Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2002. DreamWorks, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Muse Entertainment Enterprises. Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the book Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story Of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Produced by Walter F. Parkes, Steven Spielberg. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall. Costume Design by Mary Zophres. Film Editing by Michael Kahn. Academy Awards 2002. Golden Globe Awards 2002.
For almost three years in the sixties, high school student Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) traveled the world masquerading as a Pan-Am pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, cashing forged cheques and giving authorities a giant headache. Along the way he did some growing up and experienced the rages of teen angst caused by his parents’ divorce. This fascinating comedy features an excellent performance by DiCaprio as well as a brilliant supporting turn by Tom Hanks as the FBI cheque-forgery expert who made it his personal mission to hunt him down. Steven Spielberg directs with an unusually light touch, giving this delightful comedy just the right rhythm to bring its time period to life. Highlighted by fantastic supporting performances by Christopher Walken and Nathalie Baye, this is one of the most enjoyable films of the year.