You're not supposed to be up here. looking at that.
I just wanted to know.
Well. You're 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 the last surviving signer of the Declaration of
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.
Did he talk to him?
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.
What was the secret?
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 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.
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 would never 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 or forgotten.
Until only one remained -
and that was the secret that Charles Carroll entrusted to young Thomas Gates.
"The secret lies with Charlotte. "
Oh. Not even Mr. Carroll knew that.
Now look here. Ben.
The Freemasons among our Founding Fathers left us clues.
The unfinished pyramid. The all-seeing eye.
Symbols of the Knights Templar. Guardians of the treasure.
- They're speaking to us through these. - You mean laughing at us.
You know what that dollar represents?
The entire Gates family fortune.
Six generations of fools... chasing after fool's gold.
It's not about the money. Patrick. It's never been about the money.
Come on. Son. Time to go.
You can... say your goodbyes.
Are we knights?
Do you want to be?
All right. Um... kneel.
Benjamin Franklin Gates.
You take upon yourself the duty of the Templars. The Freemasons
and the family Gates.
Do you so swear?
I so swear.
I was thinking about Henson and Peary.
Crossing this kind of terrain with nothing more than dog sleds and on foot.
- Can you imagine? - It's extraordinary.
We getting closer?
Assuming Ben's theory's correct and my tracking model's accurate.
We should be getting very close.
But don't go by me - I broke a shoelace this morning.
- It's... it's a bad omen. - Shall we turn around and go home?
Or we could pull over and just throw him out here.
Riley. You're not missing that little windowless cubicle we found you in?
No. No. Absolutely not.
Why are we stopping? I thought we were looking for a ship.
- I don't see any ship. - She's out there.
Look... this is a waste of time.
How could a ship wind up way out here?
Well. I'm no expert. But...
it could be that the hydrothermic properties of this region
produce hurricane-force ice storms
that cause the ocean to freeze and then melt and then refreeze.
Resulting in a semisolid migrating land mass
that would land a ship right around here.
Have Viktor check the fuel in the generators.
Two years ago. If you hadn't shown up. Hadn't believed the treasure was real.
I don't know if I ever would have found Charlotte.
You would have found it. I have no doubt.
That's why I didn't think it was as crazy an investment as everyone said.
I'm just relieved that I'm not as crazy as everyone says. Or said my dad was.
Or my granddad. Or my great-granddad.
- Let's go find some treasure. - Yeah. Bring us back something.
You handled that well.
This is it.
It's the cargo hold.
Do you think it's in the barrels?
Why would the captain be guarding this barrel?
I found something!
What is it?
Do you guys know what this is?
Is it a billion-dollar pipe?
It's a meerschaum pipe. Ah. That is beautiful.
Look at the intricacy of the scrollwork on the stem.
- Is it a million-dollar pipe? - No. It's a clue.
Let me see that.
No. Don't break it!
We are one step closer to the treasure. Gentlemen.
Ben. I thought you said that the treasure would be on the Charlotte.
No. "The secret lies with Charlotte. "
I said it could be here.
It's Templar symbols.
"The legend writ. "
"The stain effected. "
"The key in Silence undetected. "
"Fifty-five in iron pen. "
"Mr. Matlack can't offend. "
It's a riddle.
I need to think.
"The legend writ. "
"The stain effected. "
There's the legend of the Templar treasure. And the stain effects the legend.
"The key in Silence undetected. "
The legend and the key... Now there's something.
Maps have legends. Maps have keys.
It's a map. An invisible map. So now...
Wait a minute. What do you mean. "Invisible" - "an invisible map"?
"The stain effected" could refer to a dye or a reagent
used to bring about a certain result.
Combined with "The key in Silence undetected. "
The implication is that the effect is to make what was undetectable detectable.
Unless... "The key in Silence" could be...
See. I can do it too. Snorkel.
That's where the map is. Like he said. "Fifty-five in iron pen. "
"Iron pen" is a prison.
Or it could be. Since the primary writing medium of the time was iron gall ink.
The "pen" is... just a pen.
But then why not say a pen? Why... why say "iron pen"?
'Cause it's a prison.
Wait a minute. "Iron pen" - the "iron" does not describe the ink in the pen.
It describes what was penned.
It was "iron" - it was firm. It was mineral...
No. No. No. That's stupid.
It was... It was firm. It was adamant. It was resolved.
It was resolved.
"Mr. Matlack can't 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.
Come on. There's no invisible map on the back of the Declaration of
That's clever. Really. A document of that importance
would ensure the map's survival.
