March 14, 2003 in Entertainment

Catch Me If You Can

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I suppose I had a premonition that Michigan was going to loose in the first round of Big Ten Basketball Tournament, so I didn’t even go to Duffy’s to watch the game. Instead I went to movies to see: Catch Me If You Can. The film “tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, the youngest man to make the FBI’s most-wanted list for forgery.” Leonardo DiCaprio turns in a good performance playing the Frank character. Also, Tom Hank convincingly portrays the role of FBI agent chasing Frank. But I’m trying to figure out why Christopher Walken got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for playing Frank’s father. Don’t get me wrong, he did a fine job. But in a year with such great films and outstanding performances, hard to believe that there was not someone more deserving of that nomination. Walken’s role/performance was simply not Oscar worthy.


  1. March 15, 2003 at 3:41 pm


    I did like the opening credit sequence as it did make me think of Pink Panther. Very cool!

  2. March 15, 2003 at 1:31 pm

    Leigh Hanlon

    I also agree with you re Christopher Walken. He’s one of my favorite actors, but I didn’t think this role was anything special for him. I’d like to read the book. It seems to be that the father would have had to have taught the kid a lot more about being a con man than was shown in the film.

  3. March 15, 2003 at 12:29 am

    Leigh Hanlon

    By the way, near the end when DiCaprio escapes from the airliner, we briefly see a glimpse of him running past a huge jet engine, a type of which didn’t exist in that period. Otherwise, the timeframe references look pretty good.

  4. March 15, 2003 at 12:27 am

    Leigh Hanlon

    Didn’t you love the title sequence in “Catch Me If You Can”? I’m old enough to compare it favorably with great credits sequences like “Around the World in 80 Days,” “The Pink Panther” and “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

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