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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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Coming Out at 25 December 2002 in theaters

Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can is biographical crime film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, with Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles. The film is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His foremost crime was check fraud; he became so highly skilled that the FBI later turned to him for help catching other check forgers.

Development for the film began in 1980 but dragged on until 1997, when Spielberg’s DreamWorks bought the film rights to Abagnale’s book. David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Lasse Hallström, MiloÅ¡ Forman and Cameron Crowe were all considered to direct the film before Spielberg decided to direct it himself. Filming took place from February to May 2002.

The film opened on December 25, 2002 to critical and commercial success. At the 75th Academy Awards, Christopher Walken and John Williams were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score.

In 1963, teenager Frank Abagnale lives in New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale, Sr., and French mother, Paula. When Frank Sr. encounters tax problems with the IRS, his family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack Barnes, her husband’s friend. Meanwhile, Frank has to transfer to public school and gets into trouble when he begins posing as a substitute French teacher on his first day there. Frank runs away when his parents divorce. Needing money, he turns to confidence scams to survive, and his cons grow bolder. He impersonates an airline pilot and forges Pan Am payroll checks. Soon, his forgeries are worth millions of dollars.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr. (book), Stan Redding (book)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprio►Frank Abagnale Jr.
Tom Hanks►Carl Hanratty
Christopher Walken►Frank Abagnale
Martin Sheen►Roger Strong
Nathalie Baye►Paula Abagnale
Amy Adams►Brenda Strong
James Brolin►Jack Barnes
Brian Howe►Earl Amdursky
Frank John Hughes►Tom Fox
Steve Eastin►Paul Morgan
Chris Ellis►Special Agent Witkins
John Finn►Assistant Director Marsh
Jennifer Garner►Cheryl Ann
Nancy Lenehan►Carol Strong
Ellen Pompeo►Marci
Elizabeth Banks►Lucy
Guy Thauvette►Warden Garren
Candice Azzara►Darcy
Matthew Kimbrough►Loan Officer
Joshua Boyd►Football Player
Kaitlin Doubleday►Joanna
Kelly McNair►Girl #1
Jonathan Dankner►Student #1 
Maggie Mellin►Teacher
Thomas Kopache►Principal Evans
Margaret Travolta►Ms. Davenport
Jimmie F. Skaggs►Bartender
Alex Hyde-White►Mr. Kesner
Lilyan Chauvin►Mrs. Lavalier
Eugene Fleming►Ticket Clerk
Robert Ruth►Hotel Manager
Jennifer Manley►Ashley
James Morrison►Pilot
Robert Symonds►Mr. Rosen
Jennifer Kan►Female Bank Teller
Robert Curtis Brown►Front Desk Clerk
Kelly Hutchinson►Young Female Teller
Steve Witting►Manager
Wendy Worthington►Receptionist
Jane Bodle►TWA Ticket Agent
J. Patrick McCormack►Auctioneer
Brian Goodman►Motel Owner
Ray Proscia►Salesman
Sarah Lancaster►Riverbend Woman
Jill Matson-Sachoff►Riverbend Woman 
Mike Baldridge►Terry
Joel Ewing►Party Guy
Ritchie Montgomery►Young Doctor
Jim Antonio►Victor Griffith
Angela Sorensen►Party Girl
Jonathan Brent►Dr. Ashland
Benita Krista Nall►Emergency Nurse
Shane Edelman►Doctor Harris
Andrew Meeks►Young Patient
Morgan Rusler►FBI Agent
Jane Edith Wilson►Bar Examiner
Dave Hager►Judge
Kyle Davis►Kid
Patrick Thomas O’Brien►Mr. Hendricks
Jaime Ray Newman►Monica
Deborah Kellner►Debra Jo
Mercedes Cornett►Heather
Amy Acker►Miggy
Robert Peters►FBI Agent
James DuMont►FBI Agent 
Thomas Crawford►FBI Agent
Sarah Rush►Secretary
Malachi Throne►Abe Penner
Alfred Dennis►Ira Penner
Max Kerstein►Penner Brother
Donna Kimball►TWA Stewardess
Jan Munroe►Captain Oliver
Stephen Dunham►Pilot
Brandon Keener►Pilot
Jasmine Jessica Anthony►Little Girl
Anthony Powers►NY Savings Bank Manager
Lauren Cohn►Female Teller
Jeremy Howard►Teen Waiter
Jack Knight►Man #3
Jamie Anderson►Ilene
Kam Heskin►Candy
Ana Maria Quintana►Hotel Maid
Gerald R. Molen►FBI Agent 
Celine du Tertre►Little Girl on Street 
Stan Bly►Blind Man
Jamie Moss►Young Man
Jessica Collins►Peggy
Frank Abagnale Jr.►French Policeman
Roger Léger►Prison Guard 
Jean-François Blanchard►French Police Captain
Mathieu Gaudreault►French Police
Guy-Daniel Tremblay►French Police 
Alex Bisping►French Police 
Patrice Dussault►French Police
Paul Todd►Maitre D’
Jake Wagner►Kid
Ashley Cohen►Party Twin
Kelly Cohen►Party Twin
Ellis Hall►Piano Player / Singer
Steven Meizler►Piano Player

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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