Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical comedy-drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale, Tom Hanks as Hanratty, along with Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye.

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Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), 16 years old, lives in 1963 New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale Sr (Christopher Walken), and French mother Paula (Nathalie Baye). When Frank Sr. is denied a business loan at Chase Manhattan Bank due to unspecified difficulties with the IRS, the family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack (James Brolin), a friend of her husband. Meanwhile, Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class. Frank's parents file for divorce, and Frank runs away. When he runs out of money, he begins to rely on confidence scams to get by. Soon, Frank's cons grow bolder and he even impersonates an airline pilot. He forges Pan Am payroll checks and succeeds in stealing over $2.8 million.



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Frank Abagnale

Roger Strong

Paula Abagnale

Jack Barnes

Earl Amdursky

Paul Morgan

Special Agent Witkins

Assistant Director Marsh

Carol Strong


Guy Thauvette
Warden Garren

Matthew Kimbrough
Loan Officer

Joshua Boyd
Football Player


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Frank Abagnale Jr.: Ah, people only know what you tell them, Carl.

Frank Abagnale Sr.: You know why the Yankees always win, Frank?
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: 'Cause they have Mickey Mantle?
Frank Abagnale Sr.: No, it's 'cause the other teams can't stop staring at those damn pinstripes.

(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 you do it, Frank? How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: I didn't cheat. I studied for two weeks and I passed.
Carl Hanratty: Is that the truth, Frank? Is that the truth?
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: I'll bet this guy steals checks out of mailboxes. He washes off their names and he puts on his own.
Carl Hanratty: You're saying he's a local?
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: Well, if it were me, you know, I'd call the bank first... check out the balance...
Carl Hanratty: Make sure there's enough money in there to make it worth your while...
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: You know, Carl, I think this guy's pretty smart.
(Carl laughs)
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: Now, all we have to do is catch him.


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Catch Me If You Can (2002) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date16 December 2002
US Box Office$164,000,000
TaglineThe true story of a real fake.
GenreBiography, Crime, Drama, Comedy
Filming Locations3077 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California, USA
LanguageEnglish, French
Sound MixDTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassBiopic [feature], Chase Movie
MoodMood Enhancers
ThemesUnlikely Criminals, Cons and Scams, Assumed Identities, Hotshots, Fathers and Sons
TonesSlick, Humorous, Wry, Poignant, Light, Nostalgic

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