates: No, he never got the chance.  The president wasnít there that night.  But Charles Carroll had a secret, so he took into his confidence the one person he could, my grandfatherís grandfather, Thomas Gates.

Ben: What was his secret?

John Adams Gates:  A treasureÖ a treasure beyond all imagining.  A treasure that had been fought over for centuries by tyrants, pharaohs, emperors, warlords.  Every time it changed hands it grew larger. And then suddenly it vanished.  It didnít 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 the 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 formed a new brotherhood called the Free Masons 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 masons included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere.  They knew they had to make sure the treasure never would fall into the hands of the British.  So they devised a series of clues and maps to its location.  Over time the clues were lost of forgotten until only one remained.  That was the secret that Charles Carroll entrusted to young Thomas Gates. 

Charles Carroll:  CharlotteÖ

Grandfather Gates: Öthe secret lies with Charlotte.

Ben: Who is Charlotte?

John Adams Gates:  Oh, not even Mr. Carroll knew that.  Now look here Ben.  The free masons among our founding fathers left us clues like these.  The unfinished pyramid, the all-seeing eye, symbols of the Knights Templar.  Guardians of the treasure.  Theyíre speaking to us through theseÖ

Patrick Gates: You mean laughing at us.  You know what that dollar represents?  The entire Gates family fortune.  Six generations of fools chasing after foolís gold. 

John Gates:  Itís not about the money Patrick.  Itís never been about the money. 

Patrick Gates:  Come on son, time to go.  You can say your goodbyes. 

Ben: Grandpa, are we knights?

John Gates:  You want to be?

Ben: (Shakes head yes)

John Gates:  Alright, um, kneel.  Benjamin Franklin Gates, you take upon yourself the duty of the Templars, free masons, and the family Gates.  Do you so swear?

Ben: I so swear. 

Ben grows up, it is now the present day.  They are in the artic circle. The title National Treasure flashes up on the screen.

Ben Gates: I was thinking about Hanson and Perry, crossing this kind of terrain with nothing more than dog sleds and on foot.  Can you imagine?

Ian Howe: Itís extraordinary.

Powell: Are we getting closer?

Riley Poole: Assuming Benís theory is correct and my tracking modelís accurate, we should be getting very close.  But donít go by me, I broke a shoelace this morning.  ItísÖitís a bad omen.

Ian:  Should we turn around and go home?

Ben:  Or we could pull over and just throw him out here.

Riley:  HahaÖokay.

Ben: Oh Riley, you arenít missing that windowless cubicle we found you in are you?

Riley: Oh no, absolutely not. 

            His computer beeps and alerts them they have reached their destination.

Shaw:  Why are we stopping? I thought we were looking for a ship.

Shippen: I donít see any ship.

Ben: Oh sheís out there.

Shippen:  Look, this is a waste of time. How could a ship wind up way out here?

Riley: Well Iím no expert, but it could be that the hydrothermal properties of this region produce hurricane force ice storms that cause the ocean to freeze, then melt, than refreeze, resulting in a semi-solid migrating land mass that would land a ship right around here.

Benís metal detector goes off, indicating something buried in the snow.  He uncovers what appears to be a bell or the mouth of a cannon with the words Boston Massacre and Charlotte on it.

Ben: Hello beautifulÖÖ..2 years ago, if you hadnít shown up, hadnít believed the treasure was real, I donít know if I ever would have found Charlotte. 

Ian: You would have found it, I have no doubts.  Thatís why I didnít think this was a crazy investment as everyone says.

Ben: Iím just relieved Iím not as crazy as everyone says, or said my dad was, or my granddad, or my great granddad.  Okay! Letís go!

Ian:  Letís go find some treasure.

The group enters the shipís holds.

Riley:  After seeing a frozen skeletonÖ Ahh! OH GOD! AHH!

Ben: You handled that well.  This is it.  Itís the cargo hold.

Riley: You think itís in the barrels?

Ian: Gunpowder

Ben: Now why would the captain be guarding this barrel?....Iíve found something!

Riley: What is it?

Ben proceeds to open a nice box and reveal an ivory pipe.

Ben: Do you guys know what this is?

Riley:  Is it a billion dollar pipe?

Ian:  Itís a Miashawn pipe.  Ah, itís beautiful.

Ben: Look at the intricacy of the scroll work on the stem.

Riley:  Is it a million dollar pipe?

Ben: No itís a clue.  Let me see that.

Riley:  WhatÖDonít break it.

Ben: We are one step closer to the treasure gentleman.

Ian: Ben, I thought you said the treasure would be on the Charlotte.

Ben: No, the secret lies with Charlotte.  I said it could be hereÖ.Ben cuts himself with a knife, and proceeds to spread the blood over the stem of the pipe.  He scrolls the stem of the pipe down a sheet of paper, revealing symbols and words.  These are Templar symbols. 

            The legend writ,

            The stain affected,

            The key in silence undetected.

            Fifty five in iron pen,

            Mr. Matlack canít offend.

            Itís a riddle.  I need to think.  To himself:  The legend writ the stain affected. What legend? There is the legend of the Templar treasure, the stain affects the legend.  How?  The key in silence undetected.  Wait!  The legend the key.  Thereís something.  A map.  Maps have legends maps have keys.  Itís a map, an invisible map.  So nowÖ

Ian: Wait a minute.  What do you mean invisible?  An invisible map?

Ben:  The stain affect could refer to a die or reagent used to bring about a certain result, combined with the key in silence undetected.  The implication is to make what was undetectable detectable.  Unless the key in silence could beÖ.

Shaw: Prison.

Riley:  Albuquerque, see I can do it too. Snorkel.

Shaw: Itís where the map is.  Like you said, 55 in iron pen.  Iron Pen is a prison.

Ben:  Or it could be since the primary writing medium of the time was Iron gull ink, the pen isÖjust a pen.  Than why not say a pen, why say iron pen?

Shaw: Because itís a prison.

Ben:  Wait, iron pen.  The ink does not describe what was in the pen, it describes what was penned.  It was iron, it was firm.  It was mineral, no no no no. It was firm it was adamant.  It was resolved, it was resolved.  Mr. Matlack canít offend.  Timothy Matlack was the official scribe of the continental congress.  Calligrapher, not writer.  And to make sure he could not offend the map, it was put on the back of a resolution that he transcribed, a resolution that 55 men signed.  The declaration of Independence.

Ian: Ooooh

Riley: Come on.  There is no invisible map on the back of the declaration of independence.

Ian: Itís clever really.  A document of that importance would ensure the mapís survival.

  And you said several masons signed it yeah?

Ben:  Yeah, nine for sure.

Ian:  Weíll have to arrange for a way to examine it.

Ben:  This is one of the most important documents in history, they arenít just going to let us waltz in there and run chemical tests on it.

Ian:  What do you propose we do?

Ben: I donít know!

Ian:  We could borrow it.

Ben: Steal it?  I donít think so.

Ian:  Ben, the treasure of the Knightís Templar is the treasure of all treasures.

Ben: Oh?  I didnít know that.  Really?

Ian:  Ben, I understand your bitterness I really do.  Youíve spent your entire life searching for this treasure only to have the historical community treat 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.

Ben:  How?

Ian: We all have our areas of expertise.  You donít think mine is limited to writing Sheakstean.  Why, Iíve arranged a number of operations of questionable legality.

Shaw: I would take his word for it.

Ian: Donít worry, Iíll make all the arrangements.

Ben: No.

Ian:  I really need your help here.

Ben: Ian, I am not going let you steal the declaration of independence.

