Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken


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A gifted forger and confidence man attempts to stay one step ahead of the lawman determined to bring him to justice in this comedy-drama from Steven Spielberg, based on a true story. Frank W. Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a 16-year-old high school student who finds himself emotionally cut adrift when his mother, Paula (Nathalie Baye), leaves his father, Frank…  See more details below


A gifted forger and confidence man attempts to stay one step ahead of the lawman determined to bring him to justice in this comedy-drama from Steven Spielberg, based on a true story. Frank W. Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a 16-year-old high school student who finds himself emotionally cut adrift when his mother, Paula (Nathalie Baye), leaves his father, Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken), after Frank Sr. falls into arrears with the Internal Revenue Service. One day at school, Frank Jr. attempts to pass himself off as a substitute teacher, and easily makes the subterfuge work. His small-scale success gives Frank some ideas, and he soon discovers bigger and more profitable ways of hoaxing others, passing himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor, and an attorney. Along the way, Frank learns how to become a master forger, and uses his talent and charm to pass over 2.5 million dollars in phony checks. Frank's increasingly audacious work soon attracts the attention of Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), an FBI agent who is determined to put Frank behind bars. Frank seems to enjoy being pursued by Carl, and even goes so far as to call Carl on the phone to chat every once in a while. While posing as a doctor, Frank falls in love with Brenda Strong (Amy Adams), a sweet girl working as a candy striper. When Frank asks Brenda to marry him, he decides to assume a new identity to impress her father, Roger (Martin Sheen) -- who happens to be the District Attorney of New Orleans, LA. Catch Me If You Can was based on the autobiography of the real Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who has a cameo in the film and today works on the side of the law as a top consultant on preventing forgery and designing secure checking systems.

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All Movie Guide
Leaving behind the darker implications found in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report, Steven Spielberg brings audiences a highly enjoyable cat-and-mouse escapade in Catch Me if You Can. Despite purposely fudging some fairly major aspects of Frank Abagnale Jr.'s personal history for dramatic effect -- the character of Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), for example, is completely fictitious -- the film is nonetheless an engaging and relatively accurate account of Abagnale's life. Somewhat overshadowed by Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson in Gangs of New York, Leonardo DiCaprio's talents have not been showcased this well since his Academy Award nominated performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio's boyish features and bright charisma make for a sympathetic portrayal of the young con artist, and Frank's actions seem less motivated by greed than they are by the desire to restore his family to what it once was, as well as, ironically, a way to discover his true identity. Tom Hanks puts in an equally strong performance as droll FBI agent Hanratty, whose determination to apprehend Frank is more of an exercise in his own ideals and even paternal concern than an ego-motivated manhunt. The film's only major faults are the palpable slow down in its later half, and a conclusion that, like A.I. and Minority Report, does not seem to end where it should. Regardless, Catch Me if You Can is a beautifully shot, thoroughly enjoyable movie with a whole lot of heart.
Entertainment Weekly
DiCaprio, though 27 when the film was shot, has just the right touch of baby-cheeked deadpan innocence to make you believe in the schemes of this eager boy grifter. Owen Gleiberman
New York Times
The most charming of Mr. Spielberg's mature films, because is it so relaxed. Stephen Holden
Washington Post
One of the most enjoyable films of the year. Stephen Hunter
New York Observer
That rarity of rarities, a mainstream American feel-good movie with both charm and intelligence. Andrew Sarris

