Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
ID This Location In Movie "Catch Me If You Can"  
User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5448 times:

I watched the movie, "Catch Me If You Can" a few days ago and they had some airport shots of a 1960s MIA. Where was the location of this shoot? Was it a real or mock airport?

One other location, toward the end of the movie, Tom Hank and Leo DiCaprio are in some sort of round underground passage with a sign at one ends that says something like, "Ticketing and Baggage Claim." The walkway was a classic example of futuristic 60s design. Where is this walkway this scene was shot?

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

According to http://www.imdb.com the only airport listed in the filming locations is ONT...

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5405 times:

One other location, toward the end of the movie, Tom Hank and Leo DiCaprio are in some sort of round underground passage with a sign at one ends that says something like, "Ticketing and Baggage Claim." The walkway was a classic example of futuristic 60s design. Where is this walkway this scene was shot?

Its the TWA terminal at JFK, at least, its supposed to represent that.

N


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

Neil is right...the actual TWA terminal was used (at the time of filming it was closed to passengers already)


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

Also, I forgot to add that they were in fact the passageways that were used to connect the main terminal to the concourses (above-ground). These will actually be retained with the new terminal building.


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

As USAFHUmmer correctly stated, the "MIA" scenes were shot at the old terminal at ONT.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

I have seen a clip with that scene...and that is unmistakably the TWA passage from the gates to the main terminal.


Visca Barça!!
User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3827 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

Here's an article from last year about the filming at ONT.

Ontario, Calif., Airport Serves as Backdrop for Hollywood Movie Scenes
Business Press, Ontario, CA
Monday, April 1, 2002

For five days between March 22-27, pastel-colored spring fashions and 1960s bouffant and Brylcreem hairstyles combined with the magic of Hollywood to transform a retired section of Ontario International Airport into a bustling retro image of the Miami International Airport. Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg was shooting exterior crowd scenes for a major new Hollywood motion picture.

"Rolling!" yelled a series of assistant directors.

The call, "Background!" set 400 extras in motion, simulating a busy airport scene set in the mid-1960s, while the sounds of Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" played over loudspeakers.

Located adjacent to the remote north parking lot, the former main terminal of the carefully disguised Ontario International Airport was recently featured in several scenes of the new DreamWorks SKG feature, "Catch Me If You Can," set between 1964 and 1966.

The cast and crew at Ontario spent hours of standing around waiting for four or five takes of carefully choreographed chaos. Interior crowd scenes shot March 25 required only 225 extras.

"This is the biggest [film project] we've had here in the 13 years I've been here," said ONT Chief of Operations Kim Ellis. Spielberg sat behind the Panavision camera, American and Florida flags snapping in the breeze. Along the curb a string of early 1960s-era Checker cabs disgorged bit players in period costume. Beyond the camera's view a row of 15 white semi-tractor trailers and heavy truck-based cranes with double banks of high-intensity Bebee lights illuminated the scene.

"We enjoy the hustle and bustle," said airport spokeswoman Maria Fermin. Airport administration offices are housed in the old terminal building.

"Catch Me If You Can" is based on the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a con artist and bank robber, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who became the youngest man to make the FBI's Most Wanted list; his nemesis in this cat-and- mouse tale is FBI agent Carl Hanratty, portrayed by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. Both stars were involved in all the shooting at ONT.

Mike Fantasia, locations manager for DreamWorks SKG, first became acquainted with the Ontario airport three years ago, filming portions of the Johnny Depp-Penelope Cruz film, "Blow," there. The airport provided security, electrical and maintenance staff. Filming did not disrupt normal airport operations.

"If every day of filming was as easy as it is in Ontario, I wouldn't have all this gray hair," Fantasia laughed.

The crew scouted the airport eight to 10 times, bringing set designers and art directors.

The four days of local shooting was bookended by six days of preparation and three days for cleanup. Filming wrapped up March 27. Spielberg and his crew left March 28.

The production company's expenditures "easily translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars every day," Fantasia said, however, little of the spending occurred locally; almost all of the extras, classic cars, equipment and catering were brought in from Hollywood.

Most of the crew of 125 stayed in local hotels, but about 30 commuted from their Los Angeles-area homes. The high-profile stars shuttled back and forth from Santa Monica and their Malibu homes by helicopter, landing at the Mercury Air Center VIP reception area on the airport's south side.

Even Ontario airport profited little from the elaborate transformation. Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn wants the Los Angeles World Airports, including Ontario, to be accessible to the motion picture industry.

Because the airport falls under city of Los Angeles jurisdiction, the production required little assistance from Sheri Davis, director of the Inland Empire Film Commission.

The crew looked at several Inland Empire airports, Davis said. She joined with the production staff in urging Hahn's office to ease access to areas adjacent to the old terminal building despite airport security restrictions.

A high-profile film like "Catch Me If You Can," set for release in late November, could boost Ontario's reputation in the film community, Davis and Ellis agreed.

source

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineTWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

The MIA terminal scene where Leo is walking with the Pan Am Stew wannabe's is ONT.

The scene at the end in that retro tube with ticketing/baggage claim sign is JFK TWA terminal (now closed Terminal 5). I walked those tubes quite a few times and seeing them brings back great memories. I remember the excitement I felt the first time I walked over the hump in the tube and started down towards the gates in Flight Wing 1. All those TW 747's and L1011's departing to Europe. It was pretty glamourous aviation. Those passages linked the TW gate areas to the main terminal.


User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

Yes it was the real TWA terminal, which at the time of filming was already closed after TWA ceased operations!
There is the scene when Leonardo Di Caprio "checks-In" for his deadhead flight to MIA and if you look really close and careful outside the window and doorway in the background, you can see a little of the new JFK control tower, which back in the 60´s wasn´t there yet!
I think it was opened around the early 90´s!


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
"Catch Me If You Can" posted Thu Dec 26 2002 04:06:16 by Thomasphoto60
"Catch Me If You Can" posted Fri Nov 22 2002 04:58:48 by Sleekjet
Catch Me If You Can posted Thu Feb 13 2003 13:28:42 by Airsicknessbag
Catch Me If You Can posted Mon Jan 13 2003 20:05:26 by Bwc1976
Catch Me If You Can Errors posted Fri Dec 27 2002 05:25:38 by UA744Flagship
Catch Me If You Can posted Fri Dec 20 2002 01:46:06 by BR715-A1-30
'Catch Me If You Can' posted Thu Nov 28 2002 01:06:25 by Thomasphoto60
"Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!" posted Sat Feb 19 2000 05:30:47 by Boeing 777
Discrepancy In Movie "Island In The Sky"? posted Thu Aug 4 2005 19:33:37 by Olympus69
FedEx Crash Publicity In Movie "Castaway" posted Tue Oct 26 2004 03:52:18 by Jmc1975