Ian:  Okay, from this point on all youíre going to be is a hindrance.

Shaw pulls out a gun and points it toward Ben.

Riley: Hey!

Ben:  What are you going to do?  You going to shoot me Shaw?  Well you canít shoot me; there is more to the riddle.  Information you donít have, I do.  I am the only one who can figure it out and you know that.

Ian: Heís bluffing.

Ben:  We played poker together Ian you know I canít bluff.

Ian:  Tell me what I need to know or Iíll shoot your friend.

Riley:  Hey!

Ian: Quiet Riley.  Your job is finished here.

Ben strikes a flare against a barrel.  He waves it for Ian and Shaw to see.

Ben:  Look where youíre standing.  All that gunpowder.  You shoot me, I drop this, we all go up. 

Riley: Ben!

Ian:  What happens when the flare burns down?  Tell me what I need to know Ben. 

Ben: You need to knowÖto shock and catch!

Ben tosses the flare and with quick reflexes, Ian catches it.

Ian:  Nice try though Ben.

Ianís arm catches on fire.  He drops the flare in the gunpowder.  Ian and Shaw head for the door, while Ben and Riley retreat farther into the hold.  Everything starts to ignite.

Ian:  Get out Shaw!

Ian closes and locks the door to the hold, trapping Ben and Riley inside.

Ben:  Riley get over here!!!!

Riley: AHH! What is this?!

Ben: Smugglerís hold!  Get in!


Shaw:  Move! Get out of here! MOVE!!!!!!!!


Ben: Follow me!


Shaw:  Get back!  Itís going to blow!


Ben:  Get down!


Ian:  Okay.  Letís go before someone sees the smoke.


Ben and Riley both gasp for air as they emerge from the wreckage.

Ben:  There is an Inuit village about 9 miles east of here.  Itís popular with push pilots.

Riley:  Alright, ahh, ooh, ahh, then what are we going to do?

Ben: Start making our way back home.

Riley:  No I meant about Ian.  He is going to steal the declaration of independence Ben.

Ben:  We stop him.

The scenery changes to Washington D.C.  Ben and Riley are exiting the FBI building.

Riley: Is it really so hard to believe that someone is going to steal the declaration of independence?

Ben:  The FBI gets 10,000 tips a week.  They arenít going to worry about something they are sure is safe.

Riley:  But anyone that can do anything is going to think we are crazy.  And anyone crazy enough to believe us isnít going to want to help.

Ben:  We donít need someone crazy. We are one step short of crazy and what do you get?

Riley:  Obsessed.

Ben:  Passionate.

Ben and Riley are now in the National Archives, waiting to speak with Dr. Chase.

Ben: Excuse me. He reaches for a pamphlet about the National Archives Gala.

Secretary: Dr. Chase can see you now Mr. Brown.

Ben:  Thank you.

Riley: Mr. Brown?

Ben:  Family name doesnít get a lot of respect in the academic community.

Riley:  So you are cutting down by the man.  A very cute man.

Dr. Abigail Chase:  On phone:  Thank you.  To Ben  and Riley:   Good afternoon gentleman.

Riley: Hi.

Abigail:  Abigail Chase. 

Ben: Paul Brown.

Abigail:  Nice to meet you.

Riley:  Bill.

Abigail:  Nice to meet you Bill.  How may I help you?

Ben:  Well your accentÖPennsylvania Dutch?

Abigail: Saxony-German.

Ben: Oh.

Riley:  Youíre not American?

Abigail:  Oh I am an American I just wasnít born here.  Please donít touch that.

Ben:  Sorry.  Neat collection.  George Washingtonís campaign buttons.  Youíre missing the 1789 inaugural though.  I found one once.

Abigail:  Thatís very fortunate of you.   Now you told my assistant that this was an urgent matter.

Ben:  Ah yes mam.  Well I am going to get straight to the point.  Someone is going to steal the declaration of independence. 

Riley:  Itís true.

Abigail:  I think I better put you gentleman in touch with the FBIÖ

Ben:  Weíve been to the FBI. 

Abigail:  AndÖ

Riley:  And they assured us the declaration could not possibly be stolen. 

Abigail:  Theyíre right. 

Ben:  My friend and I are less certain.  However, if we were giving the privilege of examining the document we would be able to tell you for certain if it were in any danger.

Abigail:  What do you think you are going to find?

Ben:  We believe that there is an encryption on the back.

Abigail:  An encryption of what?

Ben:  Uh, a cartograph.

Abigail: A map? 

Ben:  Yes maím

Abigail:  A map of what?

Ben:  The location ofÖclears throatÖof items of historic and intrinsic value.

Abigail:  A treasure map?

Riley:  Thatís where we lost the FBI.

Abigail:  Youíre treasure hunters arenít you?

Ben:  Weíre 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 datedÖ

Ben: Öof independence dated 4 of July 1776.  Yes maím.

Abigail: But no map.

Ben:  After a long and uncomfortable silenceÖItís invisible.

Abigail:  OhÖright.

Riley:  And thatís where we lost the department of homeland security.

Abigail:  What led you to assume there is this invisible map?

Ben:  We found an engraving on the stem of a 200 year old pipe.

Riley: Owned by free masons.

Abigail:  May I see the pipe?

Riley:  We donít have it.

Abigail:  Did Big Foot take it?

Ben:  It was nice meeting you.

Abigail:  It was nice to meet you too.

Ben:  You know that really is a nice collection. Must have taken you a long time to hunt down all that history.

Ben and Riley enter the display room of the National Archives building.  They move to stand in front of the declaration.

Riley:  Ben, if itís any consolation you had me convinced.

Ben:  Itís not.

Riley:  I was thinking, what if we go public?  Flash this story all over the internet.  Itís not like we have our reputations to worry about.  Although, I donít think thatís exactly going to scare Ian away.

Ben:  180 years of searching and I am 3 feet away.  Of all the ideas that became the United States, there is a line here that is at the heart of all the others.  But when a long train of abuses and years of patience perusing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right it is their duty to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security.  People donít talk that way anymore. 

Riley:  BeautifulÖhuhÖno idea what you said.

Ben:  It means if something is wrong, those that have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.  Iím going to steal it.

Riley:  What?

Ben:  Iím going to steal the declaration of independence.

Riley:  uhÖBen?!

The following part takes place on the steps of the National Archives Building.

Riley:  This is huge.  Prison huge.  You are going to go to prison.  You know that?

Ben:  Yeah probably.

Riley:  That bothers most people.

Ben:  Ianís going to try and steal it and if he succeeds, he will destroy the declaration.  The fact is the only way to protect the declaration is to steal it.  Itís upside-down.  I donít think thereís a choice.

Ben:  Ben, for god-sakes itís like stealing a national monument.  Itís like stealing him.  It canít be done.  Itís not that it shouldnít be done, it canít be done.  Let me prove it to you. 

In the Library of Congress.

Okay Ben pay attention.  I brought you to the Library of Congress.  Why?  Because itís the biggest library in the world.  Over 20 million books.  And they are all saying the same exact thing.  Listen to Riley.  What we have here my friend is an entire layout of the Archives.  Weíve got builderís blue prints, we have construction orders, phone lines, water and sewage.  Itís all here.  Now, when the declaration is on display, it is surrounded by guards and video monitors, and little families from Iowa, and little kids on their 8th grade field trip.  And beneath and inch of bullet proof glass is an army of sensors and heat monitors that will go off if someone gets too close with a high fever.  Now when itís not on display, it is lowered into a 4 feet thick concrete steal plated vault that happens to be equipped with an electronic combination lock and biometric access and denial systems. 

