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The Parent Trap (1998)

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ...
Maggie Emma Thomas ...
Courtney Woods ...
Jackie (as Katerina Graham)


When two pre-teens named Hallie and Annie meet through their summer camp, their two lives are rattled when they realize that they are identical twins. With parents, British mother aka famous dress designer Elizabeth and American father, a wine maker named Nick, living in two different sides of the universe, the girls decide to make an identity swap in hopes of spending time with their other parent. The girls later choose to aware their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in NYC, which late reunites the divorced pair and sends them back into remarriage with each other. Written by The hotel was in San Francisco hense the Golden Gate Bridge

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Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Parent Trap  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,148,497, 2 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


In one scene in Annie's home in London, Hallie is admiring hanging crystals which reflect a rainbow on her face. This could be a reference to the film Pollyanna (1960), starring Hayley Mills, who played the twins in the original Parent Trap (1961) film. See more »


Meredith tells Annie (as Hallie) that she is going to marry Nick in two weeks and nothing "Hallie" does can stop it. Later in the movie, they are supposedly at the Stafford and trying to decide if they want to have the wedding there. If the wedding was less than two weeks away, the invitations would have already been sent out with a location on them. See more »


Annie: Any of your pictures ruined?
Hallie: Only the beautiful Leo DiCaprio...
Annie: Who?
Hallie: You've never heard of Leonardo DiCaprio? How far away is London anyway?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, it says "A Nancy Meyers/Charles Shyer Film," even though only the former is the director. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Kamp Krustier (2017) See more »


Soulful Strut
Written by Eugene Record and William Sanders
Performed by Young Holt Unlimited
Courtesy of Brunswick Records Corp.
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User Reviews

A Delightful Family Film
25 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

There is only one movie in history that I can name that my wife, my mother and my six-year-old daughter enjoyed equally. This is it.

This is an astonishly effective and pleasant remake of a very good film. It's light, romantic, touching and downright funny. You cannot pour enough accolades on young Lindsay Lohan, who effortlessly plays both twins, and, if you listen closely, juggles four accents. (She changes her Brit accent when she plays her own American alter-ego pretending to be herself in England - if you saw the film, you know what I mean).

Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid with that big, goofy, infectious smile, give the film its romance and maturity, without stepping on the fun-filled kid's plot. This is simple, easy-to-watch family entertainment.

There is also a great editing and effects element. You never once notice a split screen or cheap over-the-shoulder shot when both of Lohan's characters are on-screen - its really quite astounding how seamless it is.

My daughter, after seeing this in the theater, quickly proclaimed this her favourite movie ever. We own the video, and I have watched it with her at least a dozen times without growing tired.

A perfect rental after a bad day, or when you want to have a family movie night. *** out of ****.

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