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NATIONAL TREASURE is NICOLAS CAGE's (Benjamin Franklin Gates) fourth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer; following "The Rock,” "Con Air” and "Gone in 60 Seconds.” Cage is one of the most versatile actors of our time, having proven his talent across a broad range of genres from action to poignant drama to comedy. His memorable performance in Mike Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas” earned him an Academy Award®. He also received a Golden Globe® and Best Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review for the role.

Most recently, Cage starred in Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men,” playing a phobic con artist opposite Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman. In 2002 Cage garnered Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations for his dual roles of twin brothers, Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Spike Jonze's "Adaptation.” At the end of 2002, Cage released his feature film directorial debut, "Sonny,” starring James Franco, Mena Suvari, Brenda Blethyn and Harry Dean Stanton. Also in 2002, Cage's production company, Saturn Films, produced "The Life of David Gale” starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. Cage also served as producer on "Shadow of the Vampire,” in which Willem Dafoe garnered an Academy Award® nomination. Also in 2002, Cage starred in John Woo's "Windtalkers” and "Captain Correlli's Mandolin,” directed by John Madden.

Recently, Cage received the first ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest. In addition, he was awarded with the famous Hollywood Boulevard Hand/Foot print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater, honored by the American Cinematheque with their 2001 Moving Picture Ball Award, following the likes of previous honorees such as Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster.

His other recent films include the moving Christmas tale "Family Man” and Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out The Dead.” In 1997, he starred in the critically acclaimed John Woo action thriller "Face Off ” opposite John Travolta. The role earned him numerous accolades ranging from the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actor to three MTV Movie Award nominations.

Cage first came to the fore and received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor for his role opposite Cher in the offbeat romantic comedy "Moonstruck.” He garnered a second Golden Globe® nomination for his role in the 1992 romantic comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas.”

His other film credits include "Guarding Tess” opposite Shirley MacLaine, the highly acclaimed film noir "Red Rock West,” David Lynch's "Wild at Heart,” which garnered the Palm d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, "Eight Millimeter,” Brian De Palma's "Snake Eyes,” Wim Wenders'"Wings of Desire,” "It Could Happen to You,” Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death,” "Birdy,” "Valley Girl,” the Coen Brothers' "Raising Arizona,” "Cotton Club” and "Peggy Sue Got Married,” among others. He made his feature film debut in "Rumble Fish.” Cage will next be seen in Gore Verbinski's "The Weather” starring with Michael Caine and Hope Davis and Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War” with Ethan Hawke.


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