History Film / CatchMeIfYouCan

14th May '16 10:54:21 PM JulianLapostat
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* GenreThrowback: The film deliberately apes the late 50s and early 60s sophisticated thriller and crime movie, especially ''Topkapi'', the orignal ''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.
14th May '16 6:49:13 PM wittylibrarian
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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.]]

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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.]]



* CriminalMindGames: Played with, as Frank calls Hanratty yearly at Christmas; not to taunt him, but because of crushing loneliness. Also inverted as Hanratty actually uses these calls to taunt him about eventually catching up to him ("I'm getting close, aren't I?")

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* CriminalMindGames: Played with, as Frank calls Hanratty yearly at Christmas; not to taunt him, but because of crushing loneliness. Also inverted as Hanratty actually uses these calls to taunt him ''him'' about eventually catching up to him ("I'm getting close, aren't I?")
21st Mar '16 10:23:27 PM HarryLovesHermione
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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 in custody. 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.]]

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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 in custody.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.]]
21st Mar '16 10:22:57 PM HarryLovesHermione
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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 in custody. 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.]]
11th Feb '16 6:00:06 PM Tommoraptor
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* KickTheDog: When Frank calls Hanratty in one scene to apologise, Hanratty (in a somewhat [[Jerkass]] move) tauntingly comments how Frank not only called to apologise but "because you have no one else to call" and laughs.

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* KickTheDog: When Frank calls Hanratty in one scene to apologise, Hanratty (in a somewhat [[Jerkass]] move) tauntingly comments how Frank not only called to apologise but "because you have no one else to call" and laughs.
11th Feb '16 5:58:21 PM Tommoraptor
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* KickTheDog: When Frank calls Hanratty in one scene to apologise, Hanratty (in a somewhat [[Jerkass]] move) tauntingly comments how Frank not only called to apologise but "because you have no one else to call" and laughs.
30th Jan '16 6:33:04 PM maxwellsilver
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* DeathByFallingDown: Frank is devastated to learn his father died after falling down a flight of stairs in Grand Central Station.

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* DeathByFallingDown: DeathByFallingOver: Frank is devastated to learn his father died after falling down a flight of stairs in Grand Central Station.
30th Jan '16 6:28:35 PM maxwellsilver
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* ArtisticTitle: See {{Pastiche}} below.
** ArtisticLicenseGunSafety / ValuesDissonance: Carl walks through a hotel with his gun up, finger on the trigger, and even sweeps it across a civilian. Other agents are similarly cavilier. This is, of course, set before many modern firearms practices were even established. In fact, the agents don't even use both hands.

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* ArtisticTitle: See {{Pastiche}} below.
** ArtisticLicenseGunSafety / ValuesDissonance:
ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Carl walks through a hotel with his gun up, finger on the trigger, and even sweeps it across a civilian. Other agents are similarly cavilier. This is, of course, set before many modern firearms practices were even established. In fact, most of the agents don't even use both hands.hands (Carl does use the modern Weaver stance a few times, which was developed in the 50s but not common until the 70s).



* DawsonCasting: Frank ages from 16 to his early twenties over the course of the film; he was played by a 27-year-old LeonardoDiCaprio. Justified in that the real Frank Abagnale looked older than his age, which was how he got away with many of his scams. And that's invoked in-movie; Hanratty's initial profiling of Abagnale after their first encounter includes being age 26 -- 30.

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* DawsonCasting: DeathByFallingDown: Frank ages from 16 is devastated to learn his early twenties over the course of the film; he was played by a 27-year-old LeonardoDiCaprio. Justified in that the real Frank Abagnale looked older than his age, which was how he got away with many of his scams. And that's invoked in-movie; Hanratty's initial profiling of Abagnale father died after their first encounter includes being age 26 -- 30.falling down a flight of stairs in Grand Central Station.



* OneOfUs: Abagnale. Evidenced from his aliases which were based on comic book characters.
29th Nov '15 1:07:32 PM BobSaget9
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29th Nov '15 1:03:39 PM BobSaget9
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* CassandraTruth: Carl refuses to believe that Frank passed the bar exam in Louisiana after studying for two weeks.
** The real Frank Abagnale says he passed legitimately at the third attempt after 16 weeks of studying. A loophole at the time allowed a person to re-sit the exam three times, and their marked exam papers were returned, so essentially they only had to correct the answers they got wrong.

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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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Carl refuses to believe that Frank passed the bar exam in Louisiana after studying for two weeks.
** *** The real Frank Abagnale says he passed legitimately at the third attempt after 16 weeks of studying. A loophole at the time allowed a person to re-sit the exam three times, and their marked exam papers were returned, so essentially they only had to correct the answers they got wrong.
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