Monday, March 29, 2010

Catch Me If You Can (2002) Steven Spielberg

This is the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr, who over the course of several years, successfully impersonated a lawyer, professor, airline pilot, and a doctor, cashing more than two million dollars in fraudulent checks. Leonardo DiCaprio is wonderful as the talented Abagnale, who's always on the run from FBI agent, Tom Hanks.

There's a bit of sentimentality here and there, revolving around loneliness and Christmas Eve, but some is needed to explain Abagnale's motivations. Christopher Walken does a nice job playing DiCaprio's father and there are also appearances by Martin Sheen and Jennifer Garner. (The real Frank Abagnale makes a cameo appearance at the end as a French policeman but his face can barely be seen.)

I have many favorite scenes in the movie not the least of which takes place in the Miami International Airport. Abagnale slides through the security net, surrounded by stewardess-wanna-bes, accompanied by Sinatra singing "Come Fly With Me."

Beautifully filmed by Spielberg, this is a great adventure that you need to experience.

"I'm not a doctor. I'm not a lawyer, or a Harvard graduate, or a Lutheran."
"You're not a Lutheran?"

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