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Template:Infobox filmThe Parent Trap is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is a remake of the 1961 film.

Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson star as a divorced couple who separated shortly after their identical twin daughters' birth. Lindsay Lohan stars (in her film debut) as twins sisters, Hallie Parker and Annie James, who are fortuitously reunited at summer camp after being split up by their parents' divorce. The story is comparable to that of the 1936 Deanna Durbin film Three Smart Girls.[6] Swift is credited along with Meyers and Shyer as co-writers of the 1998 version.


In 1986, American winery owner Nicholas "Nick" Parker (Dennis Quaid) and British wedding gown designer Elizabeth "Liz" James (Natasha Richardson) meet, fall in love, and get married during an ocean cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2. After the birth of their identical twin daughters, Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan in a dual role), they get divorced and they each take one of them - Elizabeth takes Annie and returns with her to London, England, and Nick keeps Hallie in Napa Valley, California. As a result, Annie grows up speaking British English while Hallie grows up speaking American English.

Eleven years and nine months later in the summer of 1998, Nick and Elizabeth unknowingly send their daughters to Camp Walden, a girls' summer camp in Maine. When Annie and Hallie meet, they take an immediate dislike to one another. After pranks and a fight, the camp director punishes them by isolating them in an isolation bunkhouse and an isolation table until camp is over. They eventually talk to each other and discover that they have half of a photograph of their parents. After putting them together and seeing that they matched, they discover that they are long-long twin sisters and they decide to switch places to meet and get to know the parents and never had and bring them back together. Hallie gives Annie her haircut, pierces her ears, and they learn to imitate each other's accents while taking a crash course getting to know each other and learning how to be each other. When camp is over, Annie gives Hallie her passport so she can go to London, England to meet their mother, and Annie goes to Napa Valley, California to meet their father.

Hallie arrives in London, England imitating Annie's British accent, and meets their mother, their grandfather, Charles (Ronnie Stevens) and Martin (Simon Kunz) the butler.

Annie arrives in Napa Valley, California imitating Hallie's American accent and meets their father, Chessy (Lisa Ann Walter) the housekeeper, and Sammy the dog (who barks in a panic because her scent is different from Hallie's). After learning that their father met a child-hating golddigger named Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix), Annie calls Hallie to warn her about it. Annie eventually tells Chessy in truth about the switch in her British accent, and Chessy cries happy tears. Sammy the dog gets to know Annie and eventually comes to like her while still missing Hallie.

When Nick tells Annie he wants to marry Meredith, she gets extremely upset, and calls Hallie again. Unfortunately, their grandfather follows Hallie to a phone booth, and the two of them talk after she hangs up the phone. When they return home, Hallie tells Elizabeth the truth about the switch in her American accent, and she's shocked and is overjoyed to see Hallie again. After they talk, Elizabeth's bedroom door opens, and Martin is crying happy tears after their grandfather tells him the truth, while trying not to laugh.

Annie and Hallie plot to reunite Elizabeth and Nick by falsely telling Elizabeth that Nick wants to meet her in San Francisco. Elizabeth has Martin accompany her and Hallie on the trip to San Francisco. At a hotel, Meredith and her parents wait for Nick's arrival, and he shows up with Annie in Disguise, Chessy, and Sammy the dog, saying that it was Hallie's idea. Afterward, Hallie, Elizabeth, and Martin arrive at the hotel, with Elizabeth getting drunk after drinking vodka for the first time in her life! Sammy the dog eventually locates Hallie's scent and runs right to her, jumping over a hurdle, and into the elevator and into Hallie's arms. Annie and Chessy then see Elizabeth, and after realizing she's drunk, Annie tells Chessy she's only has one glass of wine in her entire life!

While in another elevator with Meredith, Nick sees Elizabeth, and at first, he thought he was dreaming while the elevator door closed. In another hotel room, while Elizabeth is recovering from drunkenness, she talks to the twins about what's going on, and Martin and Chessy meet for the first time. At first, Chessy is shocked to see Martin only wearing a men's bikini, since he wanted to go swimming, and Martin is smitten with Chessy and kisses her hand. Later, Nick sees Elizabeth again, and he accidentally falls into the hotel swimming pool. After getting out of the pool, Nick is shocked, but happy to see Elizabeth again, and she tells Nick about the twins switching places on them, and that Hallie was in London, England with her, and Nick was overjoyed to see Annie again. After Meredith learns about the twins, she can't believe that Nick left out that detail about his life, and Hallie introduces her to Annie. Meredith is even more surprised that Elizabeth was their mother and she and Nick were married to each other.

