Catch Me If You Can (1989 film)

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Catch Me If You Can
Directed by Stephen Sommers
Produced by Jonnathan D. Krane
Rachel Langsam
Alan Lasoff
Don Schain
Screenplay by Stephen Sommers
Starring Grant Heslov
Geoffrey Lewis
M. Emmet Walsh
Matt Lattanzi
Music by Tangerine Dream
Cinematography Ronn Schmidt
Edited by Bob Ducsay
Distributed by MCA
Release dates
July 28, 1989
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,686[1]

Catch Me If You Can is a 1989 American motion picture starring Matt Lattanzi, Loryn Locklin, Grant Heslov, Geoffrey Lewis and M. Emmet Walsh. The film was the directorial debut of writer and director Stephen Sommers, with the soundtrack provided by Tangerine Dream.[2][3]


The movie follows the antics of high school students and their adventure in saving their school from being closed. Class president Melissa (Loryn Locklin) has started raising money through donations to keep the school open, but when the fundraising begins to slow down, Dylan (Matt Lattanzi) convinces Melissa that he can save the school with his plan. They take $3000 of the money that has already been raised to bet on an illegal car race that Dylan is convinced he would win. Dylan doesn't win the race and in order to get their money back, he is forced to double-down on an impossible race against the clock that only the town legend has ever accomplished. The film ends with a spectacular stunt with car and driver jumping through the goal-posts during a football game between two local high schools, Apollo and Cathedral.[4]



The film was shot on location throughout St. Cloud, Minnesota (where Sommers grew up), and at Cathedral High School and Apollo High School, which Sommers attended. The movie was funded through independent money and had a budget of $800,000. The film was Sommer's directorial debut and it was written by him as well. After production was finished on the movie, the studio that had promised to distribute the movie had already gone out of business, and it was eventually released by MCA Inc. in July 1989. The movie did not fare well at the box office, only grossing $3686 in its domestic run, but the film made 7 million dollars in the overseas market.[4][5]

The movie featured local residents who were cast as extras in the production and many of the hot-rods, classic cars and muscle cars featured in the race scenes were owned by central Minnesota residents. Sommers would go on to achieve success directing The Mummy, released in 1999 and the sequel in 2001, The Mummy Returns.[4]


The film's soundtrack was performed and recorded by Tangerine Dream, with all tracks composed by Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger.[6]


  1. Dylan's Future - 4:42
  2. Sad Melissa - 2:07
  3. Fast Eddie's Car - 1:28
  4. Back To The Race - 2:15
  5. Melissa Asks Dylan Out - 1:14
  6. Dylan Alone At Home - 3:32
  7. Melissa Needs Help - 1:01
  8. The Kiss - 0:59
  9. Racing Montage - 3:40
  10. The Clock Is Ticking - 2:13
  11. Widow Maker - 1:41
  12. Dylan's Dream - 1:25
  13. Taking The Test - 1:27
  14. Back To The Race Again - 2:28
  15. One More Chance - 2:25
  16. Melissa's Challenge - 1:25
  17. Widow Maker Race - 2:43
  18. Dylan's Triumph - 4:17
  19. Catch Me If You Can (Main Theme) - 1:45

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catch Me If You Can (1989)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Catch Me If You Can". The New York Times. November 1, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Catch Me If You Can (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Peter Kay (February 15, 2013). "Film Shot in St. Cloud By Blockbuster Director Stephen Sommers Celebrates 25th Anniversary". WJON. 
  5. ^ "Box office/business for Catch Me If You Can (1989)". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Tangerine Dream - Catch Me If You Can". Discogs. 

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