Cool Runnings

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Susan B Landau, Christopher Meledandri, Jeffrey Bydalek
  • Writers: Lynn Siefert
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Leon Robinson, John Candy, Doug E Doug, Malik Yoba, Rawle D Lewis

Irving “Irv” Blitzer is an American bobsled double gold medalist at the 1968 Winter Olympics, who finished first in two events again in 1972 but was disqualified for cheating and retired in disgrace to Jamaica, where he leads a destitute life as a bookie. He is approached by top 100m runner Derice Bannock, who failed to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympics when another opponent, Junior Bevil, tripped at the trials, and pushcart driving champion Sanka Coffie, who both wish to use his previous experience as a coach in order to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics as bobsledders. Irv had been good friends with Derice’s father, Ben, a former sprinter whom Irv had tried to recruit for the bobsled team years ago. Yul Brenner, another runner who was tripped at the qualifier by Junior, also joins the team. After Irv is convinced to coach the team, the three months of practice begins, initially resulting in embarrassment. However, the four men acclimate to the sport and travel to Calgary and the Olympics.

The Jamaicans’ first day on the track results in, once more, embarrassment, and a last-place finish. The second day proves better; the Jamaican team finishes with a fast time which puts them in eighth position. For the first half of the final day’s race it looks as though they will break the world bobsled speed record, until tragedy strikes; their sled, due to one of the blades falling off, flips on its side coming out of a turn towards the end of their run, leaving them meters short of the finish line. However, the team lifts their sled up and walks across the finish line to rousing applause from onlookers. The team, at the end, feels accomplished enough to return in four years to the next winter Olympics. A brief epilogue states the team returned to Jamaica as heroes, and upon their return to the Winter Olympics four years later, they were treated as equals.

The Sorcerer s Apprentice

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel

An average college student (Jay Baruchel) is reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer (Nicolas Cage), who gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic to prepare him for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern Manhattan.[2]

While You Were Sleeping

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth
  • Writers: Daniel G Sullivan, Fredric LeBow
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a lonely fare collector on the Chicago elevated railway. The highlight of her days is selling a token to a handsome commuter, Peter Callaghan (played by Peter Gallagher), on whom she has a secret crush. Working on Christmas, Lucy witnesses Peter being mugged and pushed onto the tracks, and she rescues him from an oncoming train. Peter falls into a coma and she accompanies him to the hospital, where she fantasizes aloud, “I was going to marry him”. A nurse overhears her and, misinterpreting the situation, tells the head physician, a policeman and Callaghan’s family that Lucy is his fiancée. At first Lucy is too caught up in the madness of everyone’s panic to tell the truth, and after that she is too embarrassed to.

An orphan with few friends, she becomes so captivated with the quirky Callaghans and their unconditional love for her, that she cannot bring herself to hurt them by revealing that Peter doesn’t even know her. She spends a delayed Christmas with the family so “they can get to know each other”. Lucy then meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), who has taken over his father’s business and is always working. Jack is very suspicious at first, saying Peter never mentioned Lucy or a marriage, which is not like him. Later on, after spending some time together to get acquainted, Jack starts to realize that he himself has feelings for Lucy.

The film ends with the two happily married in wedding attire, on the back of a train departing from the station, complete with a sign reading “Just Married”. Lucy explains that Peter once asked when she fell in love with Jack, and Lucy replied, “It was while you were sleeping.”

National Treasure

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, John Turteltaub
  • Writers: Story by, Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Screenplay by, Marianne Cormac Wibberley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, Yves Michel Beneche, Jason Earles

The story centers on Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage), an amateur cryptologist with a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and an American history degree from Georgetown who comes from a long line of treasure hunters that believe in the legend of a fantastic treasure trove of artifacts and gold, hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States, and forgotten to all but a few. The first clue was given to Ben’s great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas Gates (Jason Earles) by Charles Carroll, the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence, saying simply, “The secret lies with Charlotte”.

