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Catch Me If You Can
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Saxophone Solos by:
Dan Higgins

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Dreamworks Records
(December 10th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you have a fond place in your heart for John Williams' jazzy styles from early in his career.

Avoid it... if you are primarily interested in Williams for his adventure scores recorded with massive ensembles, a sound completely unrelated to the tone of this film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #110
WRITTEN 12/14/02, REVISED 1/10/09
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Catch Me If You Can: (John Williams) It had been several decades since Steven Spielberg directed and produced a comedy film, and although 2002's Catch Me If You Can is breezy entertainment, it's not competitive with Spielberg's efforts in the dramatic genres. The film chronicles the partially fictionalized life adventures of master criminal Frank Abagnale Jr., a man whose skill in disguise and fraud catapulted him to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list at a very young age. Set in the 1960's, the film unfolds as a chase caper with style when the FBI agent assigned to the case spends the duration of the movie hunting Abagnale through every conceivable location. A lengthy epilogue was a detraction, though there is justice in Abagnale's transformation into a modern day corporate security consultant. Concluding a busy year of activity, John Williams completed his twentieth collaboration with Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can. He had soared across the stars, into a future with pre-crime, and back to Hogwarts all in an eight month span during 2002, and the final entry in the year proved the composer's knack for diversity more than any of his others that year, or, for that matter, in recent times. Only 2004's The Terminal ventures into related territory in the decade of the 2000's. As such, voters of the Academy rewarded Williams with an Oscar nomination for this film instead the aforementioned powerhouses. With the composer using all of 2003 for non-film scoring endeavors, Catch Me If You Can was his last new score available for quite a while. The collection and tone of music assembled for the soundtrack mirrored the choices of previous films that had also dealt with 1960's pop culture. In this case, that meant the fusion of several older generation songs with a similarly retro style of jazz in the underscore. It had been many years since the composer had returned to his "Johnny Williams" talents within the jazz genre, and even longer since he combined that sound with intrigue and weighty, serious drama. His most recent jazzy score at the time had been the remake of Sabrina in 1995, but Catch Me If You Can tackles its subject matter a much darker avenue of introspection and sophistication.

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2,425 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.97 Stars
***** 431 5 Stars
**** 460 4 Stars
*** 596 3 Stars
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* 450 1 Stars
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what song?
uzi - May 1, 2011, at 4:49 a.m.
1 comment  (702 views)
score deserves to get more than 5 stars
S.Venkatnarayanan - April 8, 2008, at 12:11 a.m.
1 comment  (1679 views)
K-E- double L-Y
becky - September 9, 2006, at 8:46 a.m.
1 comment  (2496 views)
Irish Song
Glenn - February 3, 2006, at 1:25 p.m.
1 comment  (2209 views)
Excellent Score Mr. Williams   Expand >>
Jared - January 27, 2006, at 11:52 a.m.
2 comments  (2636 views)
Newest: February 22, 2007, at 1:24 p.m.by michelle
Best Score by John Williams
Dam - October 15, 2005, at 2:31 a.m.
1 comment  (1515 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 62:33
• 1. Catch Me If You Can (2:41)
• 2. The 'Float' (4:56)
• 3. Come Fly With Me - performed by Frank Sinatra (3:19)
• 4. Recollections (The Father's Theme) (5:16)
• 5. The Airport Scene (2:26)
• 6. The Girl from Ipanema - performed by Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim (5:15)
• 7. Learning the Ropes (8:44)
• 8. Father and Son (3:15)
• 9. Embraceable You - performed by Judy Garland (2:50)
• 10. The Flash Comics Clue (1:47)
• 11. Deadheading (2:25)
• 12. The Christmas Song - performed by Nat King Cole (3:10)
• 13. A Broken Home (4:25)
• 14. Doctor, Lawyer, Lutheran (3:12)
• 15. The Look of Love - performed by Dusty Springfield (3:31)
• 16. Catch Me If You Can (Reprise and End Credits) (5:14)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes the usual short note from Spielberg, but no extra information about the score or film.
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