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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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Hallie Parker and Annie James. They look exactly alike and are sisters. It would be awesome for you to be a twin, but what is it like being a twin without even knowing it? That's what it's like for these girls. Hallie is a cool, laid-back gal from California. Annie James is a proper rose from London. Annie has never met her father, and Hallie has never met her mother. When they get thrown into the Isolation Cabin, they uncover the mystery behind the ripped picture. They realize that they are twin sisters seperated at birth by their divorced parents, and they decide to switch places to meet the parent that they've never met. They also decide to get them back together. But then something awful happens that will wreck everything: their father is engaged to a beautiful, selfish witch who's only after their dad's money. Written by Ally__bear

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Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.


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Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

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29 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Disney's The Parent Trap  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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£4,996,756 (UK) (5 February 1999)
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Trivia

The reaction of Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid's character) reaction to seeing Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson's character) for the first time in 11 years is identical to James Garner's character's reaction in Move Over, Darling (1963) upon seeing his missing wife after 5 years. In both films, the man is on an elevator with his current partner and leans over in disbelief as the door closes. James Garner's character in Move Over, Darling (1963) is also named Nick. James Garner actually copied the move in the elevator from Cary Grant who did the same thing in the movie My Favorite Wife (1940). When Cary Grant entered the elevator with his new bride Gail Patrick he was shocked to see his first wife Irene Dunne who after seven years had been declared missing at sea and presumed dead that very morning. Move Over Darling is a remake of My Favorite Wife. Dennis Quaid also does a very distinctive voice impersonation of Cary Grant in the scene following the camping trip. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the opening credit sequence (on the QE2), the photographer comes over to take Nick and Liz's picture. In the shot showing the photographer (from behind the couple), there are lit candles clearly between the couple and the photographer. In the picture taken by the photographer, the candles are absent. See more »

Quotes

Hallie as Annie: His and hers kids. No offense, Mom, but this arrangement really sucks.
Elizabeth James: I agree, it totally sucks.
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Crazy Credits

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

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The Great Escape March
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I was skeptical at first, but this really was an adorable movie
30 August 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Beleive you me was i skeptical of this movie. First of all the original is a highly regarded film in my house. If it's on t.v the world stops for it. And beleive me when I first heard about the remake i was very very angry because hardly ever does a remake even compare to the original. I didn't understand it of course. Especially how a movie like that cold work in the 90's. I mean reality check what court, let alone parents, in the world would decide to split up a pair of twins let each parent have one never let them even know about the other one and never let them see each one ever again? Puh-Leeze. But boy was I ever wrong.

This movie has every bit as much charm as the original and it's ending (I won't give it away) makes much more sence than the original, they-just-get-together-without-talking-any-of-there- problems-out original.

And huge props to Lindsy Lohen on the accents. I am very big on accents and was overwhelmed at how good she was. I see big things for her.

So go see it. It's truly captivating.


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