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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meredith Blake's character, before the camping trip asks for a bottle of her "Evian" then two years later Blake plays the role of Evian in the SNL movie Superstar. See more »


Early in the film, Annie and Hallie begin to discover their similarities, one of which is that they both like Oreo cookies with peanut butter. However, Oreos were not widely available in the UK in 1998; they started to become available in packs of four about five years after this film was made. Growing up in England, Annie would probably never have tasted an Oreo. 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 »


Version of Hibari no komoriuta (1951) See more »


Top Of The World
Written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis
Performed by Shonen Knife
Courtesy of Virgin Music Japan Ltd./A&M Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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User Reviews

A Delightful Family Film
25 August 1999 | by (Canada) – 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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