Catch Me If You Can

December 25th, 2002








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Catch Me If You Can

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Plot
A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.8/10 (202,623 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

Storyline
An FBI agent tracks down and catches a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries.

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr.

Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio - Frank Abagnale Jr.
Tom Hanks - Carl Hanratty
Christopher Walken - Frank Abagnale
Martin Sheen - Roger Strong
Nathalie Baye - Paula Abagnale
Amy Adams - Brenda Strong
James Brolin - Jack Barnes
Brian Howe - Earl Amdursky
Frank John Hughes - Tom Fox
Steve Eastin - Paul Morgan
Chris Ellis - Special Agent Witkins
John Finn - Assistant Director Marsh
Jennifer Garner - Cheryl Ann
Nancy Lenehan - Carol Strong
Ellen Pompeo - Marci

Taglines: The true story of a real fake.

Release Date: 25 December 2002

Filming Locations: 3077 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $30,082,000 (USA) (29 December 2002) (3156 Screens)

Gross: $351,112,395 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Frank Abagnale Jr.] The real Frank W. Abagnale Jr arrests Leonardo DiCaprio in France, he is the man in the coat and hat who pins Leonardo against the police car.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Frank Abagnale Jr. first walks into the classroom where he impersonates the substitute teacher, one of the students is heard to use the word "frickin'", a word not coined yet in the 1960s.

Quotes:
Principal Evans: Mr. and Mrs. Abagnale, this is not a question of your son's attendance. I regret to inform you that, for the past week, Frank has been teaching Mrs. Glasser's French class.
Paula Abagnale: He what?
Principal Evans: Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher, lecturing the students, uh, giving out homework, uh. Mrs. Glasser has been ill, there was some confusion with the real sub. Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday and was planning a class field trip to a French bread factory in Trenton.



User Review

Very good film has those Spielberg edges!

Rating: 8/10

At first I thought I was going to see a lightweight film from a great director but instead I watched another impressive achievement by Steven Spielberg. A few things stand out and of course the performances are terrific. Leonardo Dicaprio is believable as a guy that can convince people that he's someone else. Dicaprio is a charmer and is very smooth as we watch his character do some fancy talk to the young ladies. Tom Hanks as the FBI agent reminds me of his cynical character that he played in "A League of Their Own" and his mere presence adds more to this film. The sign of a great film star. And Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances in his already interesting career. The last scene of him as he talks to his son in the restaurant is so moving that it reflects on the great talent of Walken. You can understand why Dicaprio admires and loves his father. Walken conveys these emotions and makes the audience react just accurately. I'll be rooting for him at Oscar time. Another impressive thing about this film is the beautiful cinematography by Janusz Kaminski who's a real artist with a camera and has worked on several Spielberg films. One shot in particular stands out. The ray of sunshine coming in through the kitchen window on Walken. Very thought provoking. And of course since its a Spielberg film its very personal. Spielberg was interested in the Frank Abagnale character because as a youngster he also came from a broken family and wanted to be someone else. Spielberg would sneak onto the studios and tell people that he worked there. Also, the real Frank Abagnale jr. appears as a French police officer. Well made, extremely well acted and sharply written. Viewers seem to forget that this is really a film about the breaking up of a family and the aftermath. This really is a personal film from Spielberg, and a very good one.




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