According to the real Frank Abagnale, Jr., approximately eighty percent of the book is true. The screenwriters combined story lines from the book and several characters from the book were merged together for the film.
Frank Abagnale, Jr.:
Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is irrefutable evidence that the defendant is, in fact, lying.
Judge: Mr. Conners, this is a preliminary hearing. There is no... defendant. There is no... jury. It's just me. Son... what in the HELL is ...
When Hanratty runs upstairs at the motel in L.A. right before his first encounter with Abagnale, he hurriedly shows his FBI badge to a woman at the top of the steps. However, his badge and info are facing towards him and not the woman because he was in a hurry to capture Frank.
In the closing credits, Brian Howe is listed as playing "Tom Fox" and Frank John Hughes is listed as playing "Earl Amdursky". However in the film, Howe played Amdursky and Hughes played Fox. However, this was corrected for the DVD release.
In the French language version of the film, Frank teaches his high school Spanish class instead of French.
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