Top 18 Catch Me If You Can Movie Details

While searching the internet for Catch Me If You Can movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

In "Catch Me If You Can", Carl Hanratty is so nervous he shows a maid the Back of his FBI badge.
In "Catch Me If You Can", Carl Hanratty is so nervous he shows a maid the Back of his FBI badge.

Just before the Feds pursue Frank in his hotel room, Hanratty orders his agents to wait outside, saying "just keep your eyes open, do your job and I'll buy you both a Good Humor Bar." After Franks escapes, back at the FBI headquarters, both agents are eating good humor bars.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The real Frank Abagnale makes an ironic cameo as his arresting officer
    The real Frank Abagnale makes an ironic cameo as his arresting officer
  • 1 - The policeman who arrests Di Caprio is the real Frank Abagnale, played by Leo in the film.
    The policeman who arrests Di Caprio is the real Frank Abagnale, played by Leo in the film.
  • 1 - In the tailor scene in Catch Me If You Can (2002), Frank is trying on suits in a tailor shop in order to look like James Bond after seeing GoldFinger. The tailor in this scene mentions the fraudulent name he uses to pay for the suit, Fleming, which is a reference to James Bond's author Ian Fleming.
    In the tailor scene in Catch Me If You Can (2002), Frank is trying on suits in a tailor shop in order to look like James Bond after seeing GoldFinger. The tailor in this scene mentions the fraudulent name he uses to pay for the suit, Fleming, which is a reference to James Bond's author Ian Fleming.
  • 1 - The blackboard that Hanratty is writing on at the end of the movie contains a small note at the bottom that says, "Steven and Tom's 4th project". CMIYC being Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' 4th movie together (Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, and Joe Versus The Volcano)
    The blackboard that Hanratty is writing on at the end of the movie contains a small note at the bottom that says, "Steven and Tom's 4th project". CMIYC being Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' 4th movie together (Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, and Joe Versus The Volcano)
  • When Handratty arrives at Frank's room when he's about to escape with the suitcases full of money, money floats from underneath the door; which is an homage to the "floating feather" in Hanks' most popular film, Forrest Gump (1994).

Hidden Details

1 - A shot of Martin Sheen's character looming over Frank Abagnale is an homage to a shot from Citizen Kane (1941)
A shot of Martin Sheen's character looming over Frank Abagnale is an homage to a shot from Citizen Kane (1941)
1 - Frank Abagnale Jr. is seen with the Flash comic books on his nightstand before using his Alias Barry Allen, which was later discovered by the police to be where he got the name.
Frank Abagnale Jr. is seen with the Flash comic books on his nightstand before using his Alias Barry Allen, which was later discovered by the police to be where he got the name.

Frank tells Carl they are landing on runway 44 at LaGuardia. Runway numbers only go up to 36 which he would have know had he been an actual airline pilot.

1 - When nurse Brenda walks in the room, you can see that Frank was busy forging another check with his typewriter.
When nurse Brenda walks in the room, you can see that Frank was busy forging another check with his typewriter.
1 - Leonardo DiCaprio's character is shown waking up next to a pile of The Flash comics. Later, when impersonating a member of the Secret Service, he says that his name is Barry Allen, the alter ego of The Flash.
Leonardo DiCaprio's character is shown waking up next to a pile of The Flash comics. Later, when impersonating a member of the Secret Service, he says that his name is Barry Allen, the alter ego of The Flash.
1 - When Frank Abagnale is getting fitted for his James Bond suit in Catch Me If You Can (2002), he's addressed under the pseudonym of "Mr. Fleming." This is in reference to Ian Fleming, the author of the original James Bond novels.
When Frank Abagnale is getting fitted for his James Bond suit in Catch Me If You Can (2002), he's addressed under the pseudonym of "Mr. Fleming." This is in reference to Ian Fleming, the author of the original James Bond novels.

When Frank is cornered in his hotel room, he introduces himself to the FBI agent as a US Secret Service agent named Barry Allen, the Flash's alter ego.

After negotiating to pay Cheryl $1000 to spend an evening with her, Frank states that he only has a cashiers cheque for $1400 prompting her to give him $400 change. A moment earlier he can be seen flipping past a $1000 cashier cheque to find the $1400 one.

1 - At the start of the movie the word "me" was washed/blurred to indicate Frank's indefinite identity.
At the start of the movie the word "me" was washed/blurred to indicate Frank's indefinite identity.

: 2 scenes, same date, 2 different Leo's? (Explanation in Comments)

Catch Me If You Can poster
Catch Me If You Can poster

Catch Me If You Can Plot: A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Catch Me If You Can, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Catch Me If You Can and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Steven Spielberg
Main Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen
IMDB score 8.1