Sunday, February 8, 2009

Collect Me If You Can

My girlfriend and I were watching and re-watching(respectively) Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, based on the true story of master con man Frank Abignale (played by Leonardo DiCaprio).

Watching it over again, I had forgotten how much Abignale's love of Flash comics plays into the plot--there's an early shot in the film of some issues sitting on his bureau (top photo), then later he goes around telling people his name is Barry Allen!

Not until a helpful soda jerk clues the FBI Agent Carl Hanratty on the case (Tom Hanks) as to who Barry Allen is does Hanratty start to figure out how to catch him. And after they have and Abignale is in jail, Hanratty brings him a "present" of some new Flash comics (see second photo).

I remember being impressed that whoever was in charge of props made the effort to get period correct issues of the title--that's The Flash #135 seen on top of the pile in photo 1, which came out in 1963, which was correct for that point in the movie.

In the second photo, Hanks is showing The Flash #179, which came out in 1968, which is about when that second scene takes place. Well done!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I remember that movie and the Flash connection. In fact, one of my non-comic book fan friends saw the movie first and told me that I would like it, but wouldn't tell me why. So when I saw it, I understood what he meant.

I'm still waiting for some Aqua-fan to be the hero of some movie.

Anonymous said...

It's impressive that the movie gets this detail right, as did that News Radio episode that showed Matthew reading Dave's Casper comic. Especially since 95% of the audience would not know the difference.