December 18th, 2013: Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can

Cast and Crew:  Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, James Brolin, Ellen Pompeo, Amy Acker

What It’s About:  The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo Di Caprio), the successful con artist and forger who posed as a Pan Am pilot, lawyer and doctor-all before his 19th birthday.

Why Watch it Today?: Steven Spielberg turns 67 today.  As someone who adores Spielberg’s early work but doesn’t always love his later films, Catch Me If You Can surprised me, delivering a stylish take on a fantastic story with an excellent cast and a great John Williams score.

Other Choices:  How about one of Spielberg’s insanely influential blockbusters, such as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Saving Private Ryan? If you’re looking for a Spielberg film you may have missed, how about 1941, one of Spielberg’s most infamous misses or Empire of the Sun, Spielberg’s tale of a boy lost in Singapore during World War Two?

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4 comments on “December 18th, 2013: Catch Me If You Can (2002)

  1. geelw says:

    Yeah, we’re on the same page here. I didn’t think I’d like this for a few reasons (I’m not a big DiCaprio fan and this seemed from the trailer to be not my cuppa tea). But I was nicely surprised.

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I didn’t expect the stuff between DiCaprio and Walken at all and Hanks/DiCaprio played very, very well off each other.

  2. theelderj says:

    This movie is really very good–one of those handful of movies that makes me remember why DiCaprio is a star (the howard hughes movie also really surprised me).

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