Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson the film is based on the life of Frank Abagnale who before his 19th birthday successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot a Georgia doctor and a Louisiana parish prosecutor his primary crime was check fraud; he became so experienced that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other checking forgers the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks with Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles.


In 1963 teenaged Frank Abagnale lives in New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale Sr and French mother Paula when Frank Sr is denied a business loan at Chase Manhattan Bank due to unknown difficulties with the IRS the family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment Paula carries on an affair with Jack a friend of her husband meanwhile Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class Frank's parents file for divorce and Frank runs away when he runs out of money he begins relying on confidence scams to get by soon Frank's cons increase and he even impersonates an airline pilot he forges Pan Am payroll checks and succeeds in stealing over $2.8 million.


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