Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., the youngest man to ever feature on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list who managed to pass himself off with several identities with an FBI agent hot on his trail.
Catch Me If You Can is a brilliant movie. It manages to be serious, yet funny. I liked Leos acting very much- his face was precious in the "concurring" part! He is given good support from Amy Adams,Nathalie Baye and Christopher Walken. Tom Hanks is fabulous as Carl Hanratty! he makes a fantastic FBI Agent. Catch Me If You Can is a crime comedy- and is exactly what it says on the tin. HM x
Steven Spielberg was once the people"s director, he was a maverick, an edgy entertainer; but nowadays Steve comes across as such a company man, such an establishment figure, that one almost feels uncomfortable around his work, as if any sudden movements could trigger off another long-winded cinematic lecture about something terribly important and worthy. 'Catch Me If You Can' was a rare moment of levity from the bearded man in the cap; based on a true story and set in 1960 'Catch Me If You Can' dramatises the turbulent teenage years of slicker-than-your-average con artist Frank Abignale Jr. (excellent performance by Leonardo DiCaprio).
In his day, 19-year-old Frank Abignale Jr. (reeling from his parent"s sudden divorce) ran an audacious series of high profile cons that saw him impersonating a PAN-AM pilot, FBI agent, schoolteacher, lawyer and doctor; DiCaprio"s comic timing and blagging skills are second-to-none whilst Tom Hanks is perfect (and commendably understated) as Carl Hanratty; straight-laced leader of the FBI"s fraud squad manhunt. The scenes where Leo pretends to be a teacher and doctor ("I concur") are priceless, and hark back to the vintage light comedies of Dirk Bogarde or the films of Blake Edwards.
'Catch Me If You Can' manages to strike that elusive balance between comedy and drama, the more serious moments convey a real sense of poignancy and loss for Abegnale, and though we sympathise with Hank"s good cop, its Abegnale"s suave anti-hero who carries the film and wins our full support. It was also great to see living legend Christopher Walken play a major character as Frank Abegnale senior, Walken has been playing Walken for so long, that one often forgets how brilliant an actor he actually is. 'Catch Me If You Can' is a film with endless repeat viewing potential, one of the best movies of 2002, and along with 'Gangs Of New York', marked a return to form for Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks star in this crime-caper by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of Frank W. Abagnale Junior. As a teenager, Abagnale (DiCaprio) discovers he has a talent for impersonating officials, beginning with posing as a substitute teacher. Finding solace in his new gift - his mother leaves his father (Christopher Walken) after she discovers he is heavily in debt to the IRS - Abagnale goes on to impersonate airline pilots, doctors and even a lawyer, whilst also managing to con banks out of over $2 million. However, his escapades soon attract the interest of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) who seems to be always one step behind. That is until Abagnale decides to settle down and discovers that his future father-in-law (Martin Sheen) is the D.A of New Orleans. The real Abagnale appears in a cameo and, after serving time in prison, now works as a consultant for preventing forgery and fraud.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Steven Spielberg directs this incredible-but-true story of the young life of Frank Abagnale Jr Following the traumatic divorce of his beloved parents (Christopher Walken and Nathalie Baye) in the 1960s at age sixteen Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes AWOL becoming a prodigious cheque forger and impersonator of a Pan-Am pilot a doctor and lawyer Soon he has the FBI fraud squad on his trail in particular dogged agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) who carries on a game of cat-and-mouse with Abagnale over a few years Actors Actors Leonardo DiCaprio Martin Sheen Nathalie Baye Tom Hanks Amy Adams Christopher Walken James Brolin Jennifer Garner & Alex Hyde-WhiteDirector Steven SpielbergCertificate 12 years and overYear 2002Screen Widescreen 1851Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (51)Additional Languages Latin American Spanish ; Brazilian Portuguese ; FrenchSubtitles English for the hearing impaired ; English ; Latin American Spanish ; Brazilian Portuguese ; FrenchClosed Captions YesDuration 2 hours and 21 minutes (approx)