Catch Me If You Can

Release: December 25, 2002

Budget: $52,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $352,114,312

Catch Me If You Can is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, a young man who successfully pulled off cons worth millions of dollars, all before his 19th birthday. He pretended to be a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Louisiana parish prosecutor, and a Georgia doctor. Abagnale assisted the FBI with bank fraud crimes, his specialty.

Critics had this to say: Roger Ebert praised DiCaprio’s performance, and concluded “This is not a major Spielberg film, although it is an effortlessly watchable one”.

Mick LaSalle: “not Spielberg’s best movie, but one of his smoothest and maybe his friendliest. The colorful cinematography, smart performances and brisk tempo suggest a filmmaker subordinating every other impulse to the task of manufacturing pleasure.”


Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) an American conman and pretender.

Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken) – Frank’s father.

Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) – FBI agent who pursues Frank.

Paula Abagnale (Nathalie Baye) – Frank’s mother.

Awards & Nominations

Academy Awards

  • Oscar - Best Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Walken
  • Oscar - Best Music, Original Score John Williams

Golden Globe

  • Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Leonardo DiCaprio

BAFTA Awards

  • Winner - BAFTA Film Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Walken
  • Nominee - Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music - John Williams
  • Nominee - BAFTA Film Award - Best Costume Design Mary Zophres

Screen Actors Guild

  • Winner - Actor - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Walken

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

  • Winner - Movies for Grownups Award - Best Movie Time Capsule
  • Nominee - Best Director Steven Spielberg For Minority Report

Art Directors Guild

  • Winner - Contemporary Film Jeannine Oppewall (production designer) Sarah Knowles (art director) Peter Rogness (art director) Michele Laliberte (art director) John Warnke (art director) Miguel López-Castillo (assistant art director)

I want to know:

Is this the first time Tom Hanks worked with Steven Spielberg?

It is actually the fourth. To celebrate this you can see a blackboard that Carl Hanratty is writing on toward the end of the movie contains a small note at the bottom that says, “Steven and Tom’s 4th project”. They had previously worked together on Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan and Joe Versus the Volcano