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Special Features

Catch Me If You Can: Behind the Camera; Cast Me If You Can: The Casting of the Film; Scoring: Catch Me If You Can; Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction; The FBI Perspective; Catch Me If You Can: In Closing; Photo Galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Frank Abagnale, Jr.
Tom Hanks Carl Hanratty
Christopher Walken Frank Abagnale, Sr.
Martin Sheen Roger Strong
Nathalie Baye Paula Abagnale
Amy Adams Brenda Strong
James Brolin Jack Barnes
Brian Howe Tom Fox
Frank John Hughes Earl Amdursky
Steve Eastin Paul Morgan
Chris Ellis Special Agent Witkins
John Finn Assistant Director Marsh
Jennifer Garner Cheryl Ann
Jamie Anderson Ailene
Kam Heskin Candie
Phil Reeves Actor
Frank Abagnale French Policeman
Amy Acker Miggy
Jasmine Jessica Anthony Little Girl
Jim Antonio Victor Griffin
Candice Azzara Darcy
Mike Baldridge Terry
Elizabeth Banks Lucy
Alexandre Bisping French Police
Jean-François Blanchard French Police Captain
Stan Bly Blind Man
Jane Bodle TWA Ticket Agent
Dominic Bond Choir
Joshua Boyd Football Player
Jonathan Brent Dr. Ashland
Jean-François Brousseau Choir
Robert Curtis-Brown Front Desk Clerk
Francis Campeau Choir
Raphaël Cardin Choir
Lilyan Chauvin Mrs. Lavalier
Ashley Cohen Party Twin
Kelly Cohen Party Twin
Lauren Cohn Female Teller
Jessica Collins Peggy
Mercedes Cornett Heather
Thomas Crawford FBI Agent
Marc-Antoine Côté Choir
Jonathan Danker Student #1
Fred Datig Co-Pilot
Kyle Davis Kid
Alfred Dennis Ira Penner
Kaitlin Doubleday Joanna
Antoine Drolet-Dumoulin Choir
Celine Du Tertre Little Girl on Street
James DuMont FBI Agent
Stephen Dunham Pilot
Patrice Dussault French Police
Léon Dussault-Gagné Choir
Shane Edelman Doctor Harris
Joel Ewing Party Guy
Eugene Fleming Ticket Clerk
Joe Garagiola Himself
Mathieu Gaudreault French Police
Brian Goodman Motel Owner
Vincent Généreux Choir
Dave Hager Judge
Ellis Hall Piano Player/Singer
Kitty Carlisle Hart Herself
Simon Houle-Gauthier Choir
Jeremy Howard Teen Waiter
Kelly Hutchinson Young Female Teller
Alex Hyde-White Mr. Kesner
Sébastien Jean Choir
Jennifer Kan Female Bank Teller
Brandon Keener Pilot
Deborah Kellner Debra Jo
Max J. Kerstein Penner Brother
Donna Kimball TWA Stewardess
Matthew Kimbrough Loan Officer
Jack Knight Man #3
Thomas Kopache Principal Evans
Sarah Lancaster Riverbend Woman
Pascal Larouche Choir
William Lauzon Choir
Florent Legault Choir
Nancy Lenehan Carol Strong
Roger Leger Prison Guard
Jennifer Manley Ashley
Jill Matson Riverbend Woman
J. Patrick McCormack Auctioneer
Kelly McNair Girl #1
Jason McNally Choir
Andrew Meeks Young Patient
Steven Meizler Piano Player
Maggie Mellin Teacher
Gerald R. Molen FBI Agent
Ritchie Montgomery Young Doctor
James Morrison Pilot
Jamie Moss Young Man
Jan Munroe Captain Oliver
Benita Krista Nall Emergency Nurse
Jaime Ray Newman Monica
Julien Normandeau Choir
Patrick Thomas O'Brien Mr. Hendricks
David Parent-Laliberté Choir
Paul Todd Maitre D'
Alexandre Pepin Choir
Robert Peters FBI Agent
Ellen Pompeo Marci
Anthony Powers NY Savings Bank Manager
Ray Proscia Salesman
Ana Maria Quintana Hotel Maid
Nicolas Radeschi Choir
Jonathan René Choir
Robert Symonds Mr. Rosen
Sarah Rush Secretary
Morgan Rusler FBI Agent
Robert Ruth Hotel Manager
Jimmie F. Skaggs Bartender
Angela Sorensen Party Girl
Samuel St. Amour Choir
Guy Thauvette Warden Garren
Malachi Throne Abe Penner
Margaret Travolta Ms. Davenport
Guy-Daniel Tremblay French Police
Jack Wagner Kid
Jane Edith Wilson Bar Examiner
Steve Witting Manager
Wendy Worthington Receptionist