And you said there were several Masons signed it. Yeah?
Yeah. Nine. For sure.
We'll have to arrange a way to examine it.
This is one of the most important documents in history.
They're not just gonna let us waltz in there and run chemical tests on it.
- Then what do you propose we do? - I don't know!
We could borrow it.
- I don't think so. - Ben...
the treasure of the Knights Templar is the treasure of all treasures.
Oh. I didn't know that. Really?
Look. Ben... 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.
We all have our areas of expertise.
You don't think mine are limited to writing checks. Do you?
In another life...
I arranged a number of operations of... questionable legality.
I'd take his word for it. If I were you.
So don't worry. I'll make all the arrangements.
I'd really need your help here.
Lan... I'm not gonna let you steal the Declaration of Independence.
From this point on all you're going to be is a hindrance.
What are you gonna do? Are you gonna shoot me. Shaw?
Well. You can't shoot me. There's more to the riddle.
Information you don't have. I do.
I'm the only one who can figure it out. And you know that.
We played poker together. Lan. You know I can't bluff.
Tell me what I need to know. Ben.
Or I'll shoot your friend.
Quiet. Riley! Your job's finished here.
Look where you're standing. All that gunpowder.
You shoot me. I drop this. We all go up.
What happens when the flare burns down?
Tell me what I need to know. Ben.
You need to know...
if Shaw can catch.
Nice try. Though.
Get out. Shaw!
Riley. Get over here!
- What is this? - Smuggler's hold. Get in!
Move! Get out of here!
- What? - Move! Get out!
Let's go. Let's go! She's gonna blow!
OK. Let's go. Before someone sees the smoke.
There's an Inuit village about nine miles east of here.
- It's popular with bush pilots. - All right.
- Then what are we gonna do? - Start making our way back home.
No. I meant about Ian. He's gonna steal the Declaration of Independence. Ben.
We stop him.
Is it really so hard to believe
that someone's gonna try to steal the Declaration of Independence?
The FBI gets 10.000 tips a week.
They're not gonna worry about something they're sure is safe.
But anyone that can do anything is gonna think we're crazy.
Anyone crazy enough to believe us isn't gonna want to help.
We don't need someone crazy. But one step short of crazy. What do you get?
- Dr. Chase can see you now. Mr. Brown. - Thank you.
The family name doesn't get a lot of respect in the academic community.
Huh. Being kept down by the man.
A very cute man.
- Good afternoon. Gentlemen. - Hi.
- Abigail Chase. - Paul Brown.
- Nice to meet you. - Bill.
Nice to meet you. Bill.
- How may I help you? - Your accent. Pennsylvania Dutch?
- You're not American? - Oh. I am an American.
I just wasn't born here. Please don't touch that!
Sorry. A neat collection. George Washington's campaign buttons.
You're missing the 1789 inaugural. Though.
- I found one once. - That's very fortunate for you.
Now. You told my assistant that this was an urgent matter.
Well. I'm gonna get straight to the point.
Someone's gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.
I think I'd better put you gentlemen in touch with the FBI.
- We've been to the FBI. - And?
They assured us that the Declaration cannot possibly be stolen.
- They're right. - 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 certain if it were actually in any danger.
What do you think you're gonna find?
We believe that there's an... encryption on the back.
- An encryption. Like a code? - Yes. Ma'am.
- A map. - Yes. Ma'am.
A map of what?
The location of...
...of hidden items of historic and intrinsic value.
- A treasure map? - That's where we lost the FBI.
You're treasure-hunters. Aren't you?
We're more like treasure-protectors.
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...
"Four of July. 1776." Yes. Ma'am.
But no map.
And that's where we lost the Department of Homeland Security.
What led you to assume there's this invisible map?
We found an engraving on the stem of a 200-year-old pipe.
Owned by Freemasons.
- May I see the pipe? - We don't have it.
- Did Big Foot take it? - It was nice meeting you.
Nice to meet you. Too.
And. You know. That really is a nice collection.
Must have taken you a long time to hunt down all that history.
If it's any consolation. You had me convinced.
I was thinking. What if we go public. Plaster the story all over the Internet?
It's not like we have our reputations to worry about.
Although I don't think that's exactly gonna scare Ian away.
180 years of searching. And I'm three feet away.
Of all the words written here about freedom.
There's a line here that's at the heart of all the others.
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations.
Pursuing 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 don't talk that way anymore.
- No idea what you said. - It means. If there's something wrong.
Those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take
I'm gonna steal it.
I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.
This is... huge.
It's prison huge.
You are gonna go to prison. You know that?
