* ActorAllusion: When [[Creator/TomHanks Hanratty]] is closing in at the engagement party, a dollar bill slips under the bedroom door and floats by him, [[Film/ForrestGump just like a certain feather]].
** This comes seconds after another actor allusion, as Frank makes a hasty exit through a window, kissing Brenda before he goes into exile. After talking about the meaninglessness of his names, no less. [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Sound familiar?]]
* DawsonCasting: Frank ages from 16 to his early twenties over the course of the film; he was played by a 27-year-old Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio. Justified in that the real Frank Abagnale looked older than his age, which was how he got away with many of his scams. And that's invoked in-movie; Hanratty's initial profiling of Abagnale after their first encounter includes being age 26 -- 30.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The movie featured [[Series/GreysAnatomy Ellen Pompeo]], [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Elizabeth Banks]] and Creator/AmyAdams as women Frank came across during his misadventures, all of whom were virtual unknowns at the time. Jennifer Garner was also relatively unknown at the time of her casting, but she was cast as the lead in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' shortly thereafter, garnering her attention between then and the film's release.
** [[Series/TheWestWing President Bartlet]] is Brenda's dad.
** Creator/AmyAcker was one of the distractingly sexy stewardesses.
** The musical has Creator/AaronTveit from the original cast of ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' and Norbert Leo Butz from the original cast of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Funnily enough, Butz was the original Broadway Fiyero, and Tveit also played Fiyero at the Gershwin Theatre, ''Wicked''[='=]s Broadway home.
** Not even [[Film/TheDeadZone Johnny Smith]] could have predicted his son would end up engaged to Greg Stillson's daughter!
* OneOfUs: Abagnale. Evidenced from his aliases which were based on comic book characters.
* StarMakingRole: Oddly averted for Creator/AmyAdams, who despite being prominently featured as Frank's girlfriend had to wait until ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' some years later to become an A-lister. Spielberg actually cast her in order to make that star, and said he was crushed when her career didn't take off immediately. But her career got better, so it all worked out in the end.
* ThrowItIn: When filming the scene where Frank meets his father in a fancy restaurant and Frank Sr. reminisces about meeting Frank's mother(who he is now divorced from) in France during World War II, ChristopherWalken did the first few takes straight. Then during one take Walken suddenly broke down crying. Spielberg was so moved that he used it in the movie.

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