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An enormously entertaining (if somewhat shallow) affair from blockbuster director Steven Spielberg. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Frank Abagnale, Jr., a dazzling young con man who spent four years impersonating an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer--all before he turned 21. All the while he's pursued by a dedicated FBI agent named Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), whose dogged determination stays one step behind Abagnale's spontaneous wits. Both DiCaprio and Hanks turn in enjoyable performances and the movie has a bouncy rhythm that keeps it zipping along. However, it never gets under the surface of Frank's drive to lose himself in other identities, other than a simplistic desire to please his father (Christopher Walken, excellent as always), nor does it explore the complex mechanics of fraud with any depth. By the movie's end, it feels like one of Frank's pilot uniforms--appearance without substance.--Bret Fetzer
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CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Candice Azzara, James Brolin, Nathalie Baye
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy
DVD Release Date:  May 6, 2003
Runtime:  141 minutes
Studio:  Dreamworks Video
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review by . August 24, 2008
Catch Me If You Can is one of those true story movies that achieves a rarity. It gives you a really interesting and intense film while still keeping its feet on the ground and not going overboard or off track with the initial story.    This film is based around the true life of Frank Abagnale Jr. who became known as an expert impostor, who managed to con Pan Am airlines out of millions of dollars by impersonating a pilot, a doctor and a legal prosecutor. In the movie it generally …
review by . January 27, 2004
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This is a generally entertaining film with lesser ambitions than comparable films such as The Great Impostor (1961) and -- at least to some extent -- Zelig (1983) and Chamelon Street (1989). Directed by Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can is mostly based on the autobiography of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., played by Leonardo DiCaprio. His performance is adequate but overshadowed by those of Christopher Walken (as Frank Sr.) and Tom Hanks (as Carl Hanratty, a character created by Spielberg and Jeff …
review by . September 10, 2003
For certain most people know CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was a huge hit, being Spielberg's biggest hit in a fair while, but what really is CATCH ME IF YOU CAN? It's the true-life story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), a successful con artist who managed to escape numerous attempts at jailing him by an FBI agent (Tom Hanks), the only person who truly understands him. Spielberg's directing is superb, making the film a very realistic one indeed; there's an extremely entertaining script by Jeff Nathanson; …
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