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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 they 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 ...
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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)


$66,304,095 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Elizabeth and Annie dash out into the rain,and Annie inquires as to what the QE2 is. Elizabeth wrongly informs her telling her its a cruise liner that sailed from London-New York when in actual fact it was used for the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, UK, to New York. See more »


Nick Parker: What's going on?
Meredith Blake: Here's what's going on, buddy: the day we get married is the day I ship those brats off to Switzerland, get the picture? It's me, or them. Take your pick.
Nick Parker: Them.
[Hallie and Annie stare at each other excitedly]
Meredith Blake: Excuse me?
Nick Parker: T-H-E-M. Them.
[staring into Meredith's face]
Nick Parker: Get the picture?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Lindsay Lohan's name is displayed to fireworks. See more »


Referenced in Rizzoli & Isles: But I Am a Good Girl (2013) See more »


In The Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
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User Reviews

the best family film of the year! adorable!
11 July 1999 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

I have to say, I couldn't stand the original Parent Trap, but maybe that's because I saw this version first. Either way, the new Parent Trap is a great film and the perfect film to see with the family. When I saw it, I knew it would wind up in my family's library, and that it did, as soon it was available. Charming, funny, even romantic. I actually had a few tears at the end! The cast is great, Lindsey Lohan is funny and adorable, just likable, and unlike the original parents, Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson are excellent and seem like great parents. See it with any kids that you care about, everyone in every age category will like this film.

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