Catch Me If You Can

DreamWorks SKG Released 2002




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Steven Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can is the true to life story focusing on famous con artist Frank William Abagnale, who impersonated a wide variety of professionals in his illustrious career to varying degrees of success and fun. Spurred on by the divorce of his parents and by his obvious talent for lying and getting out of tight situations, young Frank runs away and sets about finding his place in the world, periodically meeting with his beloved father to update him on his progress and gain his approval. In the course of his adventures, Frank impersonates a doctor, a lawyer, and an airline pilot, all while bumbling FBI agent Carl Hanratty and his team pursue the young felon, and are outwitted at seemingly every turn.


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    • Production budget - $52,000,000
      Domestic gross - $164,615,351 (11th)
      Worldwide gross - $352,114,312 (11th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $231,198,152
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $494,535,763

    • Other production companies:
      Kemp Company
      Splendid Pictures
      Parkes / MacDonald Productions
      Amblin Entertainment
      Muse Entertainment Enterprises

    • Filming locations:
      Pasadena, California
      Alcatraz Prison, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California
      Altadena, California
      Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
      Bellarmine Jefferson High School, Burbank, California
      Boeing-Aerospace Facility, Rockwell Defense Plant, Downey, California
      Borough Hall, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
      Brooklyn, New York City, New York
      Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers, New York
      Burbank, California
      Compton, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Fine Arts Auditorium, The Ebell of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York
      Larkin Park, Yonkers, New York
      Launderland Laundromat, Yonkers, New York
      Lionel-Groulx Metro Station, Montréal, Québec, Canada
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Montréal, Québec, Canada
      New York City, New York
      Notre Dame des Victoires, Québec City, Québec, Canada
      Old Orange County Courthouse, Santa Ana, California
      Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California
      Orange, New Jersey
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Pasadena, California
      Place Royale, Québec City, Québec, Canada
      Quality Coffee Shop, Los Angeles, California
      Queens, New York City, New York
      Québec City, Québec, Canada
      Québec, Canada
      Rockwell Defense Plant - Bellflower & Imperial Highway, Downey, California
      Rose City High School, Pasadena, California
      San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Santa Ana, California
      TWA Terminal, JFK International Airport, Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York
      The Ebell of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Tropicana Bar, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Union Station, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Yonkers, New York

    • Taglines:
      1. Catch them this Christmas.
      2. The true story of a real fake.
      3. The true story of an ingenious deception.
      4. Frank didn't go to flight school...Frank didn't go to medical school...Frank didn't go to law school...because Frank's still in high school!

    • Music:
      To Tell The Truth
      Written by Paul Alter & Robert Israel
      Embraceable You
      Words & Music by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
      Performed by Judy Garland
      Put Your Head On My Shoulder
      Written by Paul Anka
      Performed by The Lettermen
      Body & Soul
      Written by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour & Frank Eyton
      Performed by Erroll Garner
      I've Got The World On A String
      Written by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
      Performed by Teddy Wilson, Milt Hinton & Oliver Jackson
      Take The A Train
      Written by Billy Strayhorn
      The Girl From Ipanema
      Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes
      English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
      Performed by Stan Getz & João Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
      The James Bond Theme
      Written by Monty Norman
      Performed by John Barry & His Orchestra
      Mele Kalikimaka
      Written by R. Alex Anderson
      Performed by Bing Crosby
      The Look Of Love
      Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
      Performed by Dusty Springfield
      You Really Got Me
      Written by Ray Davies
      Performed by The Kinks
      He's So Fine
      Written by Ronald Mack
      Performed by The Chiffons
      Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
      Written by C.W. Murphy, William Hargreaves& John Charles Moore
      Performed by The Mitch Miller Singers
      Un Poco Adagio
      from Piano Concerto No. 11 in D
      Written by Joseph Haydn
      Performed by Leif Ove Andsnes & The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
      I'll Be Home For Christmas
      Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon & Buck Ram
      Performed by The Hollyridge Strings
      The Way You Look Tonight
      Written by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
      Performed by The Lettermen
      Come Fly With Me
      Written by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
      Performed by Frank Sinatra
      I Can't Give You Anything But Love
      Written by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh
      I'm Shooting High
      Written by Ted Koehler & Jimmy McHugh
      Performed by Ellis Hall & BeB'Opera
      Leaving On A Jet Plane
      Written by John Denver
      Peuple Fidèle
      Music by John Reading
      Latin Lyrics by John Francis Wade
      English Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley
      Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes
      Arranged by Gregory Charles
      The Christmas Song
      Written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
      Performed by Nat 'King' Cole

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - Christopher Walken (won by Chris Cooperfor Adaption.)
      2. Original Score

      BAFTA Awards Wins:
      1. Supporting Actor - Christopher Walken

      BAFTA Awards Nominations:
      1. Anthony Asquith Award
      2. Costume Design
      3. Adapted Screenplay

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Best Drama Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio  (won by Jack Nicholson

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Best Soundtrack


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father and son, on the lam, criminal turned hero, Biography, quirky characters