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Catch Me If You Can (16-Dec-2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Jeff Nathanson

Based on a book: Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale with Stan Redding

Music by: John Williams

Producers: Steven Spielberg; Walter F. Parkes

Keywords: True Crime, Biography

True story of serial impersonator Frank Abagnale, Jr., who starting as a teenager in the 1960s posed as a pilot, physician, and lawyer, living off the money from forged checks. FBI agent Carl Hanratty seeks to catch him, but Abagnale is crafty. Received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Frank Abagnale
27-Apr-1948   Catch Me If You Can
Amy Acker
5-Dec-1976   Fred on Angel
Amy Adams
20-Aug-1974   Junebug
Elizabeth Banks
10-Feb-1974   The Baxter
Nathalie Baye
6-Jul-1948   Day for Night
James Brolin
18-Jul-1940   Brubaker in Capricorn One
Kitty Carlisle
3-Sep-1910 18-Apr-2007 A Night at the Opera
Leonardo DiCaprio
11-Nov-1974   Titanic
Chris Ellis
14-Apr-1956   Character actor
John Finn
30-Sep-1952   John Stillman on Cold Case
Joe Garagiola
12-Feb-1926 23-Mar-2016 St. Louis Cardinal turned sportscaster
Jennifer Garner
17-Apr-1972   Alias
Tom Hanks
9-Jul-1956   Forrest Gump
Sarah Lancaster
12-Feb-1980   Saved by the Bell: The New Class
Nancy Lenehan
26-Apr-1953   Kay Hickey on My Name Is Earl
James Morrison
21-Apr-1954   Bill Buchanan on 24
Jaime Ray Newman
2-Apr-1978   Kat Gardener on Eastwick
Ellen Pompeo
10-Nov-1969   Grey's Anatomy
Martin Sheen
3-Aug-1940   The West Wing
Malachi Throne
1-Dec-1928 13-Mar-2013 Noah Bain on It Takes a Thief
Christopher Walken
31-Mar-1943   The Dead Zone


