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Based on Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale Jr. Stan Redding.
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Frank Abagnale is a young, energetic, smart and very eccentric guy. And he is one of the most famous swindlers who put on the ears of all the police and intelligence agencies of America. Frank’s childhood passed in a fairly wealthy and respected family in the city. But soon in their family there was a scandal, the guy’s father was caught in major financial frauds. His parents broke up, his father left, and his mother found another man.The boy grew up almost deprived of the attention of his parents. All these hardships of life push him to leave his family and start a new prosperous life full of chic women, expensive cars and, most importantly, huge sums of money. The guy understands that he will not be able to quickly achieve all this legally; he, in the manner of his father, decides to become a desperate con man.
A man who has not yet reached the age of 20 becomes the greatest con man in history. He travels around the country in every city, transforming into his next image. In a short time, he was able to impersonate a rather successful doctor, even participated in an operation, an air airline pilot, and even become a lawyer who won a high-profile case. Phenomenal memory and erudition help him easily embody these images. To understand the subject of his future profession, a guy just needs to watch a film about doctors or read a book about memoirs of pilots. Yet another phenomenal talent for forging checks and invoices, which even experts are unable to distinguish from the original, allows him to live comfortably and in luxury.But soon the guy is taken seriously, Carl Hanratty, a detective from the Federal Reserve Bank, a specialist in fraud and fraud, takes up this difficult matter. And although the guy is a few steps ahead, the federal will put all his strength to catch the arrogant insolent.
Creators: Jeff Nathanson
Director: Steven Spielberg
Star Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes, Steve Eastin, Chris Ellis, John Finn, Jennifer Garner, Nancy Lenehan, Ellen Pompeo
Producer (s): Steven Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes
Cinematographer: Janusz Kamiński
Music: John Williams
Production House: Amblin Entertainment, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Kemp Company. Splendid Pictures
Original network / Official Sites: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Year: 25 December 2002 (USA)
Runtime: 141 min
Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, Bengali
In 1963, teenager Frank Abagnale lives in New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale, Sr., and French mother, Paula. When Frank Sr. encounters tax problems with the IRS, his family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack Barnes, her husband’s friend. Meanwhile, Frank has to transfer to public school and gets into trouble when he begins posing as a substitute French teacher on his first day there. Frank runs away when his parents divorce. Needing money, he turns to confidence scams to survive and his cons grow bolder. He impersonates an airline pilot and forges Pan Am payroll checks. Soon, his forgeries are worth millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Carl Hanratty begins tracking Frank. Carl finds Frank at a hotel, but Frank cons Carl into believing he is a Secret Service agent who is also after the fraudster, and escapes before Carl realizes that he was fooled.
Frank’s cons now include impersonating a doctor and a lawyer. As Dr. Frank Conners, he falls in love with Brenda, a naive young hospital worker. He asks Brenda’s attorney father for permission to marry her, and also wants his help with arranging to take the Louisiana State Bar exam, which Frank passes. Carl tracks Frank to his and Brenda’s engagement party, but Frank escapes through a bedroom window minutes before Carl reaches him. Before leaving, Frank asks Brenda to meet him at the Miami airport two days later. At the airport, Frank sees Brenda, but also spots plainclothes agents everywhere and realizes Brenda has betrayed him. Frank then re-assumes his identity as a Pan Am pilot and stages a false recruiting drive for stewardesses at a local college. He recruits eight women as stewardesses, conceals himself from Carl and the other agents walking through the Miami airport with the stewardesses and escapes on a flight to Madrid, Spain.
Carl tracks down Frank in Montrichard, France, his mother’s hometown. Carl arrests Frank and two years later is able to extradite him to the U.S. Prior to landing, Carl informs Frank that Frank Sr. has died. Grief-stricken, Frank escapes from the plane and goes to where his mother and stepfather live. As the police arrive, Frank surrenders after seeing his mother moved on with her life and has a young daughter. He is sentenced to 12 years in a maximum security prison.
Carl occasionally visits him. During one visit, Carl shows Frank a check from a case he is working on, and Frank immediately identifies that the bank teller was involved. Carl then convinces the FBI to allow Frank to serve the remainder of his sentence working for the FBI bank fraud unit. But Frank finds the work tedious and restrictive and misses his former life.
One weekend, he attempts to fly as an airline pilot again. He is intercepted by Carl, who wants Frank to return to the FBI on Monday and assures Frank that no one is chasing him. On the following Monday, Carl grows nervous when Frank has not yet arrived at the office. However, Frank eventually shows up, and they discuss their next case.
The ending credits reveal that Frank is real and has been married for 26 years, has three sons, lives in the Midwest and has maintained a friendship with Carl. He now earns millions of dollars as a bank security expert, has designed secure bank checks and has helped apprehend numerous counterfeiters.