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Catch Me If You Can [Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Catch Me If You Can (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 2:41Album Only
listen  2. The "Float" (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 4:56Album Only
listen  3. Come Fly With MeFrank Sinatra 3:19Album Only
listen  4. Recollections (The Father's Theme) (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 5:16Album Only
listen  5. The Airport Scene (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 2:27Album Only
listen  6. The Girl From Ipanema [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim]Stan Getz 5:15Album Only
listen  7. Learning The Ropes (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 8:44Album Only
listen  8. Father And Son (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 3:15Album Only
listen  9. Embraceable You (1940 Single Version)Judy Garland 2:50Album Only
listen10. The Flash Comics Clue (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 1:47Album Only
listen11. Deadheading (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 2:25Album Only
listen12. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)Nat King Cole 3:10Album Only
listen13. A Broken Home (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 4:25Album Only
listen14. Doctor, Lawyer, LutheranJohn Williams 3:12Album Only
listen15. The Look Of LoveDusty Springfield 3:31Album Only
listen16. Catch Me If You Can (Reprise and End Credits) (Catch Me If You Can / Soundtrack)John Williams 5:14Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (December 10, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B00007BKUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Steven Spielberg veered from the futuristic sci-fi flirtations of A.I. and Minority Report with this brisk, stylish period take on the career of teen con-man extraordinaire Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his dogged G-man pursuer/de facto extended family member Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks). As always, the director's musical collaborator is John Williams, and the scoring legend uses the occasion of their 20th collaboration as a rewarding musical journey back to the days when he was known as Johnny Williams, ambitious young pianist for Henry Mancini on such early jazz scores as Peter Gunn. Informed by a half-century of subsequent achievement, Williams's return to the jazz idiom of his youth yields a smart, nervous score that evokes more than mere nostalgia. But with Dan Higgins's moody sax often leading the way, the veteran composer's work here seems more evocative reinvention than revisitation, yet another tribute to his uncanny ability to make any idiom his own. A handful of pop standards (including Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me," Getz and Gilberto's "Girl from Ipanema," "The Christmas Song" by Nat "King" Cole) deftly color both period and plot, but, as always, it's Williams who provides Spielberg's masterful imagery with its musical life's blood. --Jerry McCulley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different side of John Williams December 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you listen to many of John Williams' memorable themes and scores, it's amazing to know that the guy started out as a jazz musician. With his score for "Catch Me If You Can," he gets a chance to bring out that side of him with this slick, jazzy and infectious score. One drawback is it does lacks the true William's signature: The memorable melody. It's likely due to the fact that Williams and Spielberg have a film set in an era (or begins in an era) that was musically into jazz styles like Cool and Be-Bop; styles that were driven more on dissonance and broken melodies created by improvised riffs. It only seems fitting to incorporate those styles to accompany the film. Nevertheless, the arrangements and orchestrations are top-notch. Even Spielberg points out on the liner notes that we "may swear that the E flat sax solo was improvised, but John wrote every single note of it."
With that, this score is riddled with the sound of a saxophone. There might even be credit to what Spielberg wrote: the saxophone solos do sound improvised. It seems Williams uses the saxophone in the score to parallel the main character Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio)who is an amazing imposter. Because like an imposter, his every move may sound and appear improvised, but underneath the veneer, every move (or every note) is calculated.
There are three themes in this score. The main theme here is aptly titled Catch Me If You Can, a minimalist piece that consist of vibes, xlyophones and woodwinds written in an offbeat time signature. The second is an upbeat 4/4 progressive motif with staccato strings and alto saxophone riffs that reminds me of William's own "Home Alone" scores and Howard Shore's "Mrs. Doubtfire" score.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Score December 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
John Williams goes back to his roots. In the early 50s he issued a bunch of albums conducting a big band. Yes, he arranged them and played piano. This jazzy and fun score reminds one of the best of Henry Mancini. Add standards by Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland among others and this CD perfectly catches the feeling of the time period that the film takes place in. Williams' best score in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams and his ever changing music December 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This score, like most of John William's music, is strickingly different than the ones before. William's ability to dabble in different musical forms is decidedly one of his greatest strengths, along with his ability to follow the pace of the movie. If you happen to simply be a fan of William's, I think you'll enjoy this bit. It's very light, entertaining, and enjoyable. A very happy bit, indeed. Don't expect it to be like Star Wars, but expect to enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OSCAR CALIBER? REVOLUTIONARY? Wait and see December 14, 2002
By S. Cha
Format:Audio CD
Catch Me soundtrack is a mix of original music and oldies songs. The score is jazz like, with the usual elements of John's musical composition. Is it good music with the movie? I would say yes! Can it stand strong by itself? I have mixed feelings about it. If you're patient and just kicking back, it's very cool stuff! But if you're not patient and just want to hear exciting tracks immediately, then this stuff is just OK. It's true, the jazz tunes make up about 45 minutes of the CD. The great songs really hold up the listening enjoyment of the soundtrack. Without the songs, the score can get a little repetitive. I gave this a 4 star, so it's definetely a recommendation. It'll most likely go up for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE at the OSCARS, since jazz tunes of the 50s are favorable to them. The only reason I wouldn't give this a 5 is that the theme song isn't the strongest. It's cool, but not revolutionary. The musical score time, 45 minutes, is a bit short. Some of the tracks repeat in other songs. It's OK if the album is long, but if it's short, I expect a bit more variety. Other than these factors, it's cool, pleasing, romantic, haunting, and reminescence of the 50's. What an experience it would be!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great "Catch" October 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Steven Spielberg's 2002 film CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was a breezy crime caper movie based on the true-life story of Frank Abagnale, a real "phony" who nevertheless embarked on a three-year spree of writing bum checks adding up to millions during the 1960s. To capture that era's swinging mores, he had his great friend John Williams design one of that composer's quirkiest scores ever--very jazzy and redolent of the scores Henry Mancini devised for the "Pink Panther" films and Stanley Donen's 1963 classic CHARADE.

