Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

4.5 30
Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken


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Dreamworks continues to produce fine DVDs, with this one being no exception. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (of course, a full-frame version is available separately) is a wonderful translation from the theaters. Colors are warm and detail is exact. The transfer looks a bit soft at times, but it's far from a distraction and seems suited to the light nature… See more details below


Dreamworks continues to produce fine DVDs, with this one being no exception. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (of course, a full-frame version is available separately) is a wonderful translation from the theaters. Colors are warm and detail is exact. The transfer looks a bit soft at times, but it's far from a distraction and seems suited to the light nature of the film. As for sound, both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks are offered. Each is a fine compliment to the visuals, and each especially highlights John Williams' breezy jazz score. The surrounds aren't used to any great degree, but overall these tracks are top-quality all the way. Certainly nothing less would be expected. While the first disc is devoid of supplemental material (sorry, don't expect the first Spielberg commentary), the second disc in this set has a number of interesting tidbits, though they do look like more as a whole than the individual parts. Laurent Bouzereau, a frequent documentarian for Spielberg's films, has put together an 80-minute documentary which is broken up into a number of separate pieces, so it can't be played through in it's entirety. Still, each segment is quite nice. The first, "Behind the Camera" is just that: a 17-minute featurette on making the film. Next, at around 30 minutes, is "Cast Me if You Can," a look at the main players. Shorter (six minutes), is "Scoring Catch Me if You Can," which obviously discusses John Williams' work on this film. "Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction" is a multi-part segment as Abagnale further discusses his incredible story. Finally, "The FBI Perspective" briefly looks at the realist nature of the FBI as portrayed in this film and "In Closing" (four minutes) sums up the experience from the main cast and crew. As a whole, these featurettes make a fine documentary, but it all seems a bit light for such a high-profile film. On the other hand, the film itself is rather lightweight, so maybe it's the perfect accompaniment. Beyond this is an archive section with numerous photos, cast and crew biographies, and production notes, much of which was covered in the documentary. Spielberg has repeatedly called this his "bonbon of a movie." It's a very enjoyable, but insubstantial film, and in many ways, this disc echoes that sentiment.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]
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Special Features

"Behind the Camera," a glimpse of Spielberg's unique directing style; "Cast Me If You Can, candid interviews with the high-profile cast; "Frank W. Abagnale, Jr.: Between Reality and Fiction;" "The FBI Perspective;" Score featurette: John Williams discusses the Oscar-nominated score.

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Name Is Frank Abagnale, Jr. [4:42]
2. Carl Hanratty [6:16]
3. Lifestyle Changes [7:34]
4. The Substitute [7:20]
5. Running Away [3:01]
6. Becoming a Pilot [5:00]
7. Getting it All Back [4:37]
8. Dead Head [3:32]
9. Check Cashing [6:55]
10. Barry Allen, Secret Service [7:48]
11. The James Bond of the Sky [6:47]
12. He's a Kid [2:07]
13. Dr. Frank Conners [4:15]
14. Becoming a Lawyer [12:20]
15. Calling a Truce [9:42]
16. What's in a Name [6:15]
17. New Recruiting Program [5:06]
18. Out of Control [6:16]
19. Family News [8:10]
20. Financial Crime Unit [6:00]
21. Late for Work [8:30]
22. End Credits [3:25]

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