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
Elizabeth Banks   ...   Lucy
Guy Thauvette   ...   Warden Garren
Candice Azzara   ...   Darcy
Matthew Kimbrough   ...   Loan Officer
Joshua Boyd   ...   Football Player
Kaitlin Doubleday   ...   Joanna
Kelly McNair   ...   Girl #1
Jonathan Danker   ...   Student #1
Maggie Mellin   ...   Teacher
Thomas Kopache   ...   Principal Evans
Margaret Travolta   ...   Ms. Davenport
Jimmie F. Skaggs   ...   Bartender
Alex Hyde-White   ...   Mr. Kesner
Lilyan Chauvin   ...   Mrs. Lavalier
Eugene Fleming   ...   Ticket Clerk
Robert Ruth   ...   Hotel Manager
Jennifer Manley   ...   Ashley
James Morrison   ...   Pilot
Robert Symonds   ...   Mr. Rosen
Jennifer Kan   ...   Female Bank Teller
Robert Curtis Brown   ...   Front Desk Clerk
Kelly Hutchinson   ...   Young Female Teller
Steve Witting   ...   Manager
Wendy Worthington   ...   Receptionist
Jane Bodle   ...   TWA Ticket Agent
J. Patrick McCormack   ...   Auctioneer
Brian Goodman   ...   Motel Owner
Ray Proscia   ...   Salesman
Sarah Lancaster   ...   Riverbend Woman
Jill Matson   ...   Riverbend Woman
Mike Baldridge   ...   Terry
Joel Ewing   ...   Party Guy
Ritchie Montgomery   ...   Young Doctor
Jim Antonio   ...   Victor Griffith
Angela Sorensen   ...   Party Girl
Jonathan Brent   ...   Dr. Ashland
Benita Krista Nall   ...   Emergency Nurse
Shane Edelman   ...   Dr. Harris
Andrew Meeks   ...   Young Patient
Morgan Rusler   ...   FBI Agent
Jane Edith Wilson   ...   Bar Examiner
Dave Hager   ...   Judge
Kyle Davis   ...   Kid
Patrick T. O'Brien   ...   Mr. Hendricks
Jaime Ray Newman   ...   Monica
Deborah Kellner   ...   Debra Jo
Mercedes Cornett   ...   Heather
Amy Acker   ...   Miggy
Robert Peters   ...   FBI Agent
James Dumont   ...   FBI Agent
Thomas Crawford   ...   FBI Agent
Sarah Rush   ...   Secretary
Malachi Throne   ...   Abe Penner
Alfred Dennis   ...   Ira Penner
Max J. Kerstein   ...   Penner Brother
Donna Kimball   ...   TWA Stewardess
Jan Munroe   ...   Capt. Oliver
Stephen Dunham   ...   Pilot
Brandon Keener   ...   Pilot
Jasmine Jessica Anthony   ...   Little Girl
Anthony Powers   ...   NY Savings Bank Manager
Lauren Cohn   ...   Female Teller
Jeremy Howard   ...   Teen Waiter
Jack Knight   ...   Man #3
Jamie Anderson   ...   Ilene
Kam Heskin   ...   Candy
Ana Maria Quintana   ...   Hotel Maid
Gerald Molen   ...   FBI Agent
Celine Du Tertre   ...   Little Girl on Street
Stan Bly   ...   Blind Man
Jamie Moss   ...   Young Man
Jessica Collins   ...   Peggy
Frank Abagnale   ...   French Policeman
Roger Léger   ...   Prison Guard
Jean-François Blanchard   ...   French Police Captain
Mathieu Gaudreault   ...   French Police
Guy Daniel Tremblay   ...   French Police
Alexandre Bisping   ...   French Police
Patrice Dussault   ...   French Police
Paul Todd   ...   Maitre D'
Jake Wagner   ...   Kid
Ashley Cohen   ...   Party Twin
Kelly Cohen   ...   Party Twin
Ellis Hall   ...   Piano Player / Singer
Steven Meizler   ...   Piano Player
Fred Datig   ...   Co-Pilot
Joe Garagiola   ...   Himself
Kitty Carlisle   ...   Herself
Dominic Bond   ...   Choir
Jean-François Brousseau   ...   Choir
Francis Campeau   ...   Choir
Raphaël Cardin   ...   Choir
Marc-Antoine Côté   ...   Choir
Antoine Drolet-Dumoulin   ...   Choir
Léon Dussault-Gagné   ...   Choir
Simon Houle-Gauthier   ...   Choir
Vincent Généreux   ...   Choir
Sébastien Jean   ...   Choir
Pascal Larouche   ...   Choir
William Lauzon   ...   Choir
Florent Legault   ...   Choir
Jason McNally   ...   Choir
Julien Normandeau   ...   Choir
David Parent-Laliberté   ...   Choir
Alexandre Pepin   ...   Choir
Nicolas Radeschi   ...   Choir
Jonathan René   ...   Choir
Samuel St-Amour   ...   Choir


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Feb-2005)

Enjoyable, if feather-light, dramatization of the life of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenage con artist who, for four years in the 1960's, evaded the FBI while writing millions of dollars' worth of forged checks and posing as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. Abagnale's story practically screamed "This would make a great movie!" and in the end, it makes for a good movie. It's nice to see Spielberg set aside his obsessions with computer graphics and World War II for once and just cut loose. Both he and his cast (Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale, Tom Hanks as the hapless FBI agent on his trail) are clearly having a lot of fun. That spirited attitude is infectious, too - you won't feel bored or insulted. But I do wish it could have been a little deeper. Though apparently Abagnale's autobiography is just as flippant as the movie, the real Frank must have gone through some paranoid, lonely times. The story only skims the surface, rather lamely suggesting that Frank's pathological need to keep running, and keep lying, was simply a reaction to his parents' divorce. It could have even depicted Frank's anti-authoritarian actions as a harbinger of the national unrest that unfolded so soon after his arrest, but no. So some missed opportunities there. I also didn't dig the cinematography by Spielberg's frequent DP Janusz Kaminski. He's a great talent, but this time he overlights everything. The early 60's should have been captured as squeaky clean, a better backdrop for Abagnale's crimes. Instead it's all hazy and backlit. Oh well. It's still a fun little movie, one that won't mean much in the long run, but will cleanse the palate before Spielberg's next big epic.

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