Catch Me If You Can (Ff)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Christopher Walken, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks

Dreamworks | February 14, 2006 | DVD

Catch Me If You Can (Ff) is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Frank Abagnale Jr., social engineer and con boy extraordinaire. Set in the glorious '60s (which, oddly, look much like the stylish '50s) and based on his bestselling memoir, 17-year-old Frankie Abagnale, Jr. manages to wink, weasel, defraud and bilk $2.5 million from Corporate America. But it's okay -- he's doing it all for love. Well, love and "fine threads, luxurious lodgings, and fantastic foxes."

Stricken by the announcement of his parents' divorce, Frankie (Leonardo DiCaprio) believes he can bring about a reconciliation if he can come up with enough moolah for the family to return to its charmed lifestyle. And so begins his psychological escape and ingenious transformations (teacher, airline pilot, Secret Service Agent, doctor, lawyer) on the road to counterfeit cheque glory. Though a little long in the tooth to play a teenager, DiCaprio manages to strike the delicate and plausible balance between naive boy ("This is by far the best date I've ever been on") and suave charmer ("I'd like to cash this cheque here and then I'd like to take you out for a steak dinner"). Flanked by Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, the earnest FBI Agent pursuing him, and the sublime-yet-spooky Christopher Walken (the emotional anchor of the film who also cuts a mean rug) as Frank Abagnale, Sr., there's no lack of star wattage or acting talent on the roster. Also noteworthy are cameos by Martin Sheen, Jennifer Garner and James Brolin (hey, there is life after Hotel!).

Confessions of an Adolescent Con Artist -- Spielberg positions this firmly in good ol' fashioned hoodwinking territory (more The Sting than The Grifters) with our sympathies clearly on Frankie's side. However, if we must criticize, Catch Me If You Can moves from one caper to the next without enough attention to character (no, changing from pilot's blues to doctor's cost to lawyer's duds doesn't count) or narrative development. That said, it's tough to complain when the acting is stellar, the cons so bold and most importantly, it's all so much fun.

Video Release: February 14, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2002

Studio: Dreamworks

UPC: 678149059229

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is definitely a must see. Not the usual Spielberg film or it doesn’t feel like it not as usually overblown as a typical spielberg film. Though it is nostalgic and fun filled and breezy. Dealing with a boy who has to grow up fast. A con man whose only real wish is to make his father proud and get his parents back together and with all the feats he is successful with. That is the only one that is impossible. Leonardo DiCaprio is a revelation especially in his scenes while the cons are finally taking there toll on him. Where he doesn’t know who he really is anymore. What he actually likes and he really sells the performance when he escapes and see’s his mothers new family and you can see the childlike wonder in his eyes until his heart truly breaks. It’s a good thing because Johnny depp was the first choice to play the role but watching it he would look to old to play the role. At one point Gore Verbinski (The Pirates Of The Caribbean) was slated to direct but with delays on “Gangs Of New York” taking so long he had to drop out so did James Gandolfini who was slated to play tom hanks role originally since he had to go back to film “The Sopranos” Also set ot appear in the film were Ed Harris as Leo’s Father And Chloe Sevingy Probably slated to play Amy Adams Eventual role. Even before spielberg took over as director he was only slated to produce he considered Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky), Lasse Hallstrum (The Ciderhouse Rules) and David Fincher (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) It’s good Steven Spielberg took it as it is one of my favorite films by him. The vivid elementary of the cons and the escapes are visually stimulting without going overboard. Though Tom Hanks accent is a little overbearing he and the rest of the cast do excellent work supporting the star while making definite impression of there own. Christopher Walken is good playing a normal human being for once. Not over the top and actually warm which is rare for him. I had pre-concieved notions going to the theater to see it but I figured my friend read the book it was based on and said it was good. Even though the trailer looked iffy that was good material to base the film on. I figured at least Christopher Walken is in it and it should be a good warm up performance from Leonardo DiCarpio before his sure to be good performance in “Gangs Of New York” that was due out later that month. If only I knew this was going to be the film I enjoyed more. It Blew me away with how much I liked it/ I Was a DiCaprio fan early in his career before “Titanic” made me alienate him as he achieved world wide success. I Didn’t want to be part of the popular film quotient plus teenage girls loved him so much. Though I still did see “The Beach” this is the film that reassured my faith in him This is definitely a must see.
Date published: 2009-04-12

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Catch Me If You Can (Ff)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Christopher Walken, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks

Video Release: February 14, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2002

Studio: Dreamworks

UPC: 678149059229


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  • Released in English