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.
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