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
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 made a cameo appearance in the film as one of the french arresting officers.
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.
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)
Johnny Depp was Spielberg’s first choice to play Frank, but Depp decided to turn it down .
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.