A great screenplay, but I really disagree with RT's commendation of the direction and acting. Hallstrom is inconsistent; he's not sure how to play many of these scenes, some of which are painfully bad ("He gave me a prune"). Alfred Molina is AWFUL as Gere's sidekick; that miscasting cost this movie a full star. There are some good moments for Gere, but he too is inconsistent. This could have been as good as Catch Me If You Can, but I have to hand it to Spielberg--he does a much better job bringing script to screen.