What's the Difference between Catch Me If You Can the Book and Catch Me If You Can the Movie?


Catch Me If You Can

Released: 1980
Author: Stan Redding and Frank W. Abagnale

Catch Me If You Can

Released: 2002
Director: Steven Spielberg
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Frank Abagnale
Frank Abagnale
Portrayed by: Leonardo DiCaprio
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   Frank serves his sentence and is released on parole. Frank is let out of prison early so he can help the FBI.
   Frank retires from his life of crime and is living in a small french town where is is discovered by a former Pan-Am stewardess. He is arrested by the french police. Carl tracks down Frank while he is still committing fraud in France and arrests him.
   Frank works several low paying jobs before seeking out the FBI to offer his services in the anti-fraud department. Carl gets Frank the job with the FBI and is working there straight after his jail time.
   The story is told only from Frank's point of view. There is a back and forth between Frank's exploits and Carl the FBI agent on his tail.
   Abagnale never saw his father after he ran away from home. He goes to see him to show off his Pan Am uniform.
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