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Catch Me If You Can

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8.12 h 20 min2002X-Ray12
From three-time Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can follows Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. as he successfully passes himself off as a pilot, a lawyer and a doctor - all before his 21st birthday!
Directors
Steven Spielberg
Starring
Leonardo DiCaprioTom HanksMartin Sheen
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Drama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
James BrolinAmy AdamsNathalie BayeChristopher Walken
Producers
Steven SpielbergWalter Parkes
Studio
Dreamworks
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4.7 out of 5 stars

7412 global ratings

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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
COMPULSIVE VIEWING WATCHING A TEEN OUTWIT THE F.B.I FOR SOME YEARS.
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The film directed by Steven Spielberg is, if but loosely based on a true story telling of how a teenager Frank Abagnale (played in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio) after the breakup of his parents marriage, runs away and over a period of 3/4 years not only evades capture by the F.B.I, he manages to accumulate around $4 million by cashing cheques he has learned to forge.
Initially Frank jnr. manages to con his way into becoming an airline-pilot cashing forged pay-cheques, the deception takes several weeks to surface bringing F.B.I agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) on the case of finding young Frank.
However, changing his name frequently helps him stay one step ahead of his pursuers, even changing his profession along the way to that of a Doctor.
Carl Hanratty will get close of several occasions to catching the young con-man, however, the teen remains alert to the threat.
Young Frank will even try his hand at being a Lawyer and almost marry the boss's daughter.
Frank's luck will eventually run out, but, he'll Kinda still have the last laugh.
The film also stars Christopher Walken as Frank's father and Martin Sheen as his boss in the Law-Firm.
A film I myself haven't watched for many years, had forgotten just how good and often amusing the film really if.....Until now.
With a great cast line-up the film is certainly worthy of a revisit or indeed first viewing
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AliReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
just Wonderful
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I loved this film. Everything about it. I looked into the story behind it. Like the fabulous White Collar TV series, It's inspired by Frank Abignale. Frank ( with ghost writer? ) wrote his own story some years ago, like the film it is entitled " Catch me if you can". I thought it interesting to find out that his book is a conn in itself. Apparently it goes beyond exaggeration and embellishment to the point where most of the things in it are untrue. He did impersonate a Pan Am pilot in order to cash a check ( or 2?) but he did not clock all those hours in the sky that he claimed. He also lied about working for the Police. He did give talks to Banks about forgery and he pursued this with a fake resume saying he worked for Scotland Yard. In real life, Frank pretended to be a doctor giving physicals to possible stewardesses and this is something at the time that alas didn't go to court. Leonardo diCaprio does not smile in the photos with Frank. Perhaps this is why.
mu4awfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ver clever film....immersive!
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What a clever film! Fantastic plot twist. Based on a true story (as are some of the best films of all time). Leonardo put so much effort into researching the real life Mr Abignail and it really pays off. Fantastic acting by both DiCaprio and Hanks. It reawakens a childish imagination of what it could be like to live in someonelse's shoes and explores some interesting and still massively relevant issues of how society responds to people differently just by the clothes they wear or the documents they carry. You get totally absorbed into the story and whilst you realise that Mr Abignail is clearly a criminal, you know the reason why he is behaving that way and you sympathise with him. Who's side will you take? Who do you root for? When I first watched it I changed my mind on this multiple times, and still do every time I watch it. How refreshing! So many films are so black and white good vs evil, but this one is far more entertaining because it forces you to really think hard about who is in the right.The attention to detail in the film is incredible. On a par with 'The Terminal' for the immersive story, the societal issue sit addresses, the characters and the general atmosphere of the film.
5 people found this helpful
MrsM73Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film!
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I've seen this film many times and bought it on Amazon so that my teenage son could watch it. He LOVED it and it was like seeing it through fresh eyes watching it with him and seeing how he reacted to it. It's funny, heartbreaking and brilliant all at the same time. Storyline is fantastic, especially knowing that it's based on a true story. Very entertaining and I would highly recommend it.
FlowerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) is forever hot on Abagnale's trail and the subsequent cat-and-mouse chase never gets boring.
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Catch Me If You Can is a highly satisfying 141 minutes of film drama.

The film follows the true, captivating story of Frank Abagnale Jr. - depicted flawlessly (and I mean flawlessly) by the ever-impressive Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was 'the most successful bank robber in history' whose initiative, cunning and determination saw him con doctors, lawyers, policemen and airline pilots. However, FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) is forever hot on Abagnale's trail and the subsequent cat-and-mouse chase never gets boring.

The acting? Superb. The plot? Original. The dialogue? Realistic. The message? Lasting. 'Catch Me If You Can' is satirical and funny but ever poignant and mesmerizing - it raises important questions in the minds of the viewers; questions of morality, of meaning and of the power of the individual to overcome so many obstacles.

If you haven't seen Spielberg's 'Catch Me If You Can', with its brilliant acting and stellar cast, you simply are missing out big time.
3 people found this helpful
Ronald McGillReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love of parents
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Frank loves his parents. He loves the way they love each other. His heart breaks when he realizes that one of them is `cheating' on the other. He starts masquerading. They are now divorcing. He has to choose to live with one or other parent. He is 16. He chooses but is traumatized. (I was not traumatized not knowingly anyway; I was five). His deceptions increase. He continues to love his chosen parent. His grip on reality lessens as his masquerades become more outlandish. He is now travelling extensively but still writes `home'. He keeps wanting his parents to be together again but by now, his other parent has remarried. He finds out. He is in disbelief; simply not acceding to the possibility. More deceptions lead eventually to capture. He even escapes that process briefly to see his other parent. His looking through the window... is so poignant. It ends with his new parent figure. For me, this is a very moving story (with some personal resonance). The film is beautifully acted and paced. John Williams' music is perfect. Love of parents and one in particular, permeates this entire film.
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IntheamazoneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Catch Me If You Can
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Thoroughly entertaining film. The two leads carry this tale, based upon a remarkable true story, off admirably well. It's a relatively long film and a credit to both leading men that you don't really notice its length. It really is that good. Recommended.
10 people found this helpful
AlexReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who would you be if you could do anything and be anyone?
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I loved this film. Leonardo Dicaprio plays the precocious 16 year old who's got a whiff of mischief about him. The boy is a magnificent actor and goes on to imitate schoolteachers, a pilot, a lawyer and doctor while forging checks for money. All for his own ends. He dodges law enforcement led by Tom Hank's character and avoids trouble for several years. Once caught, he ends up helping the FBI stop financial fraud professionally.

If you dream of playing the role of someone else every day, and have mischievous glint in your eye. This film is for you.
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