Spotlight Movie // Catch Me If You Can

Review: Catch Me If You Can
  • Catch Me If You Can (Grade: B+) — Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg run fast and loose in this rollicking caper. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 01/08/03

  • Plethora of Catch Me If You Can Pics Floating Around
      A number of on-set photos from "Catch Me if You Can" have popped up online. The DreamWorks Fansite has the majority of the stills--including an action shot--but the cream of the "Catch Me" crop comes via Ananova. It's the kind of picture that's just begging for a smart-assed caption.
    Posted: 05/03/02

    Catch Me If You Can Author Comments on Adaptation
      Frank Abagnale, former con-man and author of "Catch Me If you Can," ditched his criminal life decades ago, but within the next year his exploits will be the centerpiece of a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Most people would be overjoyed to see their life story--even a criminal life story--brought to screen by A-list talent, but Abagnale, in a note on his company's Web site, is ambivalent toward the adaptation.

    Abagnale writes: "I have been married for over 25 years and I am the proud father of 3 sons. When I was 28 years old, I thought it would be great to have a movie about my life, but when I was 28, like when I was 16, I was egotistical and self-centered. We all grow up. Hopefully we get wiser. Age brings wisdom and fatherhood changes one's life completely."

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    Posted: 03/17/02

    The Con is on for Spielberg, Hanks, DiCaprio
      When casting news for "Catch Me If You Can" surfaced in mid-2001, the only significant name attached was Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo's name got studio execs tingly four years ago, but with the "Titanic" demographic creeping into late teendom, Leo's wattage doesn't have the moth-to-the-flame draw of day's past. "Catch Me," at the time, had the buzz of a "Biodome" sequel. But now, six months later, the addition of Steven Spielberg as director/producer and Tom Hanks as co-star has made "Catch Me" one of the most intriguing projects in development. Recent news of Christoper Walken's possible involvement further whets the appetite, especially if Spielberg finds a way to make him fly.

    The story follows the true-life exploits of con-man Frank Abagnale, Jr (DiCaprio). For five years—all before his 21st birthday—Abagnale criss-crossed the globe posing as a Pan Am pilot, a surgeon, a lawyer, and a sociology professor, all the while raking in millions through his check-bouncing scam. FBI agent Joe Shaye (Hanks) trailed Abagnale and eventually nabbed him, but Abagnale emerged a mere five years later and soon transitioned into a consultant career with the FBI.

    Slated for a November 27 release and featuring a cast with dramatic talent, "Catch Me" might appear to be a holiday drama gunning for Oscar contention. But online reviews of Abagnale's book portray the story as one where you root for the bad guy, so the film will probably reside in the same crime-comedy genre as 2001's smirking "Ocean's Eleven."
    Posted: 01/11/02