Catch Me If You Can

Synopsis: New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son.
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 41 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
141 min

by the presence

of Mayor Robert Wagner...

...and our club president,

Jack Barnes.

Most of all, I'm honored to see

my loving wife Paula...

...and my son, Frank Jr...

Frank... Aw, stand up.

Come on...

...sitting in the front row.

Two little mice fell

in a bucket of cream.

The first mouse quickly gave up

and drowned.

The second mouse...

wouldn't quit.

He struggled so hard

that eventually he churned

that cream into butter

and crawled out.

Gentlemen, as of this moment,

I am that second mouse.

You're a better dancer

than your father, Frankie.

You hear that, Daddy?

Like fun.

The girls don't know

what they're in for.

show him the dance

you were doing when we met.

Ah, who can remember?

The people

in that little French village

were so happy to see Americans

they decided

to put on a show for us.

so they crammed 200 soldiers...

Yeah, we know the story, Daddy.

...into that tiny social hall

and the first person

to walk onstage

is your mother,

and she starts to dance.

You know, it had been months

since we'd even seen a woman

and here's this blonde angel.

Blonde bombshell.

And the men are literally

holding their breath.

Holding their breath for you.

You hear that?


And I turned to my buddies

and I said...

"I will not leave France

without her."

And I didn't.

You didn't.

I didn't.

Oh, sh*t! Oh, sh*t, the rug!

Aw, Mom...

I can't believe I did that.

No, no, it's nothing.

It's nothing.

Oh, Frankie, Frankie,

get a towel.

- Yeah, yeah.

- Paula...

Come on.

My sweet embraceable you...

Dance with me, Paula.


Whenever I dance for you

I get in trouble.

Watch this.


Frank! Wake up.

Come on, let's go!

Get up. Come on, come on.

Frank, wake up.


You don't have to go

to school today.

It's okay.

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Jeff Nathanson

Jeff Nathanson was born on October 12, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Catch Me If You Can (2002), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and The Terminal (2004). more…

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