The film, “Catch Me If You Can,” begins in New York during the sixties. The story is set in motion when Frank Abagnale Sr. is denied for a loan due to problems with the IRS and tax Fraud that he committed. Frank Abagnale Sr., wife Paula, and son Frank Abagnale JR. leave their home because they are unable to afford it and move to an undersized apartment. During this time, Paula has an affair with one of Frank Abagnale Sr.’s friends. Due to the affair and financial problems, Frank Abagnale Sr. and Paula divorce. Frank Abagnale Jr. is upset with situation involving his parents. He is distraught with the decision of choosing between his parent and he decides to run away from home.
When Frank Abagnale Jr. begins to run out of cash and he begins to commit check fraud for money. Frank Abagnale Jr.’s cons become more impressive and daring. He begins falsifying payroll checks from airlines and collects millions of dollars in the process. In order not to avoid incarceration, Frank Abagnale begins to move continuously and begins changing his name.
In spite of this, an FBI bank fraud agent, Carl Hanratty, begins to trail Frank Abagnale due to suspicion. Nevertheless, Frank is sharp enough to evade Carl Hanratty. Frank Abagnale tells Carl that his real name is Barry Allen and impersonates a secret service agent. Carl Hanratty feels idiotic for being out smarted by Frank. He tells Frank that he will soon catch up with him. Before long, Carl realizes that Frank is possibly a teenager using the name Barry Allen, which comes from a comic book called Flash.
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Meanwhile, while Frank is in the process of still committing fraud he falls in love with a girl named Brenda. Frank acknowledges his unlawful activities to Brenda and asks her to run away with him to get married. They prepare a plan to meet at the Miami International airport and runaway together. However, when Frank arrives at the airport he becomes aware that there is a trap and when he notices FBI agents. After recognizing the setup, he catches a flight to Europe and escapes capture.
After the airport incident, Carl Hanratty puts in a request with the FBI to go to Europe to track down Frank Abagnale. Carl Hanratty’s boss denies his request. In spite of this, Carl takes several forged checks created by Frank Abagnale to a professional for analyses. The professional informs Carl that these checks came from France. Carl then fly’s to France to attempt to find Frank and him eventually does. Carl Hanratty then convinces Frank to come peacefully and promises to have him extradited to the United States.
Frank returns to the U.S. to find news that his father had passed away. Frank becomes upset and escapes when the plane lands in New York. During the escape, Frank Abagnale goes back to his old home and sees his mother, stepfather, and stepsister. This saddens Frank and he surrenders and goes to prison.
Carl Hanratty begins to see great potential in Frank. Frank Abagnale has a vast knowledge regarding forgery. Carl then acquires the idea to contact the FBI regarding Frank and his abilities. The FBI agrees to let Frank work out his prison term working in the FBI fraud department under Carl’s supervision. Yet, Frank misses the thrill of defrauding and attempts to impersonate a pilot again. However, Carl catches him but then lets him go to make his own decision.
Nonetheless, in the end Frank returns and tells Carl how he passed the Louisiana Bar exam. The final credits of the movie tell about Frank Abagnale’s life today. He is now married and has children. He is living happily with his family in the Midwest. Frank Abagnale and Carl Hanratty remained friends in the end. Today, Frank Abagnale helps catch check forgers and receives millions for his services.
... 2002. This is American biographical crime film based on the life of Frank Abagnale. Leonardo DiCaprio staring as Frank Abagnale Jn. and Tom Hanks as ... Georgia doctor, and Lousiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned ... to him for help in catching other check forgers. While watching this film, you won’t be bored for any minute ...
Many aspects of this film of this film are factual and some however are not. This film comes from the book, “Catch Me If You Can,” that Frank Aganale Jr. co-wrote 23 years ago. (Abagnale) Frank Abagnale explains that not all details in the book and film are completely accurate. Nevertheless, he understands that the publishers are telling a story not writing his biography. “This is one of the reasons that from the very beginning. I insisted the publisher put a disclaimer in the book and tape.”(Abagnale) The movie and film were inspired from actually events.
Frank Abagnale’s parents, Frank Abagnale Sr. and Paulette, do indeed meet while Frank Abagnale Sr. was station with the military. However, his parents do not meet in Montpellier France as depicted in the film. According to Bell, the two actually meet in Oran, Algiers. “The couple had one daughter and three sons including Frank W. Abagnale Jr. who was born on April 27, 1948.”(Bell) Frank is not an only child as the film had conveyed. However, Frank Sr. and Paulette do end up getting divorce.
According to Bell, Frank Jr. was indeed up his parents’ divorce and he does eventually leave home. “Frank left home with a checkbook and $200 in his bank account and set off to New York City.”(Bell) Frank however, did not immediately turn to a life of check fraud and forgery. According to Bell, he did trying working in at a stationer firm using the knowledge he had gain from working for his father. However, he realized that writing bad checks and over drafting his account was a much easier way to come by money. To avoid being caught Frank Abagnale Jr. did indeed change his name and move continuously.
Like the movie, Frank then realized that he would be a lot less suspicious if he were cashing checks, wearing a pilot is uniform. He knew that pilots were more respected and professional. “In an interview with Norman Swan in March 2000, Frank described how he went about acquiring a Pan American uniform and impersonating an airline pilot.”(Bell) Just as in the movie, Frank then began to learn details of the industry and did indeed begin deadheading. “Deadheading was an airline privilege that allows a worker to fly to far-off destinations on other airlines to fulfill specific job requirements elsewhere.”(Bell)
... from comic books and 1940 s action movies as from any film tradition, the movie's mix of high-tech special effects ... Moon (1902), which is probably the earliest movie still widely shown to film students at all levels of sophistication. This ... the Flash Gordon serials, starring Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, and Frank Shannon - these interplanetary adventures, involving space ships, death rays, ...
Another similarity the movie and Frank Abaganle Jr. is the fact that he did indeed impersonate a doctor while staying in Atlanta. “Frank was able to maintain his position as a supervising doctor because he was not expected to actually perform and medical procedures on patients.”(Bell) However, according to Bell, one night a young child was brought in to the hospital and Frank Jr. was asked to assist just as in the movie. “Frank managed the situation, yet it concerned him greatly that he was actually responsible for the lives of people.”(Bell) After that incident, Frank moved on to a different destination.
Just as in the movie Frank Abagnale did indeed pretend to be a lawyer. According to Bell, Frank’s girlfriend at the time introduced him to a lawyer that worked for the Louisiana district attorney. This is similar to the movie however that lawyer was not his girlfriend’s father. The lawyer told Frank about an open position at the attorney generals offices, which interested frank. “Not long after his conversation with the lawyer, Frank made counterfeit transcripts, allegedly from Harvard Law School.”(Bell) This incident is very similar to the films depiction and frank did indeed pass the Louisiana Bar exam. However, according to Bell it was after his third try.