History Film / CatchMeIfYouCan

18th Sep '17 8:04:16 PM Premonition45
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* {{Determinator}}: Carl Hanratty naturally. He tracks Frak even in France!.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Due to the time period, no one comments on the fact that [[spoiler:Frank by seducing older women could have gotten them in trouble on charges of statutory rape, since he only turns nineteen at the end of the movie.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Carl Hanratty naturally. He tracks Frak Frank even in France!.France!
17th Sep '17 1:45:12 PM Robbyn
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* CassandraTruth: Sorry Carl, Frank ''was'' at the Stuyvesant Arms, room 3113. Not so sure about Las Vegas, though...

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
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Sorry Carl, Frank ''was'' at the Stuyvesant Arms, room 3113. Not so sure about Las Vegas, though...



* {{Determinator}}: Carl Hanratty naturally. He tracks Frak even in France!.



* DoctorDoctorDoctor: when Frank pretends to be a doctor.

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* DoctorDoctorDoctor: when When Frank pretends to be a doctor.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Brenda after Frank had to leave her behind?

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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What happened to Brenda after Frank had to leave her behind?
17th Sep '17 1:37:59 PM Robbyn
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** When Frank first meets Hanratty, he is masquerading as law enforcement officer "Barry Allen", the alter ego of comic book superhero Franchise/TheFlash.
9th Sep '17 2:56:04 AM ShiroAkuma
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* YoungerThanTheyLook: A key factor in how Abagnale was able to pull of his scams.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: A key factor in how Abagnale was able to pull of off his scams.
9th Sep '17 2:53:01 AM ShiroAkuma
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* JustifiedCriminal: Frank starts out his career of conning people and counterfeiting checks after running away from home and trying to support himself. He gets less sympathetic as his crimes and the amount of money he has stolen increase, but he remains likeable as a develish rogue who outsmarts his enemies with sheer brains and bravado, and also scores points for tiring of his life as a criminal.

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* JustifiedCriminal: Frank starts out his career of conning people and counterfeiting checks after running away from home and trying to support himself. He gets less sympathetic as his crimes and the amount of money he has stolen increase, but he remains likeable as a develish devllish rogue who outsmarts his enemies with sheer brains and bravado, and also scores points for tiring of his life as a criminal.
17th Aug '17 12:43:41 PM KidDynamite
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*** In real life, this was part of Frank's undoing, as the girl gave the FBI a description of what he looked like. Prior to that, the FBI thought they were looking for someone older.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Besides throwing in the FreudianExcuse for Frank becoming a con-artist and counterfeiter, many details from Frank Abagnale Jr.'s life were altered or added in the film.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Besides throwing in the FreudianExcuse for Frank becoming a con-artist and counterfeiter, many details from Frank Abagnale Jr.'s life were altered or added in the film. Frank himself has said the movie was "about 80% accurate".
14th May '17 10:32:16 AM axle-k89
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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Before the plane touches down at LaGuardia, Hanratty looks very uncomfortable after Frank tells him he wants to call his father. Moments later, he reveals to Frank that his father is dead. What makes this worse is that earlier he had made out that Abagnale Sr. was still alive. The truth is that he didn't want to break the sad news to Frank until they were closer to home.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Before the plane touches down at LaGuardia, [=LaGuardia=], Hanratty looks very uncomfortable after Frank tells him he wants to call his father. Moments later, he reveals to Frank that his father is dead. What makes this worse is that earlier he had made out that Abagnale Sr. was still alive. The truth is that he didn't want to break the sad news to Frank until they were closer to home.
14th May '17 10:31:04 AM axle-k89
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* AdaptedOut: As seen under VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, Frank is an only child in the film. In real life, he was one of four children (he had two brothers and a sister).



* BathroomBreakout: [[spoiler:Frank escapes from a plane extraditing him back to the United States by unscrewing the toilet and escaping into the luggage area.]]



* DidNotGetTheGirl: Frank falls in love with Brenda, becomes engaged to her and wants her to run away with him, but before they can, Frank notices FBI agents waiting to catch him and he is forced to leave her behind.



* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Before the plane touches down at LaGuardia, Hanratty looks very uncomfortable after Frank tells him he wants to call his father. Moments later, he reveals to Frank that his father is dead. What makes this worse is that earlier he had made out that Abagnale Sr. was still alive. The truth is that he didn't want to break the sad news to Frank until they were closer to home.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The opening title sequence foreshadows several events that happen later in the film. For example, how Frank is still in school when he decides to impersonate a pilot (and that happens after he sees some flight attendants), that Carl starts following and investigating him around this time, how Frank first evades Carl, that Frank poses as a doctor and meets Brenda after a pool party, but that he has to leave her behind due to Carl still being on his tail.



* IHaveNoSon: Brenda's parents disowned her after she had an abortion two years before she met Frank. This is averted after Frank is introduced to them.



* ManlyTears: After being told by Carl that his father had died, Frank shuts himself in the bathroom and breaks down sobbing. This was after Carl had implied Abagnale Sr. was still alive, but he didn't want to say anything until they were closer to home.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to those eight girls that Frank picked for the "Pan Am internship"?

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* VomitDiscretionShot: Happens when Frank is visibly sickened by the sight of the boy's broken leg in hospital, and throws up in the janitor's closet after leaving the emergency room.
* WhamLine: "Frank, your father is dead."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Brenda after Frank had to leave her behind?
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What happened to those eight girls that Frank picked for the "Pan Am internship"?
26th Apr '17 10:09:01 PM ASCE
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--> '''Frank:''' People only know what you tell them.
13th Apr '17 2:04:59 PM xcountryguy
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking / ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Frank confesses to Brenda he's not a doctor, lawyer, or a Lutheran and he's actually a young run-away; her response- "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint You're not a Lutheran]]?"

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking / ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Frank confesses to Brenda he's not a doctor, lawyer, or a Lutheran and he's actually a young run-away; her response- "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint You're not a Lutheran]]?"



** Hanratty [[spoiler: cons Frank into handcuffing himself into custody, bluffing that the French police were lying in wait ready to shoot if Frank did not come out captured. Frank actually sees through Carl's ruse at first -- even sniffing out Carl having someone call the factory to keep the charade that the police chief was outside -- but is eventually persuaded by Carl. When they get outside to an empty street, Frank compliments Hanratty on fooling him. Subverted in that police cars do swarm in immediately afterward, clearly waiting to see Hanratty holding him in custody.]]

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** Hanratty [[spoiler: cons [[spoiler:cons Frank into handcuffing himself into custody, bluffing that the French police were lying in wait ready to shoot if Frank did not come out captured. Frank actually sees through Carl's ruse at first -- even sniffing out Carl having someone call the factory to keep the charade that the police chief was outside -- but is eventually persuaded by Carl. When they get outside to an empty street, Frank compliments Hanratty on fooling him. Subverted in that police cars do swarm in immediately afterward, clearly waiting to see Hanratty holding him in custody.]]



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted with [[spoiler: Brenda]]. In the scene where she reveals her history, she goes from merely winsome to tragic, and is played as a sweet, brokenhearted girl who is still paying for a terrible injury in her past. Her greatest penalty is that her parents, after they arranged for her procedure, [[IHaveNoSon disowned her.]]

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted with [[spoiler: Brenda]].[[spoiler:Brenda]]. In the scene where she reveals her history, she goes from merely winsome to tragic, and is played as a sweet, brokenhearted girl who is still paying for a terrible injury in her past. Her greatest penalty is that her parents, after they arranged for her procedure, [[IHaveNoSon disowned her.]]



* HighSchoolHustler --> ConMan: Goes from pretending to be a teacher to get back at some bullies at his school to conning millions of dollars.

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* HighSchoolHustler --> ConMan: HighSchoolHustler: Goes from pretending to be a teacher to get back at some bullies at his school to conning millions of dollars.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: From the moment he runs away, Frank's driving force is to rebuild his happy family. He finally realizes that he can never have that again when [[spoiler: he learns is father has died, and his mother has moved on with a new family. He finally stops running and allows Carl to take him in without a fight.]]

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: From the moment he runs away, Frank's driving force is to rebuild his happy family. He finally realizes that he can never have that again when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he learns is father has died, and his mother has moved on with a new family. He finally stops running and allows Carl to take him in without a fight.]]
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