National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Synopsis: While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben's great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase, and Riley Poole to Buckingham Palace (which they break into). They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The plank has only one symbol that Patrick Gates can identify. The symbol is Cibola (see-bowl-uh) meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben's mother, Patrick's divorced wife. After 32 years it brings back old arguments. After that the other clue is in the President's desk in the Oval Office in the White House (which Ben and Abigail sneak into) to discover that the clue lies in The President's
Director(s): Jon Turteltaub
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

He's in the other room.

- Are you Thomas Gates?

- Yes.

We got something

that we'd like you to take a look at.

I hear you're quite good

with puzzles and riddles.

- It's a coded message.

- It's a Playfair cipher.

- Playfair cipher?

- Can you decode it?

Cipher's impossible to decode

without the key.

- What do you mean by "a key"?

- A keyword or phrase.

I believe what you need is right there.

It'll take some time.

Go on. I'll take your diary.

I'll meet up with you later.


...calculate the distance

and you're sure to hit the mark

in about most things

as well as shootin'.

...ready to pour out all over you

like apple sass over roast pork.

I'll take care not to

give up my hold on poor De Boots

till I am quite sure of the American.

Ah, that's my own girl.

Augusta, dear, to your room. turn you inside out, old

gal, you sockdologizing old man-trap.

Sic semper tyrannis!



Cibola? This is a treasure map.

KGC? You're Knights of the

Golden Circle. You're a traitor.

You're all traitors.

- President Lincoln's been shot!

- Everybody, out! All of you!

Killer's on the loose!

I'd much appreciate it if you'd finish

deciphering that code now.

- Dad!

- The war is over.


- No!

- No!

You're wrong about that.

The war has only just begun!


The debt that all men... men pay.

The debt that all men p...

Dad! No, please!

Come back. It's not fair.

Help! Somebody help, please!

So recapping:

The Knights of the Golden Circle

was a Southern extremist group,

operating in the north

to subvert Union forces.

Had Thomas not burned the legendary

missing pages from the Booth diary,

the killers may have found

a vast treasure of gold,

and the Union may well have

lost the Civil War.

Thank you.

I'd like

to thank Ben and Patrick Gates.

Thank you.

And say what a wonderful addition Thomas

Gates is to our civilian heroes exhibit.

Thank you.

Thank you, Dr. Nichols.

I only wish my grandfather

had been here to see this wonderful day.

Excuse me.

I have a question I'd like to ask.

What do you think happened

to that Booth diary page

- that was pulled out of the fire?

- We may never know.


Perhaps not.

You see, I have one of those

great-great-granddaddies, like you,

way up in my family tree,

name of Silas Wilkinson.

He used to tell a story

about the night Lincoln was shot.

As Silas tells it,

Booth didn't seek out Thomas Gates

regarding the treasure map that night.

It was Thomas who called the meeting.

A meeting to plan

the assassination of Lincoln.

- How absurd.

- That's a lie!

Ladies and gentlemen,

I present to you... of the missing pages from the

infamous diary of John Wilkes Booth

with the name Thomas Gates written on

a list along with all the other killers.

- And Latin?

- Booth was a student of Latin.

He shouted, "Sic semper tyrannis"

after he shot Lincoln.

- "Thus always to..."

- "Thus always to tyrants." We know.

- "Surratt, copiae"?

- Military supplies.

Mary Surratt was convicted and hanged

for supplying Booth with

a rifle and field glasses.

- "Thomas Gates, artifex."

- "Designer"

- or "mastermind."

- I know what it means.

He must have,

uh, planned the assassination.

- I see.

- Could mean mastermind of anything.

You see that?

Burned out right there.

I can only imagine how difficult

this must be for you.

- May I, Mr...?

- Wilkinson.

I'll see if this new page

matches the Booth diary.

This is an outrage.

You're calling my grandfather a liar.

With respect, now you're calling

my great-great-granddaddy a liar.

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