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Steven Spielberg:  [music]  score by John Williams
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According to the real Frank Abagnale Jr. approximately 80 percent of the movie is true.
The film shows Frank Abagnale Jr. on the FBI's Most Wanted list. In real life, however, he never made the list - it's reserved for violent criminals.
In a deleted scene, Frank dresses as a security guard and stands outside a bank's night deposit box, so people will give money to him instead of putting it in the box. During filming, despite the cameras, real people came up to Leonardo DiCaprio and tried to give him their money.
To get her to achieve the way he wanted her to sloppily kiss Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg asked Amy Adams to pretend she was starving to death and eating a cheeseburger.
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr.'s exploits had one of the longest and most difficult journeys from its first pitch to its eventual production. In 1981 it was originally announced that his story would be filmed and that Frank would be played by Dustin Hoffman.
All road and concrete surfaces are wet in every shot, even though all scenes take place in sunny weather. Many cinematographers simply prefer the look of wet roads.
The production made use of around 157 locations throughout North America.
The FBI officer who was chasing Frank, and was the main inspiration for "Carl Hanratty," was really Joe Shea. Frank Abagnale Jr. used the pseudonym "Sean O'Reilly" in his book because Joe Shea was still in the F. B. I. He has since passed away.
When Frank begins recruiting decoy flight attendants; when announcing the girls picked he announces the actresses by real name.
Until he saw the results of Leonardo DiCaprio's work, the real Frank Abagnale Jr. didn't think DiCaprio was "suave" enough to play him.
Gore Verbinski pushed production back a few months because Leonardo DiCaprio had to re-shoot scenes for Gangs of New York (2002), The delay led to James Gandolfini's withdrawal, because he had to go back to work on The Sopranos (1999). He was replaced by Tom Hanks. David Fincher, Cameron Crowe and Lasse Hallström were asked to direct before Steven Spielberg, who only wanted to produce the movie, took over.
The blackboard that Carl Hanratty is writing on toward the end of the movie contains a small note at the bottom that says, "Steven and Tom's 4th project". Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, had previously collaborated on Band of Brothers (2001) , Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Joe Versus the Volcano (1990).
Filmed in 52 days.
The names on the forged diploma from Harvard Medical School actually contains the signatures of the then (2002) deans of both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
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 change as per request of the real Frank Abagnale Jr. to ensure total authenticity.
According to costume designer Mary Zophres, there were about 130 'day-players' (bit part actors) and 3,000-4,000 background extras employed, and Leonardo DiCaprio had 100 costume changes, through the film.
Steven Spielberg's original choice for the role of Frank Abagnale Jr. was Johnny Depp.
The Aston Martin DB5 that was seen in the movie was sourced by Autosport Designs, Inc. of Huntington Station, New York, a specialist exotic car dealership. Dreamworks contacted Autosport Designs and asked if they could supply a silver DB5. However they did not have one in stock and instead contacted a customer and arranged for his car to be used. The car is the same make and model used in the movie Goldfinger (1964), one of Steven Spielberg's personal favorite films.
17-year-old Frank tells Brenda he's 28 years old, which was Leonardo DiCaprio's true age when Catch Me If You Can premiered in 2002.
Mrs. Abagnale's house after she remarried was the same house used for Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995).
The opening title sequence is created by the duo Olivier Kuntzel + Florence Deygas. The "stamp style animation" lasts roughly 2 minutes 30 seconds and features silhouettes of the main characters acting out the plot of the film, even down to the smallest details. In a interview, Kuntzel + Deygas described they created this sequence by "stylistically transposing the handmade design of Saul Bass using decidedly modern means" and required that actual rubber stamps be carved out for each character featured.
According to the real Frank Abagnale, Jr., after he ran out of the courtroom, he never saw or spoke to his father again. However, Spielberg thought it would make a better story to have him communicate with his father so they left it in.
The arrest scene in France was actually shot in Place Royale, Quebec City. The church in the background is called Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and the bust in the middle of the place is of Louis XIV.
Jennifer Garner shot her scenes in one day.
Some FBI agents did occasionally chase Abagnale, but he didn't have a relationship with any of them, and he certainly didn't call them every Christmas. As Abagnale himself points out with flawless logic: "Why would I do that? I didn't want the FBI to know where I was."
In his biography, Abagnale says that if he wanted to "lay down a baby con," he would lie about his childhood. All the stuff about Abagnale's dad being a hustler is made up as the real Frank Sr. was not only a straight shooter, but also one of Frank Jr.'s first victims, since the kid started his criminal life with petty scams involving his dad's credit card. He once racked up thousands on a spending spree before his dad got the bill.
When Abagnale gets his suit tailored to resemble James Bond, he signs himself as Mr. Fleming. Ian Fleming was the original author of James Bond.
The scenes in the French classroom and the library were filmed at McKinley School in Pasadena, CA. During spring break, at least six months after the film's release, to the school administration's surprise, the production crew removed all of the set pieces that had been left behind; the school had been using the props ever since filming was completed.
According to Box Office Mojo, Catch Me If You Can is the sixth highest grossing film for Dreamworks SKG. The films above it being Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek (2001), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Madagascar (2005), and Gladiator (2000).
Cans and reels were shipped to cinemas under the code name "The Doctor".
The exterior shots of Miami airport were filmed at the old Ontario [California] Airport terminal. The old terminal is still standing, but it was converted to office space when the new Ontario Airport opened.
When Handratty arrives at Frank's room when he's about to escape with the suitcases full of money, money floats from underneath the door; which is an homage to the "floating feather" in Hanks' most popular film, Forrest Gump (1994).
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The concluding part of Steven Spielberg's unofficial "running man" trilogy, which started with A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and continued with Minority Report (2002).
When it appeared that Gore Verbinski would direct, Chloë Sevigny and Ed Harris were both considered for roles.

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.
Max SpielbergSteven Spielberg's son, sitting behind Leonardo DiCaprio during both parts of the airplane scene.

Director Trademark 

Steven Spielberg:  [father]  Frank Abagnale Sr. fails to set Frank Jr. straight throughout the film. Workaholic Carl Hanratty loses his daughter Grace to a divorce.
Steven Spielberg:  [flashlights]  At the beginning of the film, Carl shines one on the captured Frank Abagnale's face.
Steven Spielberg:  [mirror shot]  Conversation between Tom Hanks and Amy Adams in the bedroom at the engagement party.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Abagnale's capture in the movie is represented as a tense standoff in a warehouse where Hanks manages to con the conman. It was somewhat less dramatic in real life when someone saw Abagnale on a wanted poster and recognized him while he was shopping for groceries.

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