History Film / CatchMeIfYouCan

3rd Nov '17 2:12:39 PM jamespolk
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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: One specific example. Most of the film is actually VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, with the details from Abagnale's memoir heavily fictionalized for RuleOfDrama and RuleOfCool (see VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory below). Frank's escape from an airplane by wriggling through the toilet, however, is rendered almost exactly as Abagnale describes it in his book. The only problem is that the scene as Abagnale describes it couldn't have happened. The septic tank on airplanes does not detour into the luggage area. It simply is not possible to climb out of an airplane toilet in that way.



** He didn't escape from the plane they way they show it in the film. For one thing the septic tank on aeroplanes rarely detours into the luggage area. That scene is based on the real Frank's memoir in which he claims to have done exactly that (escaped out an aeroplane toilet), but his memoir was VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory as well, as it simply is not possible to climb out of an airplane toilet in that way.
3rd Nov '17 2:01:05 PM jamespolk
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** 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.]]
26th Oct '17 10:55:28 AM Aurelian
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* RealityEnsues: After travelling around Europe and America committing large scale check fraud, Frank is eventually caught and thrown into a French HellHolePrison. He gets an IToldYouSo from Hanratty.
24th Oct '17 2:31:54 AM SuperEquality07
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17th Oct '17 7:11:37 AM hullflyer
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* EurekaMoment: When Frank first meets Hanratty, he is masquerading as law enforcement officer "Barry Allen." Later, a kid points out that "Barry Allen" is the alter ego of comic book superhero Franchise/TheFlash, which makes Hanratty realizes that Frank, despite his looks, is just a kid himself.

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* EurekaMoment: When Frank first meets Hanratty, he is masquerading as law enforcement officer "Barry Allen." Later, a kid points out that "Barry Allen" is the alter ego of comic book superhero Franchise/TheFlash, which makes Hanratty realizes realize that Frank, despite his looks, is just a kid himself.
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.
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