Catch Me If You Can a true story

Catch Me If You Can is a true story of Frank Abagnale jr.’s life as a con man. Spielberg created cinematic gold with an all-star cast leading the way; Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Abagnale jr), Tom Hanks (Carl Hanratty), Christopher Walken (Frank Abagnale snr) with appearances from Martin Sheen, Amy Adams, Jenniffer Garner and many more.

Here are a few things that you may not have known about Catch Me if you Can. Spolier Alert

Catch Me if you Can

Frank successfully posed as a lawyer, doctor, pilot for PanAm and a detective.

Frank’s first con was at the airport in New York where he noticed that car rental companies would drop their daily income in a box at the airport, which would then be taken to the safe. Frank rented a security guard costume and placed a note on the box saying “Out of order. Place deposits with security guard on duty”, to Frank’s amazement it worked stating “How on earth can a dropbox be out of service”. Frank was 18.

The real Frank Abagnale posing as a PanAm pilot.

The real Frank Abagnale posing as a PanAm pilot.

The real Frank made a cameo appearance in the film as one of the french arresting officers.

Frank Abagnale cameo

Catch Me if you Can has one of the longest journeys from pitch to production in cinematic history. In 1981 an announcement was made that this film would be produced, starring Dustin Hoffman.

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate

Catch Me if you Can is the conclusion of Stephen Spielberg’s unofficial Running Man trilogy, starting with A.I. Artificial Intellegence (2001) followed by Minority Report (2002)

A.I. Artificail Intellegence (2001)

A.I. Artificail Intellegence (2001)

Minority Report (2002)

Minority Report (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Depp was Spielberg’s first choice to play Frank, but Depp decided to turn it down .

Johnny Depp turned down the role of rank Abagnale.

Johnny Depp turned down the role of rank Abagnale.

Catch Me if you Can truly is a tale of a battle of witts. With a lead character that you cannot help but root for despite the fact that he is breaking an array of laws on an international scale, a father son relationship that could bring you to tears and a mother with questionable methods, why wouldn’t you love it.

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