2002 American film by Steven Spielberg
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Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 american english biographic crime film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks with Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles. The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson is based on the autobiography of Frank Abagnale, who allegedly, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot burner, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. The truth of his narrative is questionable. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

Development for the film began in 1980 but dragged on until 1997, when Spielberg ‘s DreamWorks bought the film rights to Abagnale ‘s 1980 book of the same name. David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Lasse Hallström, Miloš Forman, and Cameron Crowe were all considered to direct the film before Spielberg decided to direct it himself. Filming took plaza from February to May 2002. The film opened on December 25, 2002, to critical and commercial achiever. At the 75th Academy Awards, Christopher Walken and John Williams were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score, [ 6 ] respectively .

plot [edit ]

In 1963, teenager Frank William Abagnale Jr. lives in New Rochelle, New York with his church father Frank Abagnale Sr. and his french mother Paula. During his youth, he witnesses his beget ‘s many techniques for conning people. When Frank Sr. encounters tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service, the family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. One day, Frank discovers that his mother is having an affair with his beget ‘s friend Jack Barnes. When his parents divorce, Frank runs away. Needing money, he turns to confidence scams to survive and his cons grow bold. He impersonates a Pan Am pilot and forges the airline ‘s payroll checks. soon, his forgeries are worth millions of dollars. news program of the crimes reach the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) and agent Carl Hanratty begins tracking Frank. Carl finds him at a hotel, but Frank tricks Carl into believing he is mysterious Service agentive role Barry Allen. He escapes before Carl realizes that he was fooled. Frank begins to impersonate a doctor. As Dr. Frank Conners, he falls in love with Brenda, a primitive young hospital worker. He asks her lawyer father for her hand and besides wants his avail with arranging to take the Louisiana State Bar examination, which Frank passes. Carl tracks Frank to his and Brenda ‘s date party, but Frank escapes through a bedroom window. Before escape, Frank asks Brenda to meet him at Miami International Airport two days late. There, he sees her, but besides spot plainclothes agents and realizes she has given him up, then drives away. Re-assuming his pilot identity, he stages a faithlessly recruit drive for stewardesses at a local college. Surrounded by eight women as stewardesses, he conceals himself from Carl and the early agents walking through, and escapes on a flight to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Spain. In 1967, Carl tracks down Frank in his mother ‘s hometown of Montrichard, France. He is incarcerated in a french prison in Marseille where he becomes identical ill due to its inadequate conditions. Carl takes Frank on a escape back to the United States. As they make their approach, he informs him that his father has died. Grief-stricken, Frank escapes from the plane and reaches the house of his now re-married mother who has a daughter. Frank surrenders to Carl and is sentenced to 12 years in a maximum-security prison. Carl occasionally visits Frank. During one visit, he shows him a fraud determine from a case he is working on. Frank immediately figures out that the depository financial institution teller was involved in the imposter. Impressed, Carl convinces the FBI to allow him to serve the end of his sentence working for the FBI bank fraud whole. Frank agrees but soon grows restless of the boring agency workplace. One weekend, Frank prepares to impersonate a pilot program again and is intercepted by Carl, who allows him to carry on his act, assuring him that no one is chasing him. As Frank returns to work and discusses another fraud case with Carl, the post-script indicates that Frank has lived for 26 years in the Midwestern United States with his wife, with whom he has had three sons, remains friends with Carl, and has built a successful populate as one of the world ‘s head experts on savings bank imposter and forgery .

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Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes and Chris Ellis impersonate FBI agents Earl Amdursky, Tom Fox, and special Agent Witkins, respectively. John Finn portrays FBI Assistant Director Marsh. Jennifer Garner cameos as a call daughter named Cheryl Ann. Ellen Pompeo, Elizabeth Banks, and Kaitlin Doubleday have supporting roles as Marci, Lucy, and Joanna. The real Frank Abagnale appears in a cameo as a french police military officer arresting his onscreen counterpart. [ 7 ]

output [edit ]

Development [edit ]

