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Catch Me If You Can

  • 2002
  • PG-13
  • 141min
  • 96%
  • 8.1 / 10

Based on the real-life events described in his autobiographical book, Catch Me If You Can follows the adventures of renown con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., played by DiCaprio. Set in the 1960s, Frank, is a young man with little money to his name and a dream of getting his separated parents back together and returning his family to its former glory. In pursuit of this goal, he does the only thing he can think of to make ends meet: run a series of ingenious scams to con people into giving him money and the things that he wants and needs. The film is set up as a frame story, with Abagnale in a French prison, awaiting removal by the FBI to a US Federal prison and trial. Here, we see flashbacks to the core of the film, his days as a prolific con artist, posing as a number of respected professions, including an airline pilot, doctor, and a lawyer. Throughout the film, Abagnale is on the run from the FBI, whose investigation is led by agent Hanratty, played by Tom Hanks. We see as their rivalry develops over time, with Hanratty always in hot pursuit.

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Spielberg had shown interest in creating a movie based on the story very nearly since the release of the book and finally greenlit the project with the backing of his own production studios in 1997. As with many of Spielberg's films, the movie is backed by an ensemble cast of excellent actors, both known names like DiCaprio and Hanks, and newer ones who would eventually go on to have long-running careers, like Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner.

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Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American crime biopic directed and produced by prolific filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The film was written by Jeff Nathanson, based on the 1980 autobiographical book of the same name, by Frank Abagnale Jr. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, and Martin Sheen. Legendary composer John Williams provided the score for the film. Production was handled by Spielberg's own Amblin Entertainment, with his company DreamWorks handling distribution worldwide, on a budget of $52 million, and earning over $352 million in its theatrical run.