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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

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Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book) (as Frank W. Abagnale) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story of a real fake. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrápame si puedes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,082,000, 29 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$164,615,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,114,312
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Flash comic books featured in various scenes include Flash #120 (May 1961), Flash #132 (May 1962), Flash #135 (March 1963), Flash #138 (August 1963) and Flash #179 (May 1967). See more »

Goofs

Stopping a press like the one shown in the movie would not result in a flurry of cut checks flying through the air. Additionally, the cutter would be a machine that could fit the entire width of the paper, and make the precision cuts required for things like checks. See more »

Quotes

Carl Hanratty: Well, would you like to hear me tell a joke?
Earl Amdursky: Yeah. Yeah, we'd love to hear a joke from you.
Carl Hanratty: Knock knock.
Earl Amdursky: Who's there?
Carl Hanratty: Go fuck yourselves.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the French language version of the film, Frank teaches his high school Spanish class instead of French. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Shooting High
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Ellis Hall and BeB'Opera
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Amazing movie!
30 December 2014 | by ShawouniSee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It had everything - great actors, great music by John Williams, the amazing director Steven Spielberg. It wasn't boring for a second although being over 2 hours long. I simply didn't want it to end and this is the main reason I gave the movie a 10.

I loved the main character Frank's attitude and his brilliant way of thinking. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it even better. I had to Google Frank Abagnale Jr. after watching this and the friendly face that smiled on the pictures wasn't really what I expected. Leo plays the roll very well - give the man an Oscar already! I'm also thinking that Leo and Tom Hanks must have had a lot of fun filming this.

There were many famous actors and actresses in smaller rolls, which I liked. Perhaps some of them weren't so famous back in 2002 (I'm a bit too lazy to do the research at the moment) but seeing for example Ellen Pompeo and Jennifer Garner made me even more interested in the movie. Sometimes, movies with too many movie stars falls flat, for some reason. But this one certainly did not!

I'll definitely watch Catch Me If You Can more than once, more than twice! Loved it! <3


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