Catch Me If You Can

July 12, 2002

Catch Me If You Can

THE TRUE STORY OF A REAL FAKE.

Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail, Catch Me If You Can pairs Leonardo with Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks.
From Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg, the film follows Frank W. Abagnale Jr. as he successfully passes off as a pilot, a lawyers, a doctor – all before his 21st birthday!

“Things that happen in era. life are sometimes a hundred times more fascinating than anything a person could make up off the top of his head.” – DiCaprio

Catch Me If You Can is based on Abagnale’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles how he – as a runaway teenager, without so much as a high school diploma – managed to pass himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and a college professor, all while cashing in millions of dollars in fraudulent checks.

Frank Abagnale offers, “It began with my parents divorce and its dramatic effect on me. I ran away and suddenly found myself a teenager alone in the world. I had to grow up very quickly and become very creative in order to survive. But what started out as survival became more and more of a game. I was an opportunist, so when I saw an opening I asked myself, ‘Could I get away with that?’ Then there was the satisfaction of actually getting away with it. The more I got away with, the more of a game it became – a game I knew I would ultimately lose, but a game I was going to have fun playing until I did.”

A bestseller, Abagnale’s autobiography has fascinated millions of readers, including director/producer Steven Spielberg. “I was like the many people who fell under the seductive influence of the real Frank William Abagnale, Jr., just through his book.”

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