Ben:  You know Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2000 times to develop the carbonized cotton filament for the incandescent light bulb. 

Riley:  Edison?

Ben:  And when asked about it he said ďI didnít fail, I found out 2000 ways how not to make a light bulbĒ, but he only needed to find one way to make it work.  The preservation room.  Enjoy.  Go ahead.  Do you know what the preservation room is for?

Riley:  Delicious jams and jellies?

Ben:  Thatís where they clean, repair, and maintain all the documents and storage housings when they arenít on display or in the vault.  Now when the case needs work, they take it out of the vault and directly across the hall into the preservation room.  The best time for us or Ian to steal it would be during the Gala this weekend, when the guards are distracted by the V.I.P.s upstairs.  But weíll make our way to the preservation room where there is much less security. 

Riley:  HuhÖwell if IanÖpreservation roomÖgalaÖthis might be possible.

Ben:  It might.

Preparations begin.  Riley is now hacking into the video cables.

Riley:  Uh, and we are in.  There you are.  Hello.  The hallway.  Thatís what I want.  Game on.

Ben:  Iíll buy that.

Riley:  Cool.

In the national archives.

Secretary:  This just came for you.

Abigail:  I hope itís not from Stan.  For the woman who has everything else thanks for listeningÖPaul Brown.

Riley sets off one of the Declarationís sensors.  Abigail responds to the call.

Abigail:  Abigail Chase.  Hey Mike.  What have you got? Run full diagnostics and then I want them all changed out.


Riley:  Our evil plan is working.

Ben and Riley begin to execute their plan.  Riley stays in the van while Ben goes inside the National Archives.

Riley:  Ben are you sure that we should do thÖ.

Ben:  Riley can you hear me?

Riley: Unfortunately yes.  Weíre all set then.

Guard:  Go ahead.

Ben:  Howdy.

Riley: How do you look?

Ben:  Not bad.

Riley:  Mozeltov.

Ian is also ready.  His team moves into position. 

Ian:  This is it.


Ben:  For you. 

Abigail:  Oh Mr. Brown.

Ben:  Dr. Chase.

Abigail:  What are you doing here?

Riley:  Is that that hot girl?  How does she look?

Ben:  I made a last minute donation.  A pretty big one.

Abigail:  Well on that subject thank you for your wonderful gift.

Ben:  Oh you did get it?

Abigail:  I really couldnít accept something like that normally, but I really want it.

Ben:  Well you needed it.

Riley:  Come on Romeo, get out of there.

Abigail:  I have been wondering though, what the engraving indicated on the pipe that Big Foot took.

Dr. Herbert:  Hi. Here you go.

Abigail: Oh Dr. Herbert this is Mr. Brown.

Dr. Herbert: Hi

Ben: Hi there.

Riley:  Whoís the stiff?

Ben: Here why donít you let me take that, so you can take that off his hands.

Abigail:  Thank you.

Ben:  A toast yeah?  To high treason.  Thatís what these men were committing when they signed the declaration.  Had we lost the war, they would have been hanged, beheaded, drawn and quartered, and oh my personal favorite, had their entrails cut out and burned.  So hereís to the men who did what was considered wrong in order to do what they knew was right.  What they knew was right.  WellÖgood night.

Dr. Herbert:  Good night.

Abigail:  Good night.


Ian:  Okay go go!


Riley:  This better work.


Ian:  Door one, thirty seconds.


Riley:  How does it look?

Ben:  Itís working.  Itís working.

Riley:  Unbelievable.


Ian:  Second door, ninety seconds.  Well done boys lets go.


Ben:  Weíre in the elevator.

Riley:  Okay I am going to turn off the surveillance camera. Ready?  In five, four, three now. Ben Gates, you are now the invisible man.  Give me the letters to her password.  Hit me.

Ben:  AÖeÖ fÖ gÖ lÖoÖ rÖ v Öy.

Riley:  Anagrams being listed.  Okay top results, a glove fry, a very golf, fargo levy, gravy floe, valey frog,  lists more anagramsÖ

Ben:  Itís valley forge.

Riley:  Valley forge? I donít have that on my computer.

Ben:  Itís valley forge, she pressed the ďlĒ twice.  Weíre in.

Riley:  Hello.  Ben youíre doing great.  Ben pick it up.  You got about 1Ö


Phil:  We have video.


Riley:  I lost me feed.  I lost my feed Ben!  I donít know where anyone is.  I have nothingÖBen I haveÖ.Ben I have nothing.  Get out of there, get out of there now.

Ben:  Iím taking the whole thing with me.  I will get it out in the elevator.

Riley:  What are you talkingÖIs it heavy?


Ian:  Shaw, Door three 1 minute.  Gates.

Riley:  What was that.  Who is shooting.

Ian:  Heís got the bloody map!

Riley:  Ben you still there?  Ben?!

Ben:  I am in the elevator.  Ianís here.  There was a shooting.

Riley:  I hate that guy.


Abigail:  Rebecca, do you have a Paul Brown on that list?

Rebecca:  Paul Brown? No.  Not here.


Store Clerk:  Are you trying to steal that?

Ben:  Oh uh..

Store clerk:  Itís 35 dollars.

Ben: For this?

Store clerk:  Yeah.

Ben:  Thatís a lot.

Store clerk:  I donít make the prices.

Ben:  I have um 32, uh 57?

Store Clerk:  We take Visa.


Patrol:  This is mike sublevel 3. I have an alert.


Riley:  Where are you Ben?  Where are you?

Ben:  Stop talking.  Start the van.

Riley:  Ben, the uh, mean declaration lady is behind you.

Abigail:  Hey.

Ben:  Oh itís you.

Abigail:  Mr. Brown whatís going on? Whatís that?

Ben:  Itís a souvenir.

Abigail:  Really?

Riley:  Stop chatting and get in the van.

Security officer:  Code red, code red.  We have a break in.  Lock it down.  Nobody leaves.  Get the FBI on the phone.

Ben:  Did you enjoy the party?

Abigail:  YeahÖ

The alarms go off and everything goes haywire.

Ben:  OoohÖ

Riley:  Oh my god.

Abigail:  Oh my god.  You did not.  Security!!!

Ben:  Stop.

Abigail:  Give me that.

Ben:  Itís yours.  Take it.  SECURITY! OVER HERE!

Ian:  Gotcha.

Ben: Go.

Riley: What?

Ian:  Victor move.

Riley:  We canít just let her go!

Ben:  We can.  Now go!

Abigail:  Security over here.

Ben:  Wait no hold it.  Hold it.  Bad. No bad.  Bad bad bad.

Phil: Give me the document.

Abigail:  No. let me go.

Ian:  Just bring her!

Ben:  GO! GO!

Ian: And just who might you be?

Riley:  Once we catch them what are we going to do?

Ben:  Iím working on it.

Riley: Right turn right turn.

Ian: Why donít you pass me that document and we can all go home.

Victor:  Oh no!

Riley: Skidding skidding skidding.

Abigail is screaming throughout the entire scene, so her screams have been omitted.

Ben: Oh no!

Riley:  Holy lord!

Ian:  NO! If she fall the document falls.

Ben:  Get me next to her.

Ian: Thank you.  Got it.  Go on.

Ben:  Abigail!  Jump!

Shaw:  Lost them.

Ian:  Thatís alright.  This is all we need.  He opens the document to find out itís fake.  Well done Gates.  Well done.


Ben:  You alright?

