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Catch Me If You Can

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Steven Spielberg
  • 134 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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, a doctor and a 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank William Abagnale Jr / Frank Taylor / Frank Conners / Barry AllenLeonardo DiCaprio
Carl HanrattyTom Hanks
Frank William Abagnale SrChristopher Walken
Roger StrongMartin Sheen
Paula AbagnaleNathalie Baye
Brenda StrongAmy Adams
Jack BarnesJames Brolin
Tom FoxBrian Howe
Cheryl AnnJennifer Garner
MarciEllen Pompeo
LucyElizabeth Banks (2)
French policemanFrank W Abagnale

Crew

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DirectorSteven Spielberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2003-01-31
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for content.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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