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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 ...
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Hallie Meyers-Shyer ...
Maggie Emma Thomas ...
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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Camp Walden is based on an existing camp for girls with that name in Denmark, Maine. There is no Isolation Cabin and the camp only runs seven weeks as opposed to eight. See more »


When Hallie notices that Annie doesn't have pierced ears, it is almost clear that Hallie is mouthing "What?" while Annie is the one saying it. See more »


[last lines]
Hallie: We actually did it!
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In the opening credits, Lindsay Lohan's name is displayed to fireworks. See more »


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

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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