Frank Abagnale sold the film rights to his autobiography in 1980. [ 8 ] According to Abagnale, producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin purchased the film rights after seeing him on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Two years late, they sold the rights to Columbia Pictures, who in turn sold the rights to manufacturer Hall Bartlett. Bartlett and clientele collaborator Michael J. Lasky hired Steven Kunes to write the screenplay, but Bartlett died before the project found a distributor. [ 9 ] The rights were then sold to Hollywood Pictures, a division of Disney, and when the project went into turnaround, the rights were again sold to Bungalow 78 Productions, a division of TriStar Pictures. From there, the stick out was presented to Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks Pictures. [ 10 ] According to Daily Variety, executive producer Michel Shane purchased the film rights in 1990 [ 11 ] for Paramount Pictures. [ 12 ] By December 1997, Barry Kemp purchased the film rights from Shane, bringing the visualize to DreamWorks, with Jeff Nathanson writing the handwriting. [ 13 ] By April 2000, David Fincher was attached to direct over the course of a few months, but dropped out in favor of Panic Room. In July 2000, Leonardo DiCaprio had entered discussions to star, with Gore Verbinski to direct. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] Spielberg signed on as producer, and film was set to begin in March 2001. [ 16 ] [ 17 ]

Casting [edit ]

Verbinski cast James Gandolfini as Carl Hanratty, Ed Harris as Frank Abagnale, Sr., and Chloë Sevigny as Brenda Strong. [ 18 ] [ 19 ] Verbinski dropped out because of DiCaprio ‘s commitment on Gangs of New York. [ 20 ] Lasse Hallström was in negotiations to direct by May 2001, but dropped out in July 2001. At this stage, Harris and Sevigny left the film, but Gandolfini was inactive attached. [ 19 ] [ 21 ] Spielberg, co-founder of DreamWorks, offered the job of director to Miloš Forman, and considered hiring Cameron Crowe. During this negotiation period, Spielberg began to consider directing the film himself, finally dropping projects such as Big Fish and Memoirs of a Geisha. [ 17 ] [ 22 ] Spielberg officially committed to directing in August 2001. [ 11 ] That like calendar month, Tom Hanks was cast to replace Gandolfini, who had exited due to scheduling conflicts with The Sopranos. [ 23 ] The search for Sevigny ‘s refilling as Brenda Strong lasted months, but Amy Adams was finally cast. Spielberg “ loved ” her record, and producer Walter F. Parkes commented that she was “ as fresh and honest as anyone we ‘d seen, ” which was an important element in the role. Christopher Walken was cast as Frank Abagnale, Sr. following Parkes ‘ suggestion. Martin Sheen played Roger Strong, as he had “ intimidating bearing ”. Spielberg wanted a french actress to portray Paula Abagnale to stay true to the facts. He asked for the help of Brian De Palma, who was living in Paris, and he did tests with several actresses such as Nathalie Baye. Spielberg had seen Jennifer Garner on Alias and offered her a small function in the film. [ 24 ]

Filming [edit ]

Filming was scheduled to begin in January 2002, [ 11 ] but was pushed to February 7 in Los Angeles, California. [ 25 ] Locations included Burbank, Downey, New York City, LA/Ontario International Airport ( which doubled for Miami International Airport ), Quebec City and Montreal. [ 26 ] The film was shot in 147 locations in merely 52 days. DiCaprio reflected, “ Scenes that we thought would take three days took an good afternoon. ” [ 27 ] Filming run from April 25–30 on Park Avenue, good outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Production moved to Orange, New Jersey and returned to Brooklyn for bank and courthouse scenes. Shooting besides took position at the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport. [ 28 ] Quebec City was chosen for its european character and french feel. Place Royale, within Old Quebec, stands in for Montrichard, and the church in the background of the halt scene is Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. [ 29 ] Filming ended on May 12 in Montreal. [ 30 ]

music [edit ]

The film ‘s soundtrack was released on December 10, 2002 by DreamWorks Records. The original score was composed and conducted by John Williams .

historical accuracy [edit ]

Abagnale had small engagement with the film, but believed Spielberg was the merely film maker who “ could do this film justice, ” despite the respective changes from real-life events. [ 31 ] In November 2001, Abagnale said :

I am not a adviser on the film. I ‘ve never met nor spoken to Steven Spielberg and I have not read the script. I prefer not to. I understand that they now portray my forefather in a better light, as he actually was. Steven Spielberg has told the screenplay writer ( Jeff Nathanson ) that he wants arrant accuracy in the relationships and actual scam that I perpetrated. I hope in the conclusion the movie will be entertain, stimulate, fishy and bring home an crucial message about family, childhood and divorce. [ 31 ]