So that would bother most people.
Lan'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.
Ben. For God's sakes.
It's like stealing a national monument. OK?
It's like stealing him.
It can't be done. Not shouldn't be done. It can't be done.
Let me prove it to you.
OK. Ben. Pay attention.
I've brought you to the Library of Congress.
Why? Because it's the biggest library in the world.
Over 20 million books.
And they're all saying the same exact thing:
Listen to Riley.
What we have here. My friend. Is an entire layout of the archives.
Short of builders' blueprints.
You've got construction orders. Phone lines.
Water and sewage - it's all here.
Now. When the Declaration is on display. OK.
It is surrounded by guards and video monitors
and a little family from Iowa and little kids on their eighth-grade field trip.
And beneath an inch of bulletproof glass is an army of sensors and heat monitors
that will go off if someone gets too close with a high fever.
Now. When it's not on display.
It is lowered into a four-foot-thick concrete. Steel-plated vault...
that happens to be equipped with an electronic combination lock
and biometric access-denial systems.
You know. Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2.000 times
to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light
When asked about it. He said. "I didn't fail.
I found out 2.000 ways how not to make a light bulb. "
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?
Delicious jams and jellies?
No. That's where they clean. Repair and maintain
all the documents and the storage housings
when they're not on display or in the vault.
Now. When the case needs work they take it out of the vault. Directly across the
and 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 VIPs upstairs.
But we'll make our way to the Preservation Room. Where there's much less
Well. If Ian...
The gala. Huh?
This might be possible.
And we are in.
There you are. Hello.
That's what I want.
I'll buy that.
This just came for you.
I hope it's not from Stan.
"For the woman who has everything else... Thanks for listening. Paul Brown. "
- Let's do this by the book. - Hallway is secure.
- Keep the document level. - No problem.
What have you got?
The heat sensor went off in the Declaration frame.
Run full diagnostics. Then I want them all changed out.
Our evil plan is working.
Ben. Are you sure that we should?
- Can you hear me? - Unfortunately. Yeah.
We're all set in here.
You want to go around to the front and present your invitation.
You're gonna have to show ID. Go ahead. Man.
I need your invitation and your ID. Please.
How do you look?
- Not bad. - Mazel tov.
This is it.
- Oh. Mr. Brown. - Dr. Chase.
- What are you doing here? - Is that that hot girl?
- How does she look? - I made a last-minute donation. A big one.
Well. On that subject. Thank you for your wonderful gift.
- Oh. You did get it? Good. - Yes. Thank you.
You know. I really couldn't accept something like that normally. But...
I really want it.
- Well. You needed it. - Come on. Romeo. Get outta there.
I have been wondering. Though. What the engraving indicated
on the pipe that Big Foot took.
- Here you go. - Oh. Dr. Herbert. This is Mr. Brown.
- Hi. - Hi there.
- Who's the stiff? - Here. Why don't you let me take that?
- So you can take that off his hands. - Thank you.
A toast. Yeah?
To high treason.
That's 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! Oh. My personal favorite - and had their entrails cut out and burned!
So. Here's to the men who did what was considered wrong
in order to do what they knew was right.
What they knew was right.
Well. Good night.
- Good night. - Good night.
OK. Go! Go!
This better work.
- On. - Door one. 30 seconds.
How does it look?
It's working. It's working...
Second door. 90 seconds.
Well done. Boys. Let's go.
- We're in the elevator. - OK.
I'm gonna turn off the surveillance cameras. Ready?
In five. Four.
You are now the Invisible Man.
- I'm here. - Give me the letters for her password.
What do you got for me?
Hit me with it.
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It's "Valley Forge" - she pressed the E and L twice.
Valley Forge was a turning point in the American Revolution.
Can I marry your brain?
Ben. You're doing great.
Ben. Pick it up.
You got about one...
We own video.
- I lost my feed. - What?
I lost my feed. Ben.
I don't know where anyone is. I have nothing.
Ben. I have no... Ben. I have nothing.
Get out of there. Get out of there now.
I'm taking the whole thing. I'll get it out in the elevator.
What are you talking about? Is it heavy?
Shaw. Door three. One minute.
What was that?
- Damn. - He's got the bloody map!
Are you still there? Ben?
I'm in the elevator.
- Lan's here. There was. Uh. Shooting. - I hate that guy.
Hey. Rebecca. Do you have a Paul Brown on that list?
No. Not here.
Have a good night.
Are you trying to steal that?
- For this? - Yeah.
- That's a lot. - Hey. I don't make the prices.
I have $32...