Catch Me If You Can (2002)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 21 mins

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Set in the 1960s, this exhilarating biographical crime drama is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars using ingenious ways of defrauding people. As an impressionable teenager growing up in New Rochelle, he idolizes his father, who gets into trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. When he runs out of money, he begins posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor, gaining people's trust and defrauding them. Almost from the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. How long will Frank succeed in outrunning Carl? What ingenious tactics will Frank use to con people?
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Did you know? Until Frank Abagnale Jr. saw the results of Leonardo DiCaprio's work, he didn't think DiCaprio was "suave" enough to play him. Read More
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as Brenda Strong
as Frank Abagnale Jr.
as Paula Abagnale
as Carl Hanratty
as Frank Abagnale




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24 fps
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1.85:1 (Flat)
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Referenced in: Now You See Me (English)
Revealing Mistakes
In the scene where Frank goes to the flight deck to ride on the jump seat, the jump seat that is pulled out has no restraints on it.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene where Carl flips through Frank's high school yearbook looking for his photo, the close-up shot reveals the same names duplicated on multiple pages of the book.

Errors in Geography
In the scene where the French police come to catch Abagnale, the plate number of their car is 44 (number of the state). Montrichard's plate number is 41; Loire Atlantique is 44.

Factual Mistake
In the scene where the FBI agents tell Paula how much money Frank has stolen, she reaches for a pack of Kent cigarettes. The cigarette she lights has a "cork" filter. Kents had a white filter.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where Carl confronts Frank in France, just after he yells "They're going to kill you!" his mouth moves after that, but you don't hear anything.

In one of the Christmas telephone conversations between Frank and Carl, Frank's phone has a modular telephone jack connection.

In the scene where Hanratty and Abagnale are aboard a plane at Fiorello LaGuardia Airport in 1969, a shot of the New York City skyline shows the World Trade Center towers fully built. However, the towers were not completed until 1973.

In the scene where Frank first walks into the classroom where he impersonates the substitute teacher, one of the students is heard to use the word "frickin'", a word not coined yet in the 1960s.
Steven Spielberg's son, Max made a cameo appearance in this movie, he appeared as the young man sitting behind Leonardo DiCaprio during both parts of the airplane scene.

Until Frank Abagnale Jr. saw the results of Leonardo DiCaprio's work, he didn't think DiCaprio was "suave" enough to play him.

Frank began recruiting decoy flight attendants; when announcing the girls picked he announces the actresses by real name.

It took 52 days for this movie to be filmed in its entirety.

In the shooting for this movie, the production made use of around 157 locations throughout North America.

Steven Spielberg's earlier choice for the role of Frank Abagnale Jr. was Johnny Depp.

Frank Abagnale Jr. seen on the FBI's Most Wanted list. In real life, however, he never made the list - it's reserved for violent criminals.

Jennifer Garner shot her scenes in just one day.