The real Abagnale never saw his father again after he ran away from home, but Spielberg “ wanted to continue to have that connection where Frank kept trying to please his father ; by making him proud of him ; by seeing him in the uniform, the Pan-American uniform. ” [ 32 ] In a presentation for “ Talks at Google ” in November 2017, Abagnale commented extensively about the accuracy of Spielberg ‘s film :

I ‘ve only seen the movie doubly. so when the media asked me what I thought about the movie, and what was right and what was wrong, I said : First of all I have two brothers and a sister ; he portrayed me as an lone child. In real life, my mother never remarried ; there ‘s a scene in the movie where she ‘s remarried, and has a short girlfriend. That did n’t very happen. In real liveliness I never saw my founder after I ran away ; in the movie they keep having him come back to Christopher Walken in the film. That did n’t very happen. … I escaped off the aircraft through the kitchen galley where they bring the food and stuff onto the plane ; and there they had me escape through the toilet. … I thought he stayed very close to the fib, but pretty much all of that. He was very implicated about being accurate, beginning of all because it was the first time he made a movie about a real person living. second the Bureau had an information officer on the laid for all the shoot of the stallion film to make sure that what he said about the FBI … was accurate. … And then of class, as he by and by said, ‘ I very got most of my information from those three retired agents. ‘ … So I thought he did a good job of staying very, identical accurate at the movie. [ 33 ]

In addition, the real diagnose of the actual FBI agent who Abagnale alleges tracked and later worked with him was Joseph Shea ; Abagnale has stated that because Shea did not want his name to be used in the film, the character was renamed as Carl and given the surname Hanratty, based on a football musician of the same name. [ 34 ] [ 35 ] Despite his claim that Spielberg “ stayed very close to the floor ”, records show Abagnale was in the Great Meadow Prison in Comstock, New York between the ages of 17 and 20 ( July 26, 1965 to Dec 24, 1968, inmate # 25367 ), and before that, he was in the United States Navy ( December 1964 to February 1965 ). [ 36 ] Six weeks after his let go of from Great Meadow, on February 14, 1969, he was re-arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was jailed locally, and in June 1969, he was convicted of stealing from a local kin and small business in Baton Rouge. [ 4 ] [ 37 ] Abagnale did trim as a Pan American Airlines pilot for a brief menstruation in the fall of 1970. He was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia on November 2, 1970. federal court records associated with his conviction show he cashed only 10 personal checks dressed up with a Pan American Airlines logo, totalling less than $ 1,500 USD. The facts behind many of Abagnale ‘s overdo claims, and their inclusion body or omission from the film, have been the subject of media reporting in 2021. [ 38 ] [ 39 ] His claim that he passed the Louisiana bar examination and worked for Attorney General Jack P. F. Gremillion was debunked by several journalists in 1978. [ 40 ] [ 41 ] Journalist Ira Perry was ineffective to find any tell that Abagnale worked with the FBI ; according to one retired FBI Special agent in charge, Abagnale was caught trying to pass personal checks in 1978 several years after he claimed that he began working with the FBI. [ 41 ]

Themes [edit ]

Catch Me if You Can deals with themes of break homes and perturb childhoods. Spielberg ‘s parents divorced when he was a adolescent, similar to Frank Abagnale ‘s situation. In the film, Carl Hanratty is besides divorced from his wife, who lives with their daughter in Chicago. “ Some of my films have had to do with break homes and people on the scat from their sad pasts, ” Spielberg stated .

But there are those strands that got me to say : you know, there ‘s something besides about me that I can say through the revealing of this kind of blithe fib. [ 32 ]

Spielberg besides wanted to create a movie that sympathized with a criminal. He explained ,

Frank was a twenty-first century flair working within the innocence of the mid ’60s, when people were more trusting than they are now. I do n’t think this is the kind of movie where person could say, ‘ I have a career plan. ‘ [ 32 ]

exhaust [edit ]

I know that Hollywood has made a numeral of changes to the floor, but I am honored that Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks participated in the make of the movie inspired by my animation. It is important to understand that it is equitable a movie, not a biographic documentary .

