History Film / CatchMeIfYouCan

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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Added DiffLines:

--> '''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.]]
4th Feb '17 4:39:30 PM Mdumas43073
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** Frank turns into a huge ''Film/JamesBond'' fan at the height of his pulling off his Pan Am pilot con game. (At one point early in his career, Spielberg wanted to direct a Bond movie). He even watches part of the hotel scene of ''Goldfinger'' at one point.

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** Frank turns into a huge ''Film/JamesBond'' fan at the height of his pulling off his Pan Am pilot con game. (At one point early in his career, Spielberg wanted to direct a Bond movie). He even watches part of the hotel scene of ''Goldfinger'' ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' at one point.
4th Feb '17 4:35:50 PM Mdumas43073
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* GenreThrowback: The film deliberately apes the late 50s and early 60s sophisticated thriller and crime movie, especially ''Topkapi'', the original ''Ocean's Eleven'', ''Film/{{Charade}}'' and many Creator/AlfredHitchcock movies. The title screens are done in the style of Saul Bass and the ''Pink Panther'' movies, and the score by John Williams is a {{Homage}} to Henry Mancini.

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* GenreThrowback: The film deliberately apes the late 50s and early 60s '50s-early '60s sophisticated thriller and crime movie, movie genre, especially ''Topkapi'', ''Film/{{Topkapi}}'', the original ''Ocean's Eleven'', ''Film/{{Charade}}'' ''Film/OceansEleven'', ''Film/{{Charade}}'', and many Creator/AlfredHitchcock movies. The title screens are done in the style of Saul Bass and the ''Pink Panther'' ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' movies, and the score by John Williams Music/JohnWilliams is a an {{Homage}} to Henry Mancini.Music/HenryMancini.
4th Feb '17 4:30:58 PM Mdumas43073
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Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio stars as Frank Jr., with Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr. Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank, with Creator/MartinSheen appearing as her father. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.

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Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio stars as Frank Jr., with Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr. Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank, with Creator/MartinSheen appearing as her father. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, an early role as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.
4th Feb '17 4:30:27 PM Mdumas43073
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Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio stars as Frank Jr., with Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr. Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.

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Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio stars as Frank Jr., with Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr. Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank.Frank, with Creator/MartinSheen appearing as her father. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.
4th Feb '17 4:29:15 PM Mdumas43073
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Frank Abagnale Jr. is a teenaged boy in 1960s New York whose humdrum life is disturbed when his father goes bankrupt and his parents divorce. Frank, who already showed a talent for mimicry, embarks on a new life as a teenaged con artist. He managed to pass himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer while he was still too young to drink. It stars Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, as Frank Jr., Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr.

Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.

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Frank Abagnale Jr. is a teenaged boy in 1960s New York whose humdrum life is disturbed when his father goes bankrupt and his parents divorce. Frank, who has already showed shown a talent for mimicry, embarks on a new life as a teenaged [[ConMan con artist. He managed to pass artist]], passing himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer while he was he's still too young to drink. It stars Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, as Frank Jr., Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr.drink.

Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio stars as Frank Jr., with Creator/TomHanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who is chasing Frank, and Creator/ChristopherWalken as Frank Sr. Creator/AmyAdams has one of her first big film roles as a young volunteer nurse who gets engaged to Frank. Creator/ElizabethBanks also has one of her first big film roles, as a bank teller whom Frank pumps for info about how banks handle checks. Creator/JenniferGarner appears in one scene as a HighClassCallGirl who is conned by Frank.
4th Feb '17 4:04:36 PM Mdumas43073
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* AnachronicOrder: The film skips around quite a bit. The movie starts with a clip of a reformed Frank on "To Tell the Truth", then skips back several years to a sequence with Agent Hanratty coming to interview Frank in a brutal French prison. It then skips back several more years to the beginning to start the main narrative about Frank and his life of crime. As the main plot unspools the film periodically skips forward to show Carl bringing Frank back to the United States.

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* AnachronicOrder: The film skips around quite a bit. The movie starts with a clip of a reformed Frank appearing on "To Tell the Truth", ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'', then skips back several years to a sequence with Agent Hanratty coming to interview Frank in a brutal French prison. It then skips back several more years to the beginning to start the main narrative about Frank and his life of crime. As the main plot unspools the film periodically skips forward to show Carl bringing Frank back to the United States.
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