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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.

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Nancy Meyers

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 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. Written by The hotel was in San Francisco hense 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,308,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,108,518
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film states: "For Hallie" during the final credits, which is a dedication to 'Nancy Meyer''s real-life daughter, Hallie-Meyers Shyer. This is probably because of a pre-existing dedication in the 1987 film Baby Boom (1987), which was directed by Nancy Meyer's husband, Charles Shyer. However, the credits at the end of this film list "For Annie" instead. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Annie is sitting down about to get her hair cut, she obviously has holes in her earlobes, when in fact Hallie pierces Annie's ears after her haircut. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth James: [Martin enters whistling, Elizabeth gasps] Martin! What are you doing?
Martin, the James' Butler: [only sporting a speedo] Going for a dip, madame, do you mind?
Elizabeth James: Uh no no no, that... that's perfectly... perfect. Have fun. Someone ought to.
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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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Referenced in Charmed: Which Prue Is It, Anyway? (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Let You Go
Written by Gilbert Gabriel, Nick Laird Clowes, Frank Berman, Christian Berman, Jeff Coplan, and Matthias Hass
Incorporates elements of "Life In a Northern Town"
Written by Gilbert Gabriel and Nick Laird-Clowes
Performed by Jakaranda
Courtesy of Crave
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Delightful Family Film
25 August 1999 | by DanB-4See 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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