Catch Me if You Can (book)

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Catch Me If You Can
Author Frank Abagnale, Stan Redding
Country United States
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 253
ISBN 0-448-16538-4

Catch Me if You Can is the autobiography of Frank Abagnale, a former con artist who, as a young man, cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks while impersonating a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, a teacher, and an attorney. The book is co-written by Stan Redding, and was adapted into a 2002 film of the same name by director Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent who pursued him.

Plot summary[edit]

The movie plot is available at Catch Me If You Can.

The book details the life of Frank Abagnale, who was one of the most famous con-artists in the 20th century. It is written in the first person and describes how he cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks. He assumed various jobs, such as pretending to be a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, a teacher, and an attorney. Abagnale was eventually caught by the FBI Agents, who had been chasing him the whole way, while living in France and then served approximately five years in prison—six months in France, six months in Sweden, and four years in the United States. The book ends with an epilogue telling the story of Frank Abagnale's final capture and the story of his rehabilitation which resulted in the creation of his security firm.

Movie adaptation[edit]

The 2002 film Catch Me if You Can, directed by award-winning director Steven Spielberg, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as Hanratty. The film is based upon his life and the autobiography and is mainly true to the source as Abagnale was a consultant to the writers but some of the details were changed to create a more dramatic narrative for film.[1]

Musical adaptation[edit]

Abagnale's life has most recently been adapted into a new musical of the same name, which arrived on Broadway (First preview: March 11; Opening night: April 10, 2011) at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show stars Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Tom Wopat and Kerry Butler. Butz won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical at the 2011 Tony Awards.


  1. ^ ISBN 0-06-052971-7 by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding