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Plot: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. Runtime: 141 Min Release Date: 24 Dec 2002
From the opening credits design we get in the mood of this very entertaining film. They create the tone for what will follow. Steven Spielberg is in rare form directing this movie that doesn't have a dull moment.Mr. Spielberg has found a perfect actor to fill the shoes of the con man with the perfect casting of Leonardo DiCaprio. It's very easy to see why all the women fall prey of this charmer. He was a fast talker and a slick operator. He exudes charisma to fill another couple of movies. It's a welcome sight to have Mr. DiCaprio working in a vehicle that shows his talent as <more>
Frank Abagnale, a man of many faces. He plays a game of hide-and-seek throughout the movie with Hanratty, the FBI agent that is in his trail. Tom Hanks shows great assurance and gusto with this character. Of course, the DiCaprio magnetism dominates the action with the many ironic twists and the miraculous and narrow escapes he pulls with an aplomb that's bewildering to the Feds, who are on his tail all the time.The minor roles are equally important. Christopher Walken as the father starts out as the prototype of the con man, but he's too decent to do wrong; his business fails eventually. His marriage to Natalie Baye, the fine French actress, ends in divorce because obviously she hates being married to a loser.The action doesn't stop for one moment. This film is great fun to watch with the winning combination Mr. Spielberg assured hand gives us this time out. Mr. Spielberg can thank the genial Mr. DiCaprio who responds obviously to his direction and makes this con man endearing even when he is committing crimes.
Top-notch, brilliantly crafted entertainment, rich with fascinating details, memorable incidents and engaging performances (by J. Spurlin)
What a terrific piece of film-making! From the charming animated title sequence featuring John Williams's delightfully sneaky score to the end, this is an enormously entertaining film from the gifted craftsman, Steven Spielberg, who is so damn good people take him for granted or resent his "manipulation," i.e. his seemingly effortless ability to create effective drama.Leonardo DiCaprio in his best performance that I've seen stars as Frank Abagnale, Jr., a real-life teen-aged con man so spectacularly gifted that he was able to steal millions from various companies with <more>
forged checks, while successfully impersonating an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, among other guises. He is chased by a rigidly rule-bound F.B.I. agent, Carl Hanratty Tom Hanks , who is at first comically out-classed by the young improvising criminal genius; but the agent is steadfast and relentless and has the law on his side. The movie is filled with delightful supporting performances, starting with Hanks and continuing on with Nathalie Baye as the boy's selfish mother, Amy Adams as his immature fiancée and on down to the tiniest role. I'm especially grateful for the sympathetic part given to Christopher Walken, as the mischievous and spirited Abagnale Sr., whose life darkens as his fortunes fall. Walken is one of my favorite actors, but while I enjoy the occasional one-dimensional freak or villain he plays, I wish most of his parts were like this.Spielberg's movie is rich with fascinating details and memorable incidents, while the script by Jeff Nathanson moves backward and forward in time to tell the story in the most engrossing way possible. This is top-notch entertainment.
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 <more>
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
While watching 'Catch Me If You Can' I had so much fun I smiled constantly. Well, that smile was interrupted by laughs. The movie tells the story of Frank W. Abignale, Jr. who is just a kid as he pretends to be a schoolteacher. After his father and mother get a divorce he runs away and starts pretending to be a co-pilot, a doctor, a lawyer. The way he does this is funny and brilliant.I am not a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Frank but in this movie he is perfect. He gives a very fine performance. Tom Hanks is the FBI-agent Carl who is after him, and as always Hanks is good.The <more>
story is inspired by a real story. I don't know in how many ways it is true but watching this guy all I wanted to see was him pulling more of his nice little tricks. The scene where he pretends to be a schoolteacher is just great. If you want a nice funny movie, not too heavy, this one will definitely please you.
