Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Tom Hanks: Carl Hanratty
Carl Hanratty : [Frank is making one last attempt to run by impersonating a pilot once again. Carl catches up with him at Dulles Airport] How'd you do it, Frank? How'd you pass the bar in Louisiana?
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : [Frank continues to walk. Carl walks several paces behind] What are you doing here?
Carl Hanratty : Listen...
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I'm sorry I put you through all this.
Carl Hanratty : You go back to Europe, you're gonna die in Perpignan Prison. You try to run here in the States, we'll send you back to Atlanta for 50 years.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I know that.
Carl Hanratty : I spent four years trying to arrange your release. Had to convince my bosses at the FBI and the Attorney General of the United States you wouldn't run.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : Why'd you do it?
Carl Hanratty : You're just a kid.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I'm not your kid. You said you were going to Chicago.
Carl Hanratty : My daughter can't see me this weekend. She's going skiing.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : You said she was four years old. You're lying.
Carl Hanratty : She was four when I left. Now she's 15. My wife's been remarried for 11 years. I see Grace every now and again.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I don't understand.
Carl Hanratty : Sure you do. Sometimes, it's easier living the lie.
[Frank stops, Carl catches up]
Carl Hanratty : I'm going to let you fly tonight, Frank. I'm not even going to try to stop you. That's because I know you'll be back on Monday.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : Yeah? How do you know I'll come back?
Carl Hanratty : Frank, look. Nobody's chasing you.
Kid : More coffee, sir?
Kid : Are you a collector?
Carl Hanratty : Of what?
Kid : Captives of the Cosmic Ray, The Big Freeze, Land of the Golden Giants. I've got em all.
Carl Hanratty : What are you talking about?
Kid : Barry Allen. The Flash.
Carl Hanratty : Wait, kid, kid, kid. You mean like the comic book?
Kid : Yeah, the comic book. When he's not The Flash. That's his name, Barry Allen.
Carl Hanratty : Thank you.
[cut to Carl using a payphone]
Carl Hanratty : Now get this: he reads comic books. Comic books! Barry Allen is The Flash!
Tom Fox : Carl, slow down, slow down. I don't know what the hell you're talking about.
Carl Hanratty : He's a kid. Our unsub is a kid. That's why we couldn't match his prints. That's why he doesn't have a record. Now, I want you to contact the NYPD for every all-points juvenile runaways in New York City. And don't forget the airports. He's been kiting checks all over the country.
Tom Fox : But why New York?
Carl Hanratty : The Yankees! He said something about the Yankees!
Carl Hanratty : How'd you do it, Frank? How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
Carl Hanratty : There's impressions on every line... looks like the original amount was for $60...
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : [walks up and takes magnifier] Mind if I take a look?
Carl Hanratty : [looks up] Cashed in Flagstaff a week ago. Cost the bank $16,000.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : It's a real check.
Carl Hanratty : Yeah. Yeah, it's been washed. The only thing original is the signature.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : But it's perfect, Carl. I mean, this isn't hydrochloride or bleach.
Carl Hanratty : No. Something new. Maybe a nail polish remover where the acetone removes the ink that's not been printed?
Carl Hanratty : How did you do it, Frank? How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I didn't cheat. I studied for two weeks and I passed.
Carl Hanratty : Is that the truth, Frank? Is that the truth?
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : I'll bet this guy steals checks out of mailboxes. He washes off their names and he puts on his own.
Carl Hanratty : You're saying he's a local?
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : Well, if it were me, you know, I'd call the bank first... check out the balance...
Carl Hanratty : Make sure there's enough money in there to make it worth your while...
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : You know, Carl, I think this guy's pretty smart.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : Now, all we have to do is catch him.
Carl Hanratty : Our unknown subject is a paperhanger who started working on the East Coast. In the last few weeks this unsub has developed a new form of check fraud which I'm calling "the float". What he's doing is opening checking accounts at various banks then chaning the MICR ink routing numbers at the bottom of those checks. Next slide, please. This is a map of the 12 banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Slide. MICR scanners at every bank read these numbers at the bottom of the check - slide - and they ship that check off to its corresponding branch.
Special Agent Witkins : Carl, for those of us who are unfamiliar with bank fraud you mind telling us what the hell you're talking about?
Carl Hanratty : The East Coast branches are numbered zero-one to zero-six. The central branch is zero-seven, zero-eight so on, so forth.
Special Agent Witkins : You mean the numbers at the bottom of a check actually mean something?
Carl Hanratty : All of this was in the report I filed two days ago. If you change a zero-two to a one-two that means a check, which was cashed in New York Federal Branch but it is rerouted all the way to San Francisco Federal Branch. The bank doesn't even know the check has bounced for two weeks, which means our unsub can stay in one place, paper the same city over and over again, while his checks circle the country.
[talking on the phone on Christmas Eve]
Carl Hanratty : I'll tell you what I am sure of: you're gonna get caught. One way or another. It's a mathematical fact. It's like Vegas: the house always wins.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : ...Well, Carl, I'm sorry, but I-I have to go.
Carl Hanratty : You didn't call just to apologize, did you?
[starts to laugh]
Frank Abagnale, Jr. : What do you mean?
Carl Hanratty : [laughing] You have no one else to call!
[Frank slams down the phone]
Carl : I love my job!