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The Parent Trap (1998)

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Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director:

Nancy Meyers

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Hallie Parker / Annie James
Dennis Quaid ... Nick Parker
Natasha Richardson ... Elizabeth James
Elaine Hendrix ... Meredith Blake
Lisa Ann Walter ... Chessy
Simon Kunz ... Martin
Polly Holliday ... Marva Kulp, Sr.
Maggie Wheeler ... Marva Kulp, Jr.
Ronnie Stevens ... Grandfather
Joanna Barnes ... Vicki Blake
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ... Lindsay
Maggie Emma Thomas Maggie Emma Thomas ... Zoe
Courtney Woods Courtney Woods ... Nicole
Kat Graham ... Jackie (as Katerina Graham)
Michael Lohan ... Lost Boy at Camp
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Storyline

When two pre-teens named Hallie and 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 and 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 inform their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in San Francisco, which later reunites the divorced pair and sends them back into remarriage with each other. Written by The hotel was in San Francisco hence the Golden Gate Bridge

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jena Malone turned down Lindsay Lohan's role three times. See more »

Goofs

When Annie says good-bye to her butler, she says she'll see him in 8 weeks. When Annie is driving back home with her father she says camp was 8 weeks long. However, when Hallie is talking to her mother at the dinner table, Elizabeth says camp was 6 weeks long. See more »

Quotes

Annie as Hallie: [after a discussion about how Annie as Hallie seems different to Chessy] Chessy, I changed a lot over the summer, that's all.
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: OK, but if I didn't know any better, I'd say it's almost like you were... forget it, it's impossible.
Annie as Hallie: Almost if I were who, Chessy?
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: Nobody, nobody, forget I mentioned it.
Annie as Hallie: Almost if I were - Annie?
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: [slowly turning around] You know about Annie?
Annie as Hallie: [dropping her "Hallie" accent] I... *am* Annie.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, it says "A Nancy Meyers/Charles Shyer Film," even though only the former is the director. See more »

Alternate Versions

A version shown on the Disney channel also edits the piercing scene as well as the the following two scenes:
  • When Annie says "Oh my God! Oh my God" in reference to her father's house;
  • When Hallie, in London, tastes the wine and says that she prefers the softer California grape.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Kamp Krustier (2017) See more »

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Happy Club
Written by Bob Geldof and Karl Wallinger
Performed by Bob Geldof
Courtesy of Polydor Records and Mercury Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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I was skeptical at first, but this really was an adorable movie
30 August 1999 | by SwingKid-11See 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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USA | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Parent Trap See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,148,497, 2 August 1998

Gross USA:

$66,308,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,108,518
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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