This movie is a keeper.... (by email@example.com)
Catch me if you can is the story of a true fake, and is cleverly told through the fine acting performance by Leonardo Dicaprio. There is a great supporting cast too especially Frank Abagnale Senior played by Christopher Walken who is hilarious when he lies, and who's character along with Dicaprio's I generally sympathized for despite always trying to scam the authorities. I thought the chemistry between Leonardo's character Frank Abagnale Jr and Carl Handraty played by Tom Hanks was great to watch. The story is a bit hard to believe but if anyone can get away with passing as a <more>
Lawyer, Doctor, Secret Service Agent and Pilot its Leonardo, and if anyone can make a knock knock joke funny its Tom hanks. This movie is a keeper.... 9/10
Excellent piece of entertainment from Spielberg, as I throughly enjoyed it, with an engrossing story, and amazing performances! (by callanvass)
This is an excellent piece of entertainment from Spielberg,as I throughly enjoyed it, with an engrossing story and amazing performances!. All the characters are awesome, and I really liked the ending, plus Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks are simply amazing in this!. All the characters are extremely likable, and it's often very suspenseful and hilarious, plus Martin Sheen cracked me up as Brenda's dad!. I thought the ending was really neat, and even at 141 minutes it was never overlong, plus I wish they gave Jennifer Garner more to do. Christopher Walken is wonderful as the dad, and I <more>
felt bad for DiCaprio's character when his parents were getting a divorce, and he ran away, plus it's extremely well made and cleverly written as well!. The opening was quite creative, and the dialog was quite awesome as well, plus Tom Hanks knock knock joke was very funny. It keeps you guessing throughout, and Tom Hanks and DiCaprio had some wonderful scenes together, plus this deserves it's 7.6 rating!. This is an excellent piece of entertainment from Spielberg, as I throughly enjoyed it, with an engrossing story and amazing performances, and I say it's a must see for everyone!. The Direction is top notch as always from Steven Spielberg. The Camera work, is awesome, the angles are fantastic and he kept the film at a very engrossing pace. The Acting is amazing!. Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing here, he really had a brilliant character, and had plenty of charm and likability, and while I admit to not seeing a whole lot of his movies he was really amazing here, and managed to carry the film with ease, as I absolutely loved him!. Tom Hanks is amazing as always and is amazing here, he is extremely likable,even funny when he was mostly serious throughout the film, has some great scenes with DiCaprio, had a very cool character, and some terrific dialog! Hanks Rules!!!!! . Christopher Walken is wonderful as the Father, he was funny, extremely likable, was perfect for this role, and just did a wonderful job overall, I just wish they gave him more screen time Walken Rules! . Martin Sheen is hilarious as Brenda's dad, he clearly was having a hoot, and as a result I did too! Martin Rules!!!! . Nathalie Baye is good as the mother I liked her. Amy Adams is cute, and was quite perky as the love interest I dug her. James Brolin is OK in his small role, wish he had more of a part. Jennifer Garner is incredibly gorgeous, but what was she even doing here??, she was totally wasted, as I was angry about that, it was still great seeing her though! Garner Rules!!!!!!! . Rest of the cast do fine. Overalll a must see for everyone!. ****1/2 out of 5
I haven't read the book just yet - I definitely will now! (by camcmahon)
This was an entertaining and fun piece of film making from the ever-reliable Steven Spielberg. It is a bit of a depart from his usual full-blown and hugely epic pictures, yet this does not detract at all from the fascinating story of Frank Abagnale Jr. I was interested in this man before I'd seen the movie, and it only served to increase my interest. Although it is important to remember as with any such film that this is only 'inspired' by a true story and not told word for word from one, the plot is fascinating and keeps you laughing, crying and wondering until the end.Frank <more>
Abagnale Jr. is an astounding and interesting character. The real life Abagnale originally said that he did not believe Dicaprio to be 'suave' enough to play the role, but he certainly does pull it off. Dicaprio's acting is superb, and totally believable as a man who could lie to, deceive, and con everyone he met without once losing any of his charisma or charm. Hanks is also excellent, he plays the role of the obsessed FBI agent well, and also with a likable quality. The interaction between these two characters was great, it was interesting to see a budding relationship slowly build between two characters who were actually positioned against one another.I loved the look of the film. It was a refreshing blast to see the 60s portrayed in such a vivid and colorful way. The whole setting and atmosphere of the film gave it a wonderful and almost I hesitate to use the word 'magical' sense. This tone appealed to me much more than a darker tone might have.However, the film is rife with moral ambiguity. As much fun as it is to watch Dicaprio jumping from one place and identity to the next, forging checks and spending inordinate amounts of money at a whim, the film never really focuses on the morally bankrupt side of the story. The portion of the film devoted to this at the end still seems to skim over the fact that this man has stolen millions of dollars. It ends on a high note for Frank Abagnale Jr., never fully spelling out the wrongs he committed. Still, this would probably bring the whole film down, and sometimes it's fun just to enjoy a bit of escapism without being told off for desiring such things. I mean, it's hard to be totally strict and upright - you have to love it when Dicaprio's character swindles Jennifer Garner's prostitute for $400! Overall, this is a fun film and really enjoyable. Not as much of an epic masterpiece as some of Spielberg's other movies, but still a great film!
An all-around good movie worth seeing. The plot is pretty basic: Quick-thinking kid from a broken family that he loved. He spent the next few years playing a pilot, doctor, and lawyer. Think "Pretender" the television series but based on real events. The surprise was the unique relationship of the FBI agent and the con-man in their cat-and-mouse chase they have over the years around the globe. An engaging film that you are curious to see how it ends. That goes even for my girlfriend who stayed awake for the entire movie because she was captivated by it [Note: she has slept thru <more>
"Gladiator", "Shakespeare in Love", "Elizabeth", and the "Fellowship of the Ring" because they apparently didn't peak her interest]. So if your date is the discriminating-type, he/she should be able to sit through this movie and enjoy it.
I Don't know how accurate these events are but as they are based on accounts written by Frank Abagale Jr. himself, then i assume that they are probably only dramatised for the viewing audience.It's hard to believe that people were so naive, that they allowed Frank Abagnale to achieve what he did, but i have give the guy credit for pushing the system, and riding the high life for as long as he did.Leonardo DiCaprio does a great job of capturing the character of Frank Abignale Jr. strange i didn't picture him in the role of a jet setting Gigalo and the rest of the cast although <more>
only little more than fringe characters, are all very well cast and give typically fine performances, as you would expect with the calibre of Hanks and Walken.All in all this is a fine film, that most people will enjoy watching 8/10