Using sophisticated computer arctic weather models, Ben, with his friend Riley Poole (Bartha) and financier Ian Howe (Bean), finds the wreckage of a Colonial ship, the Charlotte, containing a meerschaum pipe engraved with a riddle. After examining the riddle, Ben deduces that the next clue is on the back of the Declaration of Independence. While Ben sees gaining access to such a highly guarded artifact as an obstacle, Ian finds no problem in stealing it. In the standoff, Ian escapes and the Charlotte explodes with Ben and Riley inside, nearly killing them.

They attempt to warn the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and Dr. Abigail Chase (Kruger) at the National Archives, but no one takes them seriously, believing it to be too heavily guarded to be under any threat. Ben thinks otherwise, however, and decides to steal it to keep it from Ian. Ben and Riley manage to steal the Declaration during a 70th anniversary-gala, just before Ian arrives. Dr. Chase, who is holding a replica, is kidnapped by Ian who thinks she has the real one, and Ben has to engage in a car chase to rescue her. As she will not leave without the Declaration, and Ben will not let her leave with it, she is forced to go along with them.

When they leave through the second exit and the FBI arrives, Ben discovers that the chief investigator, Special agent Peter Sadusky (Keitel), is a Freemason. Ben proposes to give the treasure to various museums around the world, with credit being given to the entire Gates family and Riley, with Dr. Chase not being penalized for the theft of the Declaration. However, Sadusky says that someone has to go to prison for the theft of the Declaration, so they fly to Boston, where Ian and his men are breaking the lock to gain entry to the Old North Church. FBI agents emerge from hiding and arrest them under charges of “kidnapping, attempted murder, and trespassing on government property.” The U.S. government offers Ben and his friends 10% of the treasure, but Ben only takes 1% and splits it with Riley. With his share, Ben and Abigail buy a mansion once owned by a man who knew Charles Carroll, and Riley buys a red Ferrari 360 Spider. The film ends with Abigail giving Ben a map and when he curiously asks what it leads to she just smiles a suggestive grin.

National Treasure Book of Secrets

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jon Turteltaub, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Story, Gregory Poirier, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Screenplay, Marianne Wibberley Cormac Wibberley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris

Five days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth and Michael O’Laughlen, both members of the KGC, enter a tavern and approach Thomas Gates (Ben Gates’ great-great-grandfather), a well-known puzzle solver, to decode a coded message written in Booth’s diary. Thomas recognizes the message as using the Playfair cipher and begins to translate it. While he does so, Booth leaves for Ford’s Theatre to assassinate President Lincoln. Thomas solves the puzzle, a clue to a treasure map, and realizes the men are still loyal to the Confederate cause and have a sinister motive for finding the treasure. Unfortunately, he realizes this too late. O’Laughlen pulls a gun on him, threatening to shoot him if he does not hand over the diary, however he is distracted from Thomas when chaos erupts in the bar over news of Lincoln’s assassination. Thomas rips several pages from the diary and throws them in the fireplace. The gunman shoots him and attempts to retrieve the pages, only succeeding in saving a fragment of a page. The dying Thomas gasps, “The war is over,” but the man disagrees, stating, “You’re wrong about that. The war has only just begun!” and rushes from the bar. As he lies dying, Thomas tells his distraught son, Charles Gates, “The debt that all men pay…”

Several days later, a team of archaeologists, historians, and scientists begin exploring Cibola, along with Mr. Gates and Ms. Appleton. Later on, at a celebration for the Gates family for the discovery of the lost city of gold at Mount Rushmore, Abigail asks Ben if he would like to move back in to their house with her, although he (at first) bluntly refuses because of her habit of using the word “so…” she manages to convince him otherwise and they share a passionate kiss. Meanwhile Riley finaly gets noted for being the writer of his book and does not need to lie about being Ben to get fame. He gets fame from a girl, he also gets a new Ferrari after his frist one got towed in the beggining. The car was tax free, having the president suppoesedly pay for it.