A 10-minute extended preview of Walt Disney Pictures' NATIONAL TREASURE will debut as an online exclusive event next Tuesday, October 19, with an unprecedented launch across the America Online and Moviefone.com services. America Online will simultaneously premiere this exclusive feature on the AOL® Welcome Screen; the AOL.com® site; AOL Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM®); Red(TM) and KOL(TM), America Online's stand-alone services for teens and kids; and the Moviefone®, Netscape®; AOL® CityGuide, AOL® Entertainment, AOL® Music and [email protected] networks.

Commenting on the launch, Oren Aviv, President of Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, said, "NATIONAL TREASURE is a smart, exciting, original action-adventure with a rich mythology behind the story of a secret treasure -- these extended scenes do a fantastic job of setting up the clues, action and mysteries that follow. We are pleased to offer this exclusive opportunity to our partner, AOL. They not only bring an unparalleled level of support to the table but also the perfect audience for a film that truly defines the term broad appeal."

"The simultaneous launch of the NATIONAL TREASURE ten-minute preview across the AOL service and AOL Web properties, such as Moviefone and CityGuide, represents a unique effort to showcase a new movie to the largest audience of moviegoers on the Internet," said Steven Yee, Vice President and General Manager, AOL Movies and Moviefone.com. "With our huge and diverse audience, we believe that this extended preview of NATIONAL TREASURE will have great appeal to all segments of our community."

Film Synopsis

A secret from our nation's past will lead to the greatest adventure in history. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Rock," and "Armageddon") and director Jon Turteltaub ("Phenomenon," "While You Were Sleeping") team up to bring you "National Treasure."

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage stars as the brilliant Benjamin Franklin Gates, third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure's location right before our eyes ... from our nation's birthplace, to the nation's capitol, to clues buried within the symbols on the dollar bill.

Gates' life-long journey leads him to the last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. As word of the invisible map spreads among the enemies of freedom, Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the authorities, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary (Sean Bean), decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.

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