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The Parent Trap (1998)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  29 July 1998 (USA)
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Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, 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:
Simon Kunz ...
Ronnie Stevens ...
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ...
Maggie Emma Thomas ...
Courtney Woods ...
Jackie (as Katerina Graham)


When two pre-teens named Hallie & 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 & 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.

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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:

$11,148,497 (USA) (31 July 1998)


£4,996,756 (UK) (5 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lindsay Lohan can be heard singing "Let's Get Together" as she walks into the elevator at the Stafford Hotel. This song is from the 1961 original. Similarly, the first few notes of "Let's Get Together" are played as the closing notes of music at the tail of the end credits. See more »


In the cabin at Camp Walden, a water balloon falls onto Annie and makes her soaking wet. However, when we see her only seconds later, she is completely dry. See more »


Chessy, the Parker's Maid: [seeing Martin for the first time, dazed] Hello
Martin, the James' Butler: [French music plays] Hello... hello to you
Elizabeth James: Chessy, this is our butler, Martin.
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: How do you do?
[pointing at Hallie]
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: I'm her butler.
Martin, the James' Butler: Enchanté mademoiselle
[kisses her hand]
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: Gee, the pleasure's all mine monsieur.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, pictures from the twins' parents' wedding are shown. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.6 (2003) See more »


Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Courtesy of EMI Records
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User Reviews

Get caught in this trap
6 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

"The Parent Trap " is good but its star Lindsay Lohan is better as she was able to steal my breath away in dual roles playing Hallie and Annie Parker. Working with such a clever plot, Lohan has almost single handily pulled off one of the best performances of 1998.

Also, what a breath a fresh air to Hollywood as she explodes on the scene as one of the best child actresses I've seen in a long time. The proof is a movie called "The Parent Trap."

Lohan's performance is great but we also must not forget that it stars Dennis Quaid as one of the best actors I've seen. With his versatile talent in film genres such as drama, action, or family, Quaid has the ability to capture my attention for the length of the movie.

"The Parent Trap" is a light hearted film that will allow the mind to flow freely while sitting and relaxing. In addition, the movie was not only clever, but original because Lohan pulled off her role as she knew what she was doing without having to be told what to do. Lohan is a natural talent that should be treasured because she is so good and seen in more films

The supporting cast also fit, which made it that much more enjoyable to watch. Good cast choices all the way around. I suggest that everyone see this film because it is really good clean fun with one of the brightest and youngest stars to hit Hollywood.

Bravo to the cast and crew of "The Parent Trap."

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