But for Williams, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was very much a homecoming, as he started out in jazz and even worked quite closely with Mancini early on in Hollywood. The genuine jauntiness and mystery of the film's main musical motifs are balanced by moments of warm but not mushy sentimentality, and hit songs of that period by Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, and Dusty Springfield round out this appealing collection.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was such an offbeat project for a composer and a director known for boldness, but it served as a challenge that Spielberg aced on the screen and Williams aced in his music. It is highly recommended for its sheer audacity in going back to the past and still remaining relevant to today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny's "Lost in Soundtrack" August 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The opening theme is the coolest ever. It has that jazzy, suspenseful, space-age groove that takes you back to the early 60's era portrayed in the movie.

Once I discovered it was done by John Williams, things started to click. The arrangement and themes actually go back way before he was famous. Back to an era he may not want you to remember. Back when he was known simply as "Johnny" Williams.

First, notice the melody and pace of the creeping marimbas and bubbling flutes. Next, catch a repeat of the old Sci-Fi, TV Fairy-Tale known as "LOST IN SPACE." Listen for the incidental, suspense-scene music throughout. Did you catch the composer's name in the credits?

Bingo!(and still very cool)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I picked up the soundtrack to this film a while ago now, and I am very pleased with it! John Williams is the Best!!
Published 7 months ago by Augustus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Seller!
Excellent music. Best yet. Have always loved movies and music. This is the best!
Thanks You always for giving me this.
Published 7 months ago by leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Score at Higher Price for 1 CD
This is a pretty good score, different from the normal John Williams stuff (Star Wars, Superman). The classic music thrown into the CD with the score really brings you back to the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stargate310
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from John Williams
If you liked the music in the movie you will enjoy this! I love the oddball music in this movie. It's too bad it's no longer really for sale, but many copies are available with... Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars catch me if you can
Very enjoyable selection of music. Surprises include that John Williams wrote some selections that sound like impromptu jazz.
Published on September 28, 2010 by renee ditzenberger
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams is brilliant.
Fantastic album. The only thing I was a little bummed about was the fact that I had already bought Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" and it was on this album, but I could barely... Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Catch Me - a light and lovely score
This is not Obi-Wan's John Williams, but harkens back to when he was know as jazz guitartist Johnny Williams. Read more
Published on May 23, 2009 by Joe Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie music
I heard a wonderful performance of John Williams' "Escapades for Saxaphone and Orchestra" by Branford Marsalis and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by William Lee Bynum
3.0 out of 5 stars Minimal Jazz Content
The way people have been talking about this score, from the reviews to the liner notes, you'd think it was a stylistic counterpart to "Checkmate. Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by d
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
John Williams does it again! This man is the best composer I have ever heard! The music fits the scenes in the movies so unblievably well that you will wonder how one man was... Read more
Published on April 4, 2007 by D.S.
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