Abigail:  No those lunaticsÖThey stoleÖ

Ben:  Youíre not hurt are you?

Abigail:  Youíre all lunatics.

Ben:  You hungry?

Abigail:  What?

Ben:  Are you alright?

Riley:  Still a little on edge from being shot at, but Iíll be okay.  Thanks for asking.

Abigail:  Well Iím not alright. Those men have the declaration of independence.

Riley:  She lost it?

Ben:  They donít have it.  See?  Okay?  Now can you please stop shouting.

Abigail:  Give me that.

Ben:  Youíre still shouting and itís really starting to annoy.  Youíd do well Dr. Chase to be a bit more civilized in this instance.

Abigail:  This is the real one.  What did they get?

Ben:  A souvenir.  I thought it might be a good idea to have a duplicate.  Turned out I was right.  Actually I had to pay for both the souvenir and the real one so you owe me 35 dollars plus tax.

Riley:  Genius.

Abigail:  Who were those men?

Ben:  Just the guys we warned you were going to steal the declaration.

Riley:  And you didnít believe us.

Ben:  We did the only thing we could do to keep it safe.

Abigail:  That docÖgive me that!

Ben:  You know something, youíre shouting again.

Riley: Pretty sure she was swearing too.

Ben:  Well we probably deserve that.

Back at the National Archives

Sedusky:  Ladies and gentleman, ladies and gentleman, my name is Peter Sedusky, I am the agent in charge.  I want to reassure you, you are not danger in any way.  If we all cooperate, we will get through this with as little frustration as possible.  Thank you.  Get positive I.D.s and search everyone, including the security staff.  If they refuse, detain them and get warrants.  Yes agent Hendricks?  You have something?

Agent Hendricks:  Um...

Sedusky:  This isnít a day for um. 

Agent Hendricks:  We got a tip several days ago that someone was going to steal the declaration of independence. 

Sedusky:  You have a name on the tipster?

Agent Hendricks:  There was no file opened.  We didnít find the information credible.

Sedusky:  How about now?


Abigail:  There is not a treasure map on the back of the declaration of independence. 

Ben:  And there is no chance that anyone could steal this either.  I level with you 100 percent.  Everything I told you was the truth.

Abigail:  I want that document Mr. Brown.

Ben:  Okay my nameís not Brown, itís Gates.  I level with you 98 percent.

Abigail:  Wait a minute, did you just say Gates?  Gates?  Youíre that family with the conspiracy theory about the founding fathers.

Ben:  Itís not a conspiracy theory.

Riley:  Per say.

Abigail:  I take it back.  You arenít liars, youíre insane.


Sedusky:  There is a copy of the declaration on display now?

Dr. Herbert:  Yes we felt it best to leaveÖ

Sedusky:  Leave it there.  The guests know something happened, but they donít know what.

Female Agent:  They got him with a tazer at the service entrance. He doesnít remember a thing.  Also we found bullet casings.

Sedusky:  Did we get a description from the other guards.

Mike:  What other guards?

Sedusky:  The guards that were fired upon.

Mike:  There werenít any other guards on patrol down here.

Sedusky:  So who was shooting?  Who were they shooting at? And why werenít they getting along?


Abigail:  You canít seriously intend to run chemical tests on the declaration of independence in the back of a moving van.

Riley:  We have a clean room environment all set up.  ETS suits, particulate air filtration, the whole chi-bang. 

Abigail:  Really?

Ben:  We canít go back there.

Riley: What?  Why not?


Male agent:  This is the guy.  Dr. Herbert said Dr. Chase introduced him as Mr. Brown.  Not on the guest list.  Now the gift store clerk said he seemed well, flustered.  He tried to walk out with a copy of the declaration of independence without paying.  He paid with a Visa.  Charge to Benjamin Gates.  


Riley: A credit card slip?  Dude, weíre on the grid.  Do youÖ they are going to have your records from forever; they are going to have my records from forever.

Ben:  I know I know.  Itís only a matter of time before the FBI shows up at my front door.

Riley:  What do we do?

Ben:  We need those letters.

Abigail:  What letters?

Ben:  You know what, get off the road.  Take a right.

Abigail:  What letters?  You have the original Silence Dogood letters?  Did you steal those too?

Ben:  They are scans of the originals.  Quiet please.

Abigail:  How did you get scans?

Ben:  Well I know the person who has the originals.  Now shush.

Abigail:  Why do you need them?

Ben:  She really canít shut her mouth can she?  Now look, I will let you hold onto this if you promise to shut up please.  Thank you. 

Riley:  Ben you know what you have to do.

Ben:  I know what to do.  I am just trying to think of anything else we could do. 

Riley:  Well not to be aÖuhÖnudge, but you do realize how many people we have after us.  I mean we probably have our own satellite by now.  It took you all of 2 seconds to decide to steal the declaration of independence.

Ben:  Yeah but I didnít think I would have to personally tell my dad about it.  Abigail makes a run for it.  Hey not cool not cool.

Abigail:  Let me go!

Ben:  Youíre let go now shoo.

Abigail:  Iím not going.  Not without the declaration.

Ben:  Youíre not going with the declaration.

Abigail:  Yes I am.  Iím not letting it out of my sight so I am going.

Ben:  Wait, youíre not going with us with the declaration.

Abigail:  Yes I am.

Ben:  No youíre not.

Abigail:  Look if you wanted to leave me behind you shouldnít have told me where you were going.


Sedusky:  Now weíre getting somewhere.

Female agent:  Theyíre digital scans of letters to the editor of the New England Current.  Written 1722.  All from the same person.  Your humble servant Silence Dogood.


Ian:  Gentleman, why is this word capitalized.

Victor:  Because it is important?

Ian:  Because itís a name.


Agent Michaels:  Okay I got it.  When Ben Franklin was only 15 years old he secretly wrote 14 letters to his brotherís newspaper pretending to be a middle age widow named Silence Dogood.

Sedusky:  These letters were written by Benjamin Franklin.


Riley:  Looks okay.

Ben:  Park a couple blocks away.

Riley:  Well how long do you think we got.

Ben:  Give them a couple of hours at least.  I hope.

Riley: What do we do about her?  I have some duct tape in the back.

Ben:  No that wonít be necessary.  She wonít be any trouble.  Promise you wonít be any trouble.

Abigail:  I promise.

Ben:  See?  Sheís curious.


Agent Hendricks:  Hereís what I got on Gates.  A degree in American history from Georgetown.  Degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.  Naval ROTC and naval diving in the training center.

Sedusky:  HmmÖWhat in the world did this guy want to be when he grew up.  We keep our focus on Gates.  Run him to ground.  Compile a family and friends list.  Closest relatives first.  I want to find out who this guy is.


Ben:  Dad.

Patrick Gates:  Whereís the party?

Ben:  WellÖuhÖIím in a little trouble.

Patrick:  She pregnant?

Ben:  Well if she is are you going to leave the woman carrying your grandchild standing out in the cold?

Abigail:  I look pregnant?

Patrick:  This better not be about that dumb treasure.  Well haveÖhave a seat.  Make yourselves comfortable.  There is some pizza.  Still warm I think.

Ben:  Dad, I need the Silence Dogood letters.  Yeah itís about the treasure. 

Patrick:  And he dragged you two into this nonsense?

Abigail:  Literally.

Riley:  I volunteered.

Patrick:  Well unvolunteer before you waste your life.

Ben:  Knock it off dad.

Patrick:  Of course I know.  Iím the family kook.  I have a house, a job, health insurance.  At least I had your mother for however brief of time.  At least I had you.  What do you have?  Him?

