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Spielberg's lightweight, entertaining, but overly lengthy flick follows the exploits of Frank Abagnale Jr. (DiCaprio), who, starting at age 16, eluded the FBI (in the person of Carl Hanratty, played by Hanks) while passing bad checks in the guise of airline pilot, doctor, lawyer, and college professor in the early '60s. Frank's journey starts when his perfect suburban life is turned upside-down by the divorce of his parents and his dad's (Walken) trouble with the IRS. DiCaprio is chameleon-like in his portrayal of Frank, as befits the role, but takes it further by looking every age he's supposed to be. Hanks make the most of what could've been a thankless role as Frank's workaholic pursuer/father figure, but Walken stands out as the broken father who, with more chutzpah and luck, might've been what Junior became. Based on the real Frank Abagnale, Jr's memoirs.

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Available on Running time 140 minutes. Originally from United States.

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Genres
True Crime, Not-So-True Identity, Scams, Stings & Cons, Teen Angst, Bad Dads, FBI, Period Piece: 1960s, Period Piece: 1970s, Flashback, Men in Prison, France, Divorce, Strained Suburbia, Director/Star Teams: Spielberg & Hanks
Screenplay
Jeff Nathanson
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Nathalie Baye, Martin Sheen, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Jennifer Garner, Frank John Hughes, Steve Eastin, Chris Ellis, John Finn, Brian Howe
Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski
Director
Steven Spielberg
Music
John Williams
Other
Ronald Judkins, Michael Kahn, Mary Zophres, Jeannine Oppewall
Producer
Steven Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes, Amblin Entertainment, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures

Awards

British Acad. 2002: Support. Actor (Walken); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2002: Support. Actor (Walken); Screen Actors Guild 2002: Support. Actor (Walken).

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Nicholle

This movie is crazy! To think someone can totally change their proffesion and identity multiple times and forge their paychecks is outrageous! Especially to know that this is based on true events. I wouldn't to be able to even come close to coming up with everything this guy has done. He was a very intelligent and stupid man. He got away with his trick for a while, but people seem to always get caught no matter what happens. The law will find you so watch out!