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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.



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New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in 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. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. Written by <[email protected]>

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Release Date:

6 February 2003 (Netherlands)  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,082,000, 29 December 2002, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Spielberg's original choice for Carl was James Gandolfini. See more »


When Frank, Jr. runs away to NYC he buys a one way ticket from New Rochelle to Grand Central Terminal for $3.50, which is way too high. At about the same time (1966) a round trip ticket from Bridgeport (more than twice as far from GCT) cost $3.51. See more »


Earl Amdursky: [while Carl is setting the trap for Frank at the Miami airport] Why won't he just take a taxi to New York or Atlanta?
Carl Hanratty: Because *I'm* not in New York. *I'm* not in Atlanta.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Brian Howe is listed as playing "Tom Fox" and Frank John Hughes is listed as playing "Earl Amdursky". However in the film, Howe played Amdursky and Hughes played Fox. However, this was corrected for the DVD release. See more »


Referenced in 'Old School' Orientation (2003) See more »


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Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram
Performed by The Hollyridge Strings
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A lot of fun
8 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

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 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.

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