Ben:  Look if you just give us the letters weíre gone.

Patrick:  You disappoint me Ben.

Ben:  Well maybe thatís the real Gates family legacy.  Sons who disappoint their fathers.

Patrick:  Get out.  Take your troubles with you.

Ben:  I found the Charlotte.

Patrick: The Charlotte?  You mean she was a ship?

Ben:  Yeah she was beautiful.  It was amazing dad.

Patrick:  And the treasure?

Ben:  No, no, but we found another clue that led us hereÖ

Patrick:  And that will lead you to another clue. And thatís all youíll ever find is another clue.  Donít you get it Ben?  I finally figured it out.  The legend said 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.

Patrick:  Well you can believe what you want.  Youíre a grown person.  What am I doing?  Do what you want Ben, do what you want.

Abigail:  Heís probably right.  You donít even know if there is another clue.

Ben:  Well I can think of a way that we can find out.  And we can find out right now.

The group prepares to run a test on the Declaration.

Patrick:  Looks like animal skin.  How old is it?

Ben:  At least 200 years.

Patrick:  Really?  You sure?

Ben:  Pretty darn.

Riley: Now if this thing is in invisible ink how to we look at it?

Patrick:  Throw it in the oven.

Ben, Abigail, and Riley:  No!

Patrick:  Higher sulfate inks can only be brought out with heat.

Abigail:  Yes but thisÖ

Ben:  Itís very old.  Itís very old.  And we canít risk compromising the map.

Patrick:  You need a reagent.

Ben:  Dad itís really late.  Why donít you get some rest?

Patrick: Iím fine.

Ben:  Lemons.

Abigail:  You canít do that.

Ben:  But it has to be done.

Abigail:  Then someone who is trained to handle antique documents is going to do it.

Ben:  Okay.

Abigail:  Okay.  Now if there is a secret message it will probably be marked by a symbol in the upper right hand corner.

Ben:  Thatís right.

Abigail:  I am so getting fired for this. 

Patrick:  I told you.  You need heat.  See?

Ben:  We need more juice.

Abigail:  We need more heat.

Riley:  Itís not a map.  Is it?

Patrick: More clues.  What a surprise.

Riley:  Are those latitudes and longitudes?

Ben:  Thatís why we need the Silence Dogood letters.

Abigail:  Thatís the key?

Ben:  The key in silence undetected.  Dad can we have the letters now?

Riley:  Can someone please explain to me what these magic numbers are.

Abigail:  Itís an andor cipher. 

Patrick:  Thatís right.

Riley: Oh okay.  Whatís an andor cipher?

Patrick:  Just codes.

Ben:  Each of these numbers corresponds to a word in the key.

Abigail:  Usually a random book or newspaper article.

Ben:  In this case the Silence Dogood letters.  So itís like that page number of the key text, the line on that page, and the letter in that line.  So dad, where are the letters.

Patrick:  You know, itís just by sheer happenstance that his grandfatherÖ

Ben:  DadÖ

Patrick:  even found those.  They were in an antique desk from the press roomÖ

Ben:  DadÖ

Patrick:  from the New England Current.  Thatís a newspaper.

Ben:  Dad where are the letters?

Patrick:  I donít have them son.

Ben:  What?

Patrick:  I donít have them.

Ben:  Where are they?

Patrick:  I donated them to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Ben:  Time to go.

Abigail:  I still canít believe that all this time no one knew what was on the backÖ

Patrick:  Back of what?

Riley:  oooo ahhh!

Ben:  No!

Patrick:  Oh my god.  Oh my god.

Ben:  I know.

Patrick:  Oh my god.  What have you done?  This isÖthis isÖ

Ben:  I know!

Patrick:  This is the declaration of independence.

Abigail:  And itís very delicate. 

Patrick:  You stole it?

Ben:  Dad I can explain, but I donít have time.  It was necessary.  And you saw the cipher.

Patrick:  And that will lead to another clue. And that will lead to anther clue.  And thatís all youíll ever find.  There is no treasure.  I wasted 20 years of my life, and now youíve destroyed yours.  And youíve pulled me into all of this.

Ben:  Well we canít have that.


Patrick:  Come in!  Iím in here.  FBI right?  Going to untie me?

Sedusky:  And you have no idea where heís going?

Patrick:  Wouldnít I have told you if I did?

Sedusky:  Would you?

Patrick:  He tied me to a chair.

Agent Michaels:  The garage is empty, but there is a Cadillac Deville registered to Patrick Gates.

Patrick:  And he stole my car.

Sedusky:  Donít worry Mr. Gates.  Weíll find your car, and your son.


Riley:  Your dadís got a sweet ride.

Ben:  I think we should change clothes.  We might look kind of conspicuous donít you think?

Riley:  I would love to go shopping too but we have no money.

Ben:  Here I took this from his house. He usually tucks a few hundred dollars somewhere between those pages.

Abigail:  Common sense.  How appropriate. 

Riley:  When are we going to get there?  Iím hungry.  This car smells weird.

The trio is now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Little boy:  Excuse me.  Excuse me.  Sorry sir. Excuse me. 

Ian:  Thatís okay.

Boy:  S S A N D

Riley:  Hmm, you sure this is right?  Okay.  S S A

Boy:  No N.

Riley:  That is an N

Boy:  It doesnít look like one.

Riley: You know what?  Here.  One more dollar.  Go get the last 4 letters.  Go get em chief.  Come on.  Okay.  The vision to see the treasured past comes as the timely shadow passes in front of the house of pass and what?  Pass and what?  Pass andÖ

Shaw:  Whatís going on?

Ian:  Iím not sure.


Abigail:  So you show up at your fatherís door, say youíre in trouble and the first thing he assumes is Iím pregnant.

Ben:  Is there a question in there?

Abigail:  I think there is an interesting story in there.

Ben:  Well my father things I have been a little to cavalier in my personal life.

Abigail:  I see.

Ben:  Let me ask you something.  Have you ever told someone, not a relative, I love you?

Abigail:  Yes.

Ben:  More than one someone?

Abigail:  Yes.

Ben:  Oh, then my father would say you are a little to cavalier in your personal life too.

Abigail:  So you get your sense of absolute certainty from him?

Ben:  Iím sure I donít know what you mean.

Abigail:  Well youíre certain the treasure is real no matter what anyone else thinks.

Ben:  No.  I hope itís real.  I mean I have dreamt it was real since my grandfather told me about it.  I want to hold it.  I feel like I am so close I can taste it.  I justÖI just want to know itís not something in my head or in my heart.

Abigail:  People donít really talk that way anymore you know.

Ben:  I know, but they think that way.

Riley:  Hey.

Ben:  Did you get it Riley?

Riley:  Oh I got it.  The vision to see the treasured past comes as the timely shadow crosses in front of the house of Pass and Stow.  Now Pass and Stow referring to theÖ

Ben and Abigail: The liberty bell.

Abigail:  Well John Pass and John Stow cast the bell.

Riley:  Why do you have to do that?

Riley:  Well what does the rest of this mean?

Ben:  Wait a minute.  The vision to see the treasured past must refer to a way to read the map.

Riley:  I thought the cipher was the map.

Ben:  No the cipher was a way to find the way to read the map.

Abigail:  And the way to read the map comes as the timely shadow crosses in front of the liberty bell.

Ben:  Crosses in front of the house of the Liberty Bell.  Independence hall.

Abigail:  Itís a timely shadow.  Itís a specific time.