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Barry Kemp Executive Producer
Sarah Knowles Art Director
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Daniel Lupi Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Devorah Moos-Hanklin Co-producer
Jeff Nathanson Screenwriter
Elaine O'Donnell Set Decoration/Design
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Walter Parkes Producer
Anthony D. Parrillo Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Peter Rogness Art Director
Tony Romano Executive Producer
Russell Moore Set Decoration/Design
Michel Shane Executive Producer
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Debra Zane Casting
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

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Catch Me If You Can 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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This movie, in terms of just plain entertainment, was so good. It was a very fun movie to watch and was thoroughly enjoyable. Christopher Walken was perfect as the out of luck loving dad, Tom Hanks was hilarious as the FBI agent, and Leonardo Di Caprio was perfect for this role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great escapist entertainment. Even if you like deep and serious melodrama, you have to really take your hat off to this film. Sort of like a vacation from the serious. I'm not a particular fan of Speilberg, DiCaprio OR Hanks, but the three have made a very fun if light movie. Jennifer Garner though steals the show with her brief scene! Do your brain a favor, send it on vacation and kick back and enjoy this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie for everone(exept one 10 second seen for kids).Tom Hanks and Leo decapro where amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it was brilliant but cool, very sneaky and breath taking
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch this movie because of Leonardo Di Carpio. This movie really captured my heart. The story of cleverness and love, a love for that drove Frank Abagnale to cheat and lied. A love for the money that makes their life became sad. But most of all, the ending was great and I really love the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Very intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had such a great time watching this movie. It's one of the few movies I've ever seen that's kept me laughing from beginning to end. Tom Hanks and Leonardo Dicaprio are great and the movie is different--but still awesome--as it switches between present and flashback. It was cool to see other actresses such as Jennifer Garner with roles in it. The music was much different than what John Williams usually composes, but the music fits perfectly with the movie. If you want to see a great, hilarious movie, I recommend you see this.
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Okay, let's face it: Leonardo DiCaprio got himself off to a bad start in my opinion with Titanic. My best friend, however, was set on seeing this. I reluctantly agreed, and ended up having the time of my life. It was undoubtedly the funniest movie I've seen in who knows how long, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie of cat-and-mouse. Leonardo Dicaprio gives a great performance as a con man on the run, and Tom Hanks steps away from his typical role of the underdog you want to route for. It's a great departure for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Frank W Abagnale Jr. I think that they did a very good job but it was not completely true. Read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I'm not a big leo fan, I still think his performance along with Tom Hanks was good. Of course, anything from Steven Spielberg is bound to be good. But the story line is the big prize. It's as good as it comes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie and i thought that it was real entertaining. i really liked how he kept switching charecters.The story line moved rapidly and kept peole on the edge of there sits. i would definitly reccomend this movie to my frinds. The only flaw was that it is kind of sad that it is true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie actually was very well done and followed the real story about as well as a hollywood movie can. If you are really interested in the story read the book. The description of his time in a French prison was amazing. Safe to say, I will never visit france after reading this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
K so i had never seen this movie before i bought it! Well, my sister and my mother did so i figured it had to be good. When i went to the guy at hte counter to purchase it he said "Great Flick, youll love it," i was instantly excited. That night i watched this movie in my room, i was so tired and it was like 1 in the morning but i could not stop watching it! I loved this movie and its by far well done on Spielburg, DiCaprio, and Hanks' part! The roles that Leonardo picks never bore me and i have frequently enjoyed all of his work and i admire him as an actor and hes got the looks to match his talent!
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