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Catch Me If You Can (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Release Date: May 6 2003
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OWOF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,599 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Dans la veine des Talented Mr. Ripley et autres Héros très discret, Catch Me If You Can est un film d’imposture où les escrocs sont d’autant plus trompeurs qu’ils prennent les allures du gendre parfait. Aussi frais et pétillant qu’une coupe de champagne, ce drame inspiré d’un fait vécu porte également la signature d’une valeur sûre à Hollywood, Steven Spielberg.

Pilote de ligne, médecin, professeur d’université, assistant du procureur : qui est vraiment Frank Abagnale Jr. ? Comment mène-t-il ce train de vie luxueux ? C’est ce que l’inspecteur du FBI Carl Hanratty s’est juré de découvrir.

Volontairement léger, sans mort d’homme, Catch Me If You Can s’aventure dans le registre des escrocs raffinés avec beaucoup de sophistication. Une reconstitution parfaite des années 60 et 70, avec décors et bande-son pimpants et acidulés, sert de cadre à un rapport de force ironique et savoureux entre imposteur (Leonardo DiCaprio) et policier (Tom Hanks). Seuls points faibles : les relations de Frank avec ses parents (Christopher Walken et Nathalie Baye), un tantinet moralisatrices, et les rôles féminins décevants. Mais en multipliant les clins d’œil, notamment à James Bond et Hitchcock, ce film intelligent et rafraîchissant reste charmant, adoptant pour notre plus grand plaisir la forme d’un jeu qui ne se prend jamais au sérieux. --Helen Faradji --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rassool Auckbaraullee on Dec 18 2007
Format: DVD
From the opening credits design we get in the mood of this very entertaining film. They create the tone for what will follow. Steven Spielberg is in rare form directing this movie that doesn't have a dull moment.

Mr. Spielberg has found a perfect actor to fill the shoes of the con man with the perfect casting of Leonardo DiCaprio. It's very easy to see why all the women fall prey of this charmer. He was a fast talker and a slick operator. He exudes charisma to fill another couple of movies.

It's a welcome sight to have Mr. DiCaprio working in a vehicle that shows his talent as Frank Abagnale, a man of many faces. He plays a game of hide-and-seek throughout the movie with Hanratty, the FBI agent that is in his trail. Tom Hanks shows great assurance and gusto with this character. Of course, the DiCaprio magnetism dominates the action with the many ironic twists and the miraculous and narrow escapes he pulls with an aplomb that's bewildering to the Feds, who are on his tail all the time.

The minor roles are equally important. Christopher Walken as the father starts out as the prototype of the con man, but he's too decent to do wrong; his business fails eventually. His marriage to Natalie Baye, the fine French actress, ends in divorce because obviously she hates being married to a loser.

The action doesn't stop for one moment. This film is great fun to watch with the winning combination Mr. Spielberg assured hand gives us this time out. Mr. Spielberg can thank the genial Mr. DiCaprio who responds obviously to his direction and makes this con man endearing even when he is committing crimes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Feb. 20 2008
Format: DVD
Steven Spielberg directed this light hearted "based on a true story"
crime's basically about one young man who assumes several
different identities while forging millions of dollars worth of checks
without the FBI being aware of it.along the way,he poses an a
doctor,lawyer and a commercial pilot.once the FBI does catch on to him
he manges to stay at least one step ahead of them.this movie takes
place in the 60's and in this day and age,a Frank Abagnale would not
likely have been successful in forging checks and/or eluding the
authorities.Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead role of Frank
Abagnale.leading the FBI investigation is Carl Hanratty played by Tom's fun to see the two try to outwit each other,and there are
some close calls for Frank,in which he is moments from being
discovered.just like in The Terminal,Steven Spielberg shows he is just
as skilled with the lighter fare as with the darker subjects he is
known for.for me,Catch Me If You Can is 4.5/5
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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 14 2014
Format: DVD
I purchased this rental of “Catch Me If You Can” (inspired by a true life story) on April 11, 2014 to complement my purchases of two other Leonardo DiCaprio movies (J. Edgar and Aviator). “Catch Me If You Can” is a movie that captures the film interactions of Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks. DiCaprio plays the character of Frank Abagnale, who is listed along to have successfully posed (for a brief time) as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer. Hanks plays the FBI official tasked with going after him. Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, and Martin Sheen are also featured in “Catch Me If You Can.” The following facts are listed at the end of “Catch Me If You Can.”:
Frank Abagnale has been married for 26 years, he has three sons and lives a quiet life in the Midwest. Since his release from prison in 1974, Frank has helped the FBI capture some of the world’s most elusive check forgers, counterfeiters, and is considered one of the world’s top experts on bank fraud and forgery.
Frank has designed many of the secure checks that banks and Fortune 500 companies use every day. For his services, these companies pay Frank Abagnale millions of dollars per year. Frank and Carl (the FBI official who was tasked with pursuing him) remain close friends to this day.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Back in April 2002, Mr. Spielberg and crew came to the town where I was born to shoot some of the scenes of this film (the one in the French village and other prison scenes). It was a cold night with humid wind, and the crowd (those who weren't allowed on set) was freezing and a bit in awe of Spielberg's mastery. The memory sticked with me and it will always do so every time I watch this film.

Not only is the finished result amazing, it is touching, funny, fast-paced at times an utter joy to watch. As Christopher Walken leaves his "bad guy" schtick, he delivers one of his most heartbreaking roles ever. Tom Hanks brings funny moments and DiCaprio rules the entire picture with his best intentions and succeeds in making his character sympathetic to the audience. Lesser actors and directors would have had a hard time making this film, but Spielberg and company seem to make it so effortlessly and the results speak for themselves. At the time, it brought Walken an Academy Award nomination, if memory serves.

Special features are taking the complete 2-disc edition that was available some time ago, and adds nothing more of value, but there was already the usual "Spielberg-features" type of bonus which, in about 90 minutes, are done for... but for the quality you get, compared to what other studios do, you get a good amount for your buck.

12 years later, this film is still among my favorites ever... and will keep on being so. For the memories, for the laughter, for the acting, for the love of cinema.
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