英文片名： Catch Me if You Can
導演：史蒂芬史匹伯 Steven Spielberg(人工智慧、關鍵報告)
編劇：傑夫納森 Jeff Nathanson(捍衛戰警2、尖峰時刻2)
演員：李奧納多狄卡皮歐 Leonardo DiCaprio(紐約黑幫)、湯姆漢克斯 Tom Hanks(非法正義)、馬丁辛(白宮風雲影集)、克里斯多福華肯 Christopher Walken(斷頭谷)、珍妮佛葛娜 Jennifer Garner(夜魔俠)、法蘭克約翰霍華 Frank John Hughes(諾曼地大空降)
製片預算 / 全美票房：5200萬 / 1億6332萬
劇情簡介：根據Frank Abagnale(李奧納多狄卡皮歐)生平真實故事改編，他是史上最年輕被列名FBI頭號通緝犯者，曾佯裝成醫生、律師、駕駛員等，一生盜取上百萬財產於26個國家境內，一度被緝捕歸案卻成功脫逃。最後他成為FBI的得力顧問，專長白領階級犯案。(9 01)="" 30="" />
小法蘭克艾巴納出生於1948年，是當今知名的冒牌貨，有以他為題材的暢銷書與賣座電影問世。他也代表了一種另類的美國夢 ─ 鄉下男孩功成名就（雖然他出名的是犯罪，後來改邪歸正）。
Leonardo DiCaprio in the new Steven Spielberg film, <i>Catch Me If You Can</i> in which Tom Hanks also stars. However, the book by the same name -- on which it's based -- penned by Abagnale and Stan Redding, was released in 1980 and was a huge bestseller within weeks. It was recently re-released in light of the upcoming film.
法蘭克的犯罪事業剛開始很不起眼，他來到一家銀行開戶。因為他是新客戶，必須使用櫃檯上一般的存款單，這時候他靈機一動 ─ 如果…（又是這兩個字了 ─ 英語這種語言中最迷人的字眼）他把他的帳號用磁性墨水寫在其他存款單上，然後放回櫃檯，會怎麼樣呢？
Frank Abagnale: From Fraud To FBI
Ask any audience member of the hugely popular Spielberg film <i>Catch Me If You Can</i>, and they will probably admit that they were rooting for the young con artist. Although he was a criminal, Frank Abagnale was also a teenager who was simply too smart for his own good.
Born in 1948, Frank W. Abagnale was always a creative child. For example, he would buy items on his father's credit card only to sell them back for the cash. But his real life of crime began when his parents divorced. A judge wanted him to choose between living with his mother or father and that was a decision he wasn't able to make. He ran away and never looked back.
Because he was only 16 years old, work was hard to come by in New York, the city he had escaped to. Luckily for him, he was six feet tall and his hair had begun to turn gray; he looked older than he really was. He changed a number on his driver's license -- from a "4" to a "3" -- and all of a sudden he was ten years older.
Having acquired a small amount of money, he went into a bank to open an account. That's when he was first introduced to banking operation procedures. Being a new client, he had to use generic deposit slips available on the counter, and that's when he got the idea: What if he printed his account number in magnetic ink on a bunch of deposit slips and returned them to the counter? Tempted to see what would happen with a scheme like that, he did it on impulse. The result was that every time someone made a deposit using these slips, the money was being dumped into Abagnale's own account. By the time the bank discovered the system, Abagnale had made over $40,000 and already changed his identity.
Abagnale's most famous stunt was impersonating a Pan Am pilot for two years. At first, he did it so he could travel around the world for free. Only, the young man had no idea how to fly. He would simply introduce himself at the TWA counter saying he needed a ride and got to fly back using the jumpseat. Everything, food and lodging, was billed to Pan Am.
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As far as credentials went, all he needed was a uniform and an identification card. For the former, he simply contacted the airline headquarters and made up a story about how he promptly needed a uniform and they outlined the course of action for him. For the ID, he located a company specializing in this trade, requested a sample with his name and picture, and used decals from a toy plane model to give authenticity to the card. He became known as "The Skywayman."
In the same spirit, he forged a Harvard Law diploma, managed to pass the Bar exam, and got himself a job in a state attorney general's office. Impersonating a pediatrician, he became the temporary resident supervisor at a Georgia hospital. He also taught sociology at Brigham Young for a semester (thanks to a false Columbia University degree), and masqueraded as a stockbroker and an FBI agent. The best part of all was that he didn't even have a high-school diploma!
Assuming the identities of Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, Abagnale managed to forge and cash paychecks for an amount of $2.5 million. This money was used to support his lifestyle, which in turn was designed to make him seem more favorable with the ladies. An opportunist, he claims that he didn't have any malicious intentions while perpetrating his crimes.
Before long, he had defrauded people in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries. Warrants were issued for his arrest all over the world. After five years of these hijinks, the law finally caught up with Frank Abagnale. At the age of 21, an Air France flight attendant recognized him from a wanted poster and the French authorities arrested him.
He served a total of five years in prison in France, Sweden and finally the United States, where he was sentenced to 12 years. In 1974, the federal government approached him and offered him a deal; they released him on the condition that he would help the authorities, without remuneration, to understand the inner workings of fraud and confidence games.
From that moment, he established a company, Abagnale & Associates, which advises financial institutions and law enforcement agencies on how to prevent the same crimes he so brilliantly committed. He is now an international expert on forgery, embezzlement and other forms of white-collar crime. From this new source of income, he willingly paid back everyone he ripped off.
Abagnale admits that life on the run was lonely, and not as glamorous as it is sometimes portrayed in Hollywood. Now a family man, he confesses that he still gets ideas about interesting scams but doesn't act on them. He is certain the crime of the future will be identity theft and that today's technology makes it a lot easier. His new mission in life is to convince the world of it.
With the eyes of the world turning to him thanks to the release of the film adapation of Abagnale's biopic, amateur sleuths will likely find themselves questioning the veracity of the events depicted in the film. Even the most extraordinary lives have dull moments and filmmakers find themselves obligated to alter facts in an effort to dramatize key moments. You can therefore count on the name being searched massively as the movie gains popularity.
For younger generations, the name Frank Abagnale is closely associated with the character played by
Since then, the man has been a frequent guest on <i>The Tonight Show</i> and co-hosted a TV show in 1989 called <i>Crimewatch Tonight</i>. A regular speaker on the conference circle, he has been chosen as one of the top five lecturers in America by the International Platform Association and was voted the #1 Campus Speaker in America by the National Entertainment College Conference Association. Also, he wrote a second book relating to fraud prevention, <i>The Art of the Steal</i>, which was published in the fall of 2001.
The man known as the "world's greatest con artist," Abagnale's popularity will surely continue to "steal" the spotlight for years to come.