Riley:  Uh, what time?

Ben:  What time? What time? Wait wait, youíre going to love this.  Excuse me, can I see one of those hundred dollar bills I paid you with?

Store clerk:  No.

Ben:  Well, uh, I have this diverís watch.  Itís called a sub-mariner.  I dive with it.  Itís actually quite valuable.  You could use it as collateral.

Store clerk:  Whatever.

Ben:  Thank you.  On the back of a hundred dollar bill is an etching of independence hall, based on a painting done in the 1780s, thank you, and the artist was actually a friend of Benjamin Franklin. Itís wonderful.  Hold this.

Abigail:  Okay.  Iím not going anywhere.

Ben:  Now I think that if we look at this clock tower, we may find the specific time.

Abigail:  What do you see?

Ben:  2:22.

Abigail:  What time is it now?

Store clerk:  Almost 3.

Abigail:  We missed it.

Riley:  No we didnít.  We didnít miss it becauseÖwait you donít know this?  I know something about history that you donít know.

Ben:  I would be very excited to learn about it Riley.

Riley:  Hold on one second.  Let me justÖjust take in this moment.  This isÖis cool.  Is this how you feel all the time?  BecauseÖ.except for now of courseÖ

Abigail:  Riley!

Riley:  Alright.  What I know is that daylight savings wasnít established until World War 1.  If itís three P.M. now, that means in 1776 it would be 2 P.M.

Ben:  Riley youíre a genius.

Abigail:  Letís go.

Riley:  Okay.  Do you actually know who the first person to suggest daylight savings was?

Abigail and Ben:  Benjamin Franklin.


Little boy: Is this real?

Ian:  Just tell me what you told my friend.

Boy:  Just a bunch of letters, I canít remember.

Ian:  Can you remember which ones you were going to tell him next?

Boy:  Yeah here, S T O W.

Shippen:  Top results, Liberty bell and Independence Hall.

Ben, Abigail, and Riley climb to the top of Independence hall.

Ian:  Idiot.

Shaw:  Who?

Ian:  Me.

Shaw:  What?

Ian:  Itís not here, itís there.


Riley:  What bell is this?

Ben:  Itís the Centennial bell.  Replaced the Liberty bell in 1876.

Abigail:  There it is.

Ben:  Alright. Iím going to go down there and you two meet me in the signing room.  Okay?  Alright.

Abigail:  Letís go.

Riely:  3:22. my idea.


Riley:  Hey what did you score?

Ben:  I found some kind of ocular device.  The vision to see the treasured past?  Let me take this.

Riley:  Theyíre like early American X-ray specs.

Abigail:  Benjamin Franklin invented something like these.

Ben:  Uh, I think he invented these.

Riley:  What to we do them?

Ben:  We look through them.

Abigail:  Here help me.

Ben:  Whew.

Riley:  What?

Ben:  Itís just that the last time this was here, it was being signed.

Riley:  Ben thereís another tour coming.

Ben:  Turn it over.

Abigail:  Careful.

Ben:  Spectacles.  Oooh.  Oh.

Abigail:  What do you see?

Riley:  What is it?  Is it a treasure map?

Ben:  It says heere at the wall, spelled with two Eís.

Abigail:  Oh, wow.

Riley:  Why canít they just say go to this place hereís the treasure, spend it wisely?

Ben:  Oh no.

Riley:  How did they find us?

Ben:  Ian has nearly unlimited resources and heís smart.

Abigail:  I donít think we can get out of here without being spotted.

Ben:  Well we donít want them to have the declaration or the glasses, but we especially donít want them to have them both together.

Riley:  So what do we do?

Ben:  We separate the lock from the key.  Weíre splitting up.   

Abigail:  Good idea.

Riley:  Really?

Ben:  Iíll take this and those, you take that.  Meet me at the car and call me if you have any problems.

Riley:  Like if we get caught and killed?

Ben:  Yeah.  That would be a big problem.  Take care of her.

Riley and Abigail:  I will.


Phil:  Weíre on him.

Ian:  There he is.

Abigail:  Letís walk this way.

Ian:  Shaw look, thereís the others.

Shaw:  Victor meet me at 5th and chestnut 5th and chestnut.  Theyíre heading your way.

The chase begins for all three of our main characters.

Abigail:  Riley!

Riley: Time to run.

Abigail:  In here.  Follow me.

Woman:  If youíre not a steak than you donít belong here.

Abigail: Iím just trying to hide from my ex-husband.

Woman:  Who baldy?

Abigail:  Yes.

Woman:  Honey stay as long as you like.

Abigail:  Ah thank you.

Woman:  Do you want something?  Do you want something?

Shaw:  Shut up.

Woman: I see why you left him.


Phil:  Gates!

Ben:  OW!  Oh come on!


Abigail:  AH!  Where were you?

Riley:  Hiding! Come on letís go.

Shaw:  Ian, Ian Iíve got them. Theyíre heading toward city hall.

Ian:  Okay, Iím on my way.


Phil:  Hey Gates.  Enough man.  Give me the document.

Ben:  Alright Phil.


Ian:  Let them go.  Weíve got it.  Weíve got it.


Female agent:  FBI.  Have you seen this guy?

Guard: No.

Agent Hendricks:  Ted, Philadelphia police found Gateís car.  Itís close.  Weíve got surveillance there now.

Agent Michaels:  Letís go.  Tell the boss, weíve got the car.


Ben:  What?

Riley:  We lost it.

Ben:  What?

Riley:  We lost the declaration.  Ian took it.

Ben: Yeah, okay.  You alright?  You both alright?

Riley:  Yeah yeah.  Weíre alright.

Ben:  Weíll be fine.  Meet me at the car.


Agent Michaels:  Suspect has arrived.

Sedusky:  Hello Mr. Gates.

Agent Michaels:  Mr. Gates face your fatherís car and put your hands behind your back please.  We got one in custody.  Mr. Gates youíre a hard man to find.


Abigail:  Riley, do you know how to get in touch with Ian?

Riley:  Excuse me?


Sedusky:  Thatís some story.

Ben:  Well itís the same story I tried to tell you guys before the declaration was stolen.

Sedusky:  By you?

Ben:  No by Ian.  I stole it to stop him.  I did it alone.  Dr. Chase was not involved.  And Ian still ended up with the declaration of independence.

Sedusky:  Because of you.  So hereís your options.  Door number one.  You go to prison for a very long time.  Door number two.  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 doesnít lead to prison?

Sedusky:  Someoneís got to go to prison Ben.

Ben:  Yeah.

Sedusky:  So what are these for?

Ben:  Itís a way to read the map.

Sedusky:  Right, Knightís Templar, Free Masons.  Invisible treasure map.  So what did it say?

Ben:  Heere at the wall.  Nothing else.  Just another clue.  Thereís more to it.  Yes?

Ian:  Hello Ben.  How are you?

Ben:  Iím chained to a desk.

Ian:  Sorry to hear that.  I want you to meet me on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid.  You know where that is?

Ben:  New York.

Ian:  Meet me there at 10 oíclock tomorrow morning.  And bring those glasses you found at Independence Hall.  Yeah I know about the glasses.  We can take a look at the declaration and then you can be on your way.

Ben:  Iím supposed to believe that?

Ian:  I told you from the start I only wanted to borrow it.  You can have it, and the glasses.  Iíll even throw in the pipe from the Charlotte. 

Ben:  Iíll be there.

Ian:  And tell the FBI agents listening in on this call.  If they want the declaration back, and not just a box of confetti, then you come alone.

