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Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 9:28 pm


Hi everybody,

if you feel nostalgic for the golden age of air travel, go watch that movie. I´d guess half of it is based around Leonardo di Caprio´s character impersonating a PA pilot - which guarantees some nice scenes involving the 60s aviation scene.

I hear the movie is very close to the real story, so the potrayal of PA is probably quite realistic.

All in all, a very nice movie which is even more entertaining if you´re into aviation.

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 9:36 pm

There is some nice aviation stuff in this slightly overlong film - TWA terminal, lots of cute hosties, 707 interiors (including one at the end of the film when he's being brought from France to the US much later in the story, in the 70s - a TWA 707). Of course it's mostly Pan Am, but like I said the action also includes TW.

One boo-boo, for di Caprio's first jumpseat ride ("can you tell me which seat the jumpseat is, I haven't done this for a while"), it's an MD80 cockpit posing as a 707.

If you want a taste of 1960s aviation, you'll love the film.
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 10:05 pm

it's an MD80 cockpit posing as a 707

It's actually a movie set..the MD-80 cockpit is nowhere near that big.
 
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 11:40 pm

I also noticed two "mistakes" in the film:

1. They show a TWA 707 flying in the 1960s, yet it has the 1974 paint scheme.

2. The 707 di Caprio is in at the end of the film (also during the 1960s) has the cabin sidewalls which were not introduced until the early 1970s.
 
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 11:42 pm

Boy, doesn't that movie make you want to become a pilot (for those who've seen it, you know what I mean). Big grin

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Thu Feb 13, 2003 11:43 pm

Went last night to watch the movie and I really like it with all the 60's aviation golden age flavour. The famous Pan Am building in New-York is back with the big Pan-Am board signs as well.
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:28 am

That's true what Corsair says; that was golden time in aviation ...

The movie is very nice indeed. Go and see it or download it from the net (ooopsieeee ).  Wink/being sarcastic

Good to see that some real aviation freaks have seen the small errors
in the movie !!!


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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:35 am

very good movie, funny when the captain was being catered to apon arriving at the hotel. the little boy said "can i have your autograph" thats when pilots were pilots.

good movie though.


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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:41 am

OK OK, if everyone points out the inevitable mistakes: the plane in which Handratty and Abagnale land at New York in the end is definitely not a 707. But let´s face it, every movie has tons of mistakes, there are whole websites dedicated to this. It IS a very nice movie nevertheless - glad to see this seems to be consensus here  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:50 am

The most glaring mistake is at the end when flying back to the U.S. from Paris.

While approaching New York, Abagnale (DiCaprio) points out the window at LaGuardia Airport and says, "There's Runway 44.."

Oops.  Nuts
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 2:13 am

Overall, a great movie which is even more enjoyable for the aviation enthusiasts. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to experience the height of the PanAm and TWA era, but I enjoyed the feel and humor that this movie replicated of aviations "golden age." If only today's industry mirrored those times.

There were a few technicalities in the movie, but nothing the general movie going public would probably catch. My favorite was when Frank Jr. was being escorted by FBI agent Tom Hanks, and he made the reference to LaGuardia's airport runway 44, which most of us know is impossible. Runway numbers do not extend past 36!!! Fun movie.

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 2:20 am


Another mistake that hasn't been mentioned-or more like artistic license- is when DiCaprio escapes the feds through the aircraft lav towards the end of the movie. That's practically impossible in real life.

 
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 2:39 am

It's funny the stuff us geeks will catch.

All in all, however, I thought it was much more accurate than other movies, which just use some public domain footage of a plane whenever they need one, and usually end up showing some ancient equipment that hasn't been flown in years.

One thing: don't forget he lived his life as an impostor -- he very well could have meant Rwy 44. He never actually flew a plane, just dead-headed everywhere.

 
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 3:12 am

>>Another mistake that hasn't been mentioned-or more like artistic license- is when DiCaprio escapes the feds through the aircraft lav towards the end of the movie. That's practically impossible in real life.<<

If you read the book, you will find that Abagnale actually did just that. He asked Hanratty (whose name has been changed for the movie) if he could use the lav and locked himself in there until landing, then jumped out.

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 3:53 am


Actually I know Abagnale claims he jumped out through the lav. But in a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, an aviation industry expert claims that this can't be done by a full-size person. The space is too small. Futhermore I can tell you for a fact, having worked in aircraft cargo bins myself, that there is no real way to get from the lav to the wheel well of an aircraft. The wheel wells are walled off. It's BS. Don't believe everything you read dude.

 
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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 6:16 am

>>But in a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, an aviation industry expert claims that this can't be done by a full-size person.<<

Uh huh... I trust Entertainment Weekly to explain to me how an airplane works.

>>Futhermore I can tell you for a fact, having worked in aircraft cargo bins myself, that there is no real way to get from the lav to the wheel well of an aircraft.<<

We're not talking modern-day aircraft here. We're talking Connies, 707s, and the like. Don't compare a 777 or a 767 to what Abagnale was "piloting." I don't have the book right in front of me to tell you exactly which plane he jumped out of, but he did do it. It made front page news when he pulled his disappearing trick.

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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 7:34 am

Well, I see we will not come to the end of this argument anytime soon therefore...

Dear Mr John Travolta,

I am an aviation enthusiast who enjoys conversing the subject with fellow comrades over the internet, more precisely a web site called airliners.net

An argument sparked over a movie and we were wondering if you could do us a HUGE favor and try something out for us...


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RE: Catch Me If You Can

Fri Feb 14, 2003 8:40 am

I trhought this was a fantastic movie, and i loved it very much. i thought it was pretty funny as well, and abignail was a really smart kid.
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