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Edition No. 88

Date:- 28 February 2003

Film review:- Catch Me If You Can

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THE film is one of the best life stories placed on to celluloid in a long time.  Based on a book made by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding, this is a very entertaining and well crafted film.  Steven Spielberg, once again proves he is the king of the movies.  Leonardo Di Caprio plays a fantastic role and the back up of a staggeringly high amount of background research, he quickly draw you in to a world of a young lad who is less than what he seams.  This is a world of loneliness and pretence.  The story is simple, it is set around Frank Abagnale Jr, who possibly the best and now one of the most well known and respected con artists of all time.   The film tells you why and who he set about living the life style that he found him self in.  You see him pass himself off as several identities and the FBI agent hot on his trail.    It deals with serious issues of marriage brake up, debt, love and lowliness and is more than just a life story.   It will make you laugh, but also it will make you feel very uneasy.  This film is a good four stars. 

Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale Jr., aka Frank Conners/Frank Conrad, Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, Christopher Walken as Frank Abagnale, Martin Sheen as Roger Strong, Nathalie Baye as Paula Abagnale, Amy Adams as Brenda Strong, James Brolin as Jack Barnes, Brian Howe as Earl Amdursky, Frank John Hughes as Tom Fox, Steve Eastin as Paul Morgan, Chris Ellis as Special Agent Witkins, John Finn as Assistant Director Marsh, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy, Nancy Lenehan as Carol Strong & Ellen Pompeo as Marci.

  • Running Time:- 141 mins

  • Directed by:- Steven Spielberg

Film Review by Patrick Trollope

Film Age Rating In The UK:-  

Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars:-

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