Tom Hanks Archives
Catch Me If You Can

Character: Carl Hanratty
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Jeff Nathanson
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes
Other cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Candice Azzara, Nathalie Baye, James Brolin
Release date: December 25, 2002
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Running time: 2h 21min

Frank Abagnale, Jr. worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline -- all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame: At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him.


→ The true story of a real fake.
→ Frank didn’t go to flight school…Frank didn’t go to medical school…Frank didn’t go to law school…because Frank’s still in high school!
→ Catch them this christmas
→ The true story of an ingenious deception.


♦ Tom Hanks’s character, Carl Hanratty, was made up for the movie. He is actually an amalgam of several agents who pursued Frank.

Character’s Quotes

• He’s a kid. Our unsub is a kid. That’s why we couldn’t match his prints. That’s why he doesn’t have a record. Now, I want you to contact the NYPD for every all-points juvenile runaways in New York City. And don’t forget the airports. He’s been kiting checks all over the country.