Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Steven Spielberg (2002)

12A Certificate


Our Score
After the futuristic drama of AI: Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report, director Steven Spielberg backtracks to the 1960s for this stylish slice of effortless entertainment. Leonardo DiCaprio exudes movie-star charisma as Frank Abagnale Jr who, while still a teenager, charmed and cheated his way across America, posing as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer in order to cash forged cheques. Tom Hanks turns in a generous, unshowy supporting performance as Carl Hanratty, the dogged FBI agent who obsessively pursued the larcenous young man. Sentimentality is allowed to intrude with the depiction of Abagnale's family life, but not into Christopher Walken's superb turn as the conman's father. Despite these momentary dips in the bright and breezy feel of the piece, the deft blend of comedy and suspense, great period detail and sheer directorial class ensure that this is one of Spielberg's most purely enjoyable movies.


The story of Frank Abagnale Jr, who found notoriety as a teenager conning and charming his way across America. Posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, Frank was able to fund an extravagant lifestyle while outwitting the FBI at every turn. Fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and James Brolin.

Cast & Crew

Frank William Abagnale Jr / Frank Taylor / Frank Conners / Barry Allen Leonardo DiCaprio
Carl Hanratty Tom Hanks
Frank William Abagnale Sr Christopher Walken
Roger Strong Martin Sheen
Paula Abagnale Nathalie Baye
Brenda Strong Amy Adams
Jack Barnes James Brolin
Tom Fox Brian Howe
Cheryl Ann Jennifer Garner
Marci Ellen Pompeo
Lucy Elizabeth Banks (2)
French policeman Frank W Abagnale
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for content. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 31 Jan 2003