IMDb Top 250: #220 Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book) (as Frank W. Abagnale)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

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.


I have to admit, whenever I see a movie with Tom Hanks, I love it. He is one of my all time favorite actors. And to be frank, I wasn’t disappointed when the credits started rolling. It also helped that this movie is based on true events.

Frank Abagnale Junior, is a 16 year old kid, who worships his father. But when things start to go bad for his father with the IRS and his parents file for divorce, he is forced to choose a parent to live with. Rather than pick, he runs away from home to New York where he learns how to cash in checks. He starts expanding his con, becoming an airline pilot for Pan Am, a doctor and a lawyer. He gets on the radar of the FBI and thus starts a cat and mouse chase between Frank and Carl Hanratty, the agent who is on working the case.

Overall, a great movie from director Steven Spielberg, who at the time was known for major blockbuster movies. Although not flashy and eye catching, this movie benefits from it’s amazing main characters. Leonardo DiCaprio plays perfectly the innocent kid who doesn’t think that he is doing something wrong. Smart, funny and full of imagination, his character cons everyone along the way, but with the best intentions in mind. Tom Hanks is on the other hand the serious, lonely agent, always willing to go the extra mile to apprehend the thief. It’s funny how they begin on opposite sides, but their relationship turns into more of a father-son bonding, ending with then becoming good friends and eventual partners.

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