The scenery switches to NYC.

Sedusky:  All eyes on Gates.  Do not lose sight of primary mark.  Gates stay with the program.

Ben:  I hope all your agents are all under 4 feet tall and wearing little scarves otherwise Ianís going to know theyíre here.

Sedusky:  As soon as he shows you the declaration weíll move in.  Donít try anything.

Ben:  You know agent Sedusky, something Iíve noticed about fishing, it never works out so well for the bait.

Sedusky:  Gates you with me?

Ben:  Well Iím sure not against you if thatís what your asking.

Shaw:  Hello Ben.  Thomas Edison needed only one way to make a light bulb.  Sound familiar?  Go to the observation point behind the F16 and hereís what you do.  Jump overboardÖ

Sedusky:  Gates?  Gates?  Whoís got gates?  Anyone got a view of our friend Ian Howe?

Agent:  Oh Ian Howe is not at the stern sir.

Sedusky:  Than why is he heading there?

Ben:  Sedusky, Iím still not against you.  But I found door number 3, and Iím taking it.

Agent  Michaels:  What is he talking about?

Sedusky:  Move in.  Move in.  Move in on Gates.  Divers are a go.  Snipers pursue action zebra.

Agent Michaels:  Pursue at own risk, I repeat pursue at own risk.

Agent:  You first.

Sedusky:  Holy mackerel.  He set us up.  Agent Dorris do you have a visual? Can you see Gates in the water?

Agent Dorris:  Sir, itís the Hudson, nothing is visisble.

Sedusky:  Smart fish.

Ben has just swam across the Hudson under the water.

Shaw:  Hello Ben.  Welcome to New Jersey.

Ben:  What did you do with Abigail and Riley?

Shippen:  Hope these fit.

Ben:  I said what did you do with Abigail and Riley?  Heís the only one who could have told you that line about Edison.

Shaw:  Did you bring the glasses?

Ben:  I donít know, tell me whatís happening here.

Shaw:  Ask your girlfriend.  Sheís the one calling all the shots now.  She wonít shut up.

On the phone.

Shaw:  Here itís for you.

Ben:  Hello?

Abigail:  Hi sweetie.  Howís your day going.

Ben:  Interesting dear.  So what, youíre working with Ian now?

Abigail:  Turns out helping someone escape from FBI custody is a criminal act.  Heís the only criminal we knew so we called him and made a deal.

Ben:  YouíreÖyouíre alright yeah?  I mean youíre safe?

Abigail:  Yeah we both are.  Rileyís right here doing something clever with a computer.

Riley:  Iím tracking him through theÖhey.  Iím tracking you through the GPS in Shawís phone.  They take a turn anywhere we donít want and weíll know it.  So donít worry.

Abigail:  If Ian tries to double cross us, we can call the FBI and tell them right where you are.  And where to find Ian.

Ben:  And whereís that?

Abigail:  Right across the street from where weíre hiding.  At the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.

Ben:  Well, you figured out the clue.

Abigail:  Simple.  Heere at the wall.  Wall Street and Broadway.  Ben there is a catch.  We made Ian believe that he could have the treasure.  It was the only way we could get this far.

Riley:  Heís here.  Here we go.

At the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.

Ian: Ben.  You alright?  No broken bones?  A jump like that could kill a man.

Ben:  No it was cool.  You should try it sometime.

Ian:  The Declaration of Independence and the Miashawn Pipe.  All yours.

Ben:  Thatís it?

Ian:  Thatís it.  I knew youíd keep your promise.  Now where is it?  Whereís my treasure?

Ben:  Itís right here.  The map said Heere at the wall spelled with 2 Eís.  Wall street follows the path of an actual wall that the Dutch settlers built as a defense to keep the British out.  The main gate was located at a street called Deheere, also 2 Eís.  Later Deheere was renamed Broadway after the British got in.  So heere at the wall, Broadway, Wall street.  Cheerio!

Ian:  Just a moment Ben.

Ben:  Ian if you break our deal the FBI will be only a few minutes behind you.  You might get away you might not.

Ian:  Is that all the map said?

Ben:  Every word.

Ian:  Oh Ben, you know the key to running a convincing bluff.  Every once in a while, youíve got to be holding all the cards.

Ben:  DadÖ

Ian: Is there anything else you want to tell me?

Ben:  Trinity church.  We have to go inside Trinity Church.

Ian:  Good.  Excellent.  Well why donít you ask Dr. Chase and Riley to join us?  Iím sure theyíre around here somewhere.

Inside Trinity Church.

Ben:  Are you alright?

Patrick Gates:  What do you think?  Iím a hostage.

Ben:  Let him go Ian.

Ian:  When we find the treasure.

Ben:  No now!  Or you can figure out the clues for yourself.  Good luck.

Ian:  Ben, I donít think you fully appreciate the gravity of the situation.  Letís have a look at that map.

Ben:  Well itís uh, itís really quite something.  Itís really quite remarkable.

Ian:  Parkington lane.

Ben:  Beneath Parkington Lane.

Ian:  Why would the map lead us here, then take us somewhere else?  Whatís the purpose?

Patrick:  Just another clue.

Ben:  Dad!  No youíre right, Parkington lane has to be around here somewhere.

Ian:  A street inside the church.

Ben:  Not inside, beneath.  Beneath the church.

Abigail:  Iím so sorry.

Ben:  None of this is your fault.

Patrick:  Look, cooperation only lasts as long as the status quo remains unchanged.  As soon as this guy gets to where this thing ends, he wonít need you anymore.  Or any of us.

Ben:  So we find a way to make sure the status quo changes in our favor.

Patrick:  How?

Ben:  Iím still working on it.

Patrick:  Well I guess I better work on it too then.

Riley:  Hey!  ParkÖI found it.  Him.

Ian: Ben!  Itís a name.

Ben:  Parkington Lane.  He was a third degree master mason of the blue light.  HEY!

All:  oh!

Shippen: Careful no one steps in him.

Riley:  Okay, who wants to go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?

Ian:  Alright.  McGregor, Victor you stay here. And if anyone should come out without me, well, use your imagination.  Shall we?

Ben:  You got a lighter?  Careful.  Watch your step.  Come here.

Shippen:  Why does that never happen to me?

Ian:  Whatís this?

Ben:  Itís a chandelier. Here.

Riley:  Wow.

Ben:  Look at the elevator system.

Shippen:  How do a bunch of guys with hand tools built all this?

Ben:  The same way they built the pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.

Riley:  Yeah, the aliens helped them.

Ian:  Alright letís go.  What are you waiting for.

Patrick:  Iím not going out on that thing.  200 years of termite damage and rotÖ

Ben:  Dad, do what he says.

Patrick:  Watch your step.

Ian:  Subway.  God Shaw!

All:  Oh!

Abigail:  Hold on.

Ben:  Get on! Jump.

Abigail:  Ben!  Come on.

Ben:  The elevator.  Get on.

Riley:  Ben!

Patrick:  Get down there! Get down there!

Abigail:  Oh!  The declaration!

Ben:  Do you trust me?

Abigail:  Yes.  Oh no! Ben!  Hang on!

Patrick:  Son!

Ben:  Iím sorry.  Iím sorry I dropped you.  I had to save the declaration.

Abigail:  No donít be.  I would have done exactly the same thing to you.

Ben:  Really?

Riley:  I would have dropped you both.  Freaks.

Ian: Get on.

Ben:  Ian itís not worth it.

Ian:  Do you imagine any one of your lives is more valuable to me than Shawís?  We go on.