— Frank Abagnale ‘s reaction to the movie [ 8 ] DreamWorks was careful to market the film as “ inspired by a true floor ” to avoid controversy similar to that surrounding A Beautiful Mind ( 2001 ) and The Hurricane ( 1999 ), both of which deviated from history. [ 32 ] The premier took place at Westwood, Los Angeles, California, on December 18, 2002. [ 42 ] Game Show Network has aired the 1977 episode of the television receiver game show To Tell the Truth that featured Frank Abagnale. Segments were shown on December 29, 2002, and January 1, 2003, as forwarding. [ 43 ]

home media [edit ]

Catch Me If You Can was released on DVD and VHS on May 6, 2003. [ 44 ] It included special features including never-before-seen footage by director Steven Spielberg arsenic well as interviews. [ 45 ] [ 44 ] A Blu-ray translation was released on December 4, 2012. [ 46 ]

reception [edit ]

Box office [edit ]

Catch Me If You Can was released on December 25, 2002, earning slightly above $ 30 million in 3,225 theaters during its opening weekend, in second place behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The film went on to gross $ 164.6 million in North America and $ 187.5 million in alien countries, with a cosmopolitan total of $ 352.1 million. The film was a fiscal success, recouping the $ 52 million budget seven times over. [ 2 ] Catch Me If You Can was the eleventh highest-grossing film of 2002 ; Minority Report, besides a Spielberg movie, was the one-tenth highest. [ 47 ]

critical answer [edit ]

On Rotten Tomatoes, Catch Me If You Can has a “ certified bracing ” rate of 96 % based on 203 reviews, with an average rate of 7.90/10. The site ‘s critical consensus reads : “ With avail from a solid performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that ‘s stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet. ” [ 48 ] On Metacritic, the film has a grade of 75 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating “ by and large favorable reviews ”. [ 49 ] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “ A- ” on an A+ to F scale. [ 50 ] Roger Ebert heavily praised DiCaprio ‘s performance, and concluded “ This is not a major Spielberg film, although it is an effortlessly watchable one. ” [ 51 ] Mick LaSalle said it was “ not Spielberg ‘s best movie, but one of his fluent and possibly his friendly. The colorful filming, bright performances and brisk tempo suggest a film maker subordinating every early urge to the task of fabricate pleasure. ” [ 52 ] Stephen Hunter believed DiCaprio shows “ the range and relief and ingenuity that Martin Scorsese so underutilized in Gangs of New York. “ [ 53 ] James Berardinelli observed, “ Catch Me if You Can never takes itself or its subjects excessively seriously, and contains more authentically fishy fabric than about 90 % of the alleged ‘comedies ‘ found in multiplexes these days. ” Berardinelli praised John Williams ‘ movie score, which he felt was “ more confidant and flashy than his common material, evoking ( intentionally ) Henry Mancini. ” [ 54 ] Peter Travers was one of few who gave the movie a negative revue ; he considered the film to be “ bogged down over 140 minutes. A film that took off like a hare on speed ends like a wind tortoise. ” [ 55 ]

Accolades [edit ]

At the 75th Academy Awards, Christopher Walken and John Williams were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score. [ 6 ] Walken won the lapp class at the 56th british Academy Film Awards, while Williams, costume couturier Mary Zophres and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson received nominations. [ 56 ] DiCaprio was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. [ 57 ] Williams besides earned a Grammy Award nominating speech. [ 58 ] Elements of the film were late parodied in The Simpsons episode “ Catch ‘Em If You Can “. [ 59 ]

musical adaptation [edit ]

A musical adaptation of the like name premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington in July 2009, starring Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz. [ 60 ] It began previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 11, 2011 and officially opened April 10, 2011. [ 61 ] [ 62 ] The melodious was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. [ 63 ]

See besides [edit ]

  • The Great Impostor, a 1961 film based on the story of an impostor named Ferdinand Waldo Demara
  • The Pretender, a TV series
  • VIPs, a 2010 film based on the story of Brazilian businessman, consultant, speaker, and former embezzler, Marcelo Nascimento Rocha

References [edit ]

  • Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding. Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit. (ISBN 0-06-052971-7).