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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  25 December 2002 (USA)
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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.



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An FBI agent hunts down a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, and assistant attorney general, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Frank didn't go to flight school...Frank didn't go to medical school...Frank didn't go to law school...because Frank's still in high school! See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,082,000 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$9,493,232 (Japan) (9 May 2003)

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Did You Know?


The first cut of the film was about 80% authentic, as quoted at the epilogue of Abagnale's book. Some scenes were corrected, added and changed as per request of the real Frank Abagnale Jr. to ensure total authenticity. See more »


When Frank Sr. hugs Frank Jr. during the pancake scene, Franks Jr's shirt rides up so that you can see a mic cord running underneath. See more »


[last lines]
Carl Hanratty: There's impressions on every line... looks like the original amount was for $60...
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: [walks up and takes magnifier] Mind if I take a look?
Carl Hanratty: [looks up] Cashed in Flagstaff a week ago. Cost the bank $16,000.
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: It's a real check.
Carl Hanratty: Yeah. Yeah, it's been washed. The only thing original is the signature.
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: But it's perfect, Carl. I mean, this isn't hydrochloride or bleach.
Carl Hanratty: No. Something new. Maybe a nail polish remover where the acetone removes the ink that's not been printed?
[long pause]
Carl Hanratty: How did ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Brian Howe is listed as playing "Tom Fox" and Frank John Hughes is listed as playing "Earl Amdursky". However in the film, Howe played Amdursky and Hughes played Fox. However, this was corrected for the DVD release. See more »


Referenced in 'Old School' Orientation (2003) See more »


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A lot of fun
8 June 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

While watching 'Catch Me If You Can' I had so much fun I smiled constantly. Well, that smile was interrupted by laughs. The movie tells the story of Frank W. Abignale, Jr. who is just a kid as he pretends to be a schoolteacher. After his father and mother get a divorce he runs away and starts pretending to be a co-pilot, a doctor, a lawyer. The way he does this is funny and brilliant.

I am not a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Frank but in this movie he is perfect. He gives a very fine performance. Tom Hanks is the FBI-agent Carl who is after him, and as always Hanks is good.

The story is inspired by a real story. I don't know in how many ways it is true but watching this guy all I wanted to see was him pulling more of his nice little tricks. The scene where he pretends to be a schoolteacher is just great. If you want a nice funny movie, not too heavy, this one will definitely please you.

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