Patrick:  The status quo, keep the status quo.

Riley:  What is this?

Shippen:  So where is the treasure?

Ian:  Well?

Riley:  This is it?  We came all this way for a dead end?

Ben:  Yes.

Riley:  There has got to be something more.

Ben:  Riley there is no more.

Riley:  Another clue.

Ben:  No there are no more clues.  Thatís it.  Itís over.  End of the road.  The treasure is gone.  Move.  Take it somewhere else.

Ian:  Youíre not playing games with me are you Ben?  You know where it is.

Ben:  No.

Ian: Okay go.

Ben:  Hey. Wait a minute.

All:  Wait Ian!

Abigail:  Ian wait.

Ben:  You canít just leave us here.

Ian:  Yes I can. Unless Ben tells me the next clue.

Ben:  There isnít another clue.

Riley:  Ian wait. Listen why donít you come back down here and we can talk through this together.

Ian:  Donít speak again.

Riley:  Okay.

Ian:  The clue.  Where is the treasure?  Ben?

Patrick:  The lantern.

Ben:  Dad.

Patrick:  The status quo has changed son.

Ben:  Donít.

Patrick:  Itís part of free mason teachings.  In King Solomonís temple there was a winding staircase.  It signified the journey that had to be made to find the light of truth.  The lantern is the clue.

Ian:  And what does it mean?

Ben: Boston.  Itís Boston.

Patrick:  The old North Church in Boston where Thomas Newton hung a lantern in the steeple to signal Paul Revere that the British were coming.  One if by land two if by sea.  One lantern.  Under the winding staircase of the steeple.  Thatís where we have to look. 

Ian:  Thank you.

Patrick:  Hey you have to take us with you.

Ian:  Why?  So you can escape in Boston?  Besides, with you out of the picture there is less baggage to carry. 

Patrick:  What if we lied?

Ian:  Did you?

Ben:  What if thereís another clue?

Ian:  Then Iíll know right where to find you.  See you Ben.

Ben:  NO!

Riley:  Thereís no other way out!

Abigail:  Come back!

Ben:  Youíre going to need us Ian.

Riley:  Weíre all going to die.

Ben:  Itís going to be okay Riley.  Iím sorry I yelled at you.

Patrick:  Itís okay kiddo.

Abigail:  Alright boys whatís going on?  The British came by sea.  It was two lanterns not one.

Patrick:  Ian needed another clue, so we gave it to him.

Riley:  It was fake.  It was a fake clue.

Ben:  The all-seeing eye.  Through the all seeing eye. 

Riley:  That means by the time Ian figures it out, weíll still be trapped here and heíll shoot us then.  Either way weíre going to die.

Ben:  Nobodyís going to die.  There is another way out.

Riley:  Where?

Ben:  Through the treasure room.


Riley:  Looks like someone got here first.

Abigail:  Iím sorry Ben.

Ben:  Itís gone.

Patrick:  Listen Ben.

Ben:  It may have even been gone before Charles Carroll told the story to Thomas Gates.

Patrick:  It doesnít matter.

Ben:  I know, because you were right.

Patrick:  No I wasnít right.  This room is real Ben.  And that means the treasure is real.  Youíre in the company of some of the most brilliant minds in history because you found what they left behind for you to find and understood the meaning of it.  You did it Ben.  For all of us.  Your grandfather, and all of us.  And Iíve never been so happy to be proven wrong.

Ben:  I just really thought I was going to find the treasure.

Patrick:  Okay, then we just keep looking for it.

Abigail:  Iím in.

Ben:  Okay.

Riley:  Not to be Johnny rain cloud, but thatís not going to happen.  Because as far as I can see, weíre still trapped down here.  Oh Ben, whereís this other way out?

Ben:  Well thatís it, it doesnít make any sense.  The first thing the builders would have done after getting down here was cut a secondary shaft back out for airÖ

Patrick: Right.

Ben:  ÖIncase of cave ins.  Could it really be that simple?  The secret lies with Charlotte.

Inside the treasure room.

Abigail:  Scrolls from the Library of Alexandria.  Could this be possible?

Riley:  Thatís a big, bluish-green man, with a strange looking goatee.  Iím guessing thatís significant.

Ben:  Dad!

Abigail:  Riley, are you crying?

Riley:  Look, stairs.

Ben:  Hi.  Do you have a cell phone I can borrow?


Sedusky:  Just like that?

Ben:  Just like that.

Sedusky:  You do know you just handed me your biggest bargaining chip.

Ben:  The declaration of independence is not a bargaining chip. Not to me.

Sedusky:  Have a seat.  So whatís your offer?

Ben:  Oh how about a bribe?  Say 10 billion dollars?

Sedusky:  I take it you found the treasure.

Ben:  Itís about 5 stories beneath your shoes.

Sedusky:  You know the templars and the free masons believed that the treasure was too great for any one man to have.  Not even a king.  Thatís why they went to such lengths to keep it hidden. 

Ben:  Thatís right.  The founding fathers believed the same thing about government.  I figure their solution will work for the treasure too.

Sedusky:   Give it to the people. 

Ben:  Divide it among the Smithsonian, the Luve, the Cairo Museum.  Thereís thousands of years of world history down there, and it belongs to the world.  And everybody in it.

Sedusky:  You really donít understand the concept of a bargaining chip.

Ben:  Okay hereís what I want.  Dr. Chase gets off completely clean, not even a little post-it on her service record. 

Sedusky: Okay.

Ben:  I want the credit for the find to go to the entire Gates family with the assistance of Mr. Riley Poole.

Sedusky:  And what about you?

Ben:  I really would love not to go to prison.  I canít even begin to describe how much I would love not to go to prison.

Sedusky:  Someoneís got to go to prison Ben.

Ben:  Well if youíve got a helicopter I think I can help with that.

In Boston, at the Old North Church.

FBI Agents:  Freeze! Hands up!  Turn around now.

Sedusky:  Youíre under arrest Mr. Howe.  Weíve got you on kidnapping, attempted murder, and oh, trespassing on government property.

Ben, Riley, and Abigail are walking along Benís new estate.

Riley:  Yeah you got it chief.  Thank you.  Bye.  They want us in Cairo next week for the opening of the exhibit.  Theyíre sending a private jet.

Abigail:  Fun.

Riley:  Big whoop.  You could have had a whole fleet of private jets.  Ten percent Ben.  They offered you ten percent and you turn it down.

Ben:  Riley weíve been over this.  It was too much, I couldnít accept it.

Riley:  I actually have this splinter thatís been festering for three months from an old piece of wood.

Ben:  Iíll tell you what.  Next time we find a treasure that redefines history for all mankind, you make the call on the finderís fee.

Riley:  Itís not as funny.  What do you care?  You got the girl.

Abigail:  Itís true.

Ben:  Itís true.

Riley:  Enjoy your spoils while I sit on one percent. One stinking percent.  Half of one percent actually.  One percent.

Ben:  Iím sorry for your suffering Riley.

Riley:  For the record Ben,  I like the house.

Ben:  You know, I chose this estate because in 1812, Charles CarrolÖ

Riley:  did something in history and had fun.  Yeah thatís great.  Could have had a bigger house.

Abigail:  I made something for you.

Ben:  You did?  What?

Abigail:  A map. 

Ben:  A map.  Where does it lead to?

Abigail:  Youíll figure it out.




This script was merely written by a fan.  No copyright infringement is intended.  Everything is copyright to Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer.  Any part of the script reproduced from this copy is credited to Jen at Secret-Storm Productions.