That night, the twins try to recreate their parents' first date, but they fail to get Elizabeth to fall in love with Nick all over again. They resort to a last-ditch effort by demanding a family camping trip, and refusing to reveal which twin is which until after they return. Elizabeth tricks Meredith into taking in her place on the camping trip to give her a chance to get to know the girls. During the trip, Annie and Hallie pull pranks on Meredith, and the next morning, Meredith wakes up in the middle of the lake on an air mattress with a bird chirping on her. She screams: "Nicky!" and her voice echoes throughout the mountains. She stands on the air mattress and falls into the water. Afterward, she gives Nick an ultimatum: It's either her or the girls. Nick finally sees Meredith for what she really is, and he chooses the girls. Meredith then throws a screaming fit, breaks off the engagement and cancels the wedding.

After returning home, the twins tell Elizabeth: "We're grounded until the end of the century." Nick looks at the engagement ring in his hand and tells Elizabeth: "I have to remember to thank them one day." Afterward, Nick and Elizabeth realize they still have feelings for each other, but Elizabeth decides that it's best to go their own separate ways. Hallie and Annie are devastated, and the next morning, Elizabeth and Annie board a flight to London, England, but when they arrive home, they find Nick and Hallie waiting for them after taking a faster flight on Concorde. Nick then tells Elizabeth he realizes he made a mistake not going after her after she left him. Elizabeth gives in, and they kiss, and Hallie and Annie are overjoyed.

Nick and Elizabeth are then shown in a wedding photo of their remarriage aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, with more pictures of Annie and Hallie as bridesmaids, along with their grandfather, and Martin proposing marriage to Chessy.

Cast and characters[]

Lindsay Lohan as Hallie Parker and Annie James, eleven-year-old twin sisters who were split up by their parents' divorce.

  • Dennis Quaid as Nicholas "Nick" Parker, Annie and Hallie's father, a wealthy American winemaker
  • Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth "Liz" James, Annie and Hallie's mother, a wealthy British wedding gown designer
  • Simon Kunz as Martin, Charles James' butler
  • Ronnie Stevens as Charles James, Annie and Hallie's grandfather
  • Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy, Nick Parker's housekeeper
  • J. Patrick McCormack as Les Blake, Meredith's father
  • Joanna Barnes as Vicky Blake, Meredith's mother
  • Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake, a 26-year-old publicist and a child-hating golddigger who only wants to marry Nick for his money and send the twins to a boarding school in Switzerland
  • Polly Holliday as Marva Kulp Sr., the owner and manager of Camp Walden.
  • Maggie Wheeler as Marva Kulp Jr., Marva Kulp Sr.'s daughter and assistant.

Lindsay's mother, Dina, and siblings, Michael, Ali and Cody, all appear in uncredited cameos at the airport. Michael also appears in the movie as a boy who accidentally winds up at Camp Walden, mistaking it for a boys' camp. Erin Mackey was Lindsay's stunt double for Annie and Hallie. 

Joanna Barnes, who in the original 1961 film played Vicky Robinson, a child-hating gold-digger who wanted to marry Mitch Evers for his money, appears in this film as Vicky Blake, the mother of a child-hating golddigger, Meredith Blake.

The characters of Marva Kulp Sr. and Marva Kulp Jr. were most likely named after actress Nancy Kulp, who played the head camp counselor in the original film 37 years earlier. The scene where Nick sees Elizabeth and leans over in the elevator is a repeat of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne's classic scene from My Favorite Wife.

Lindsay's mother, Dina, and siblings, Michael, Ali and Cody, all appear in uncredited cameos at the airport. Michael also appears in the movie as a boy who accidentally winds up at Camp Walden, mistaking it for a boys' camp.

Joanna Barnes appeared in the original 1961 film as Vicki Robinson, the gold digger who is planning to marry the girls' father for his money.

The characters of Marva Kulp, Sr. and Marva Kulp, Jr. were most likely named after actress Nancy Kulp, who played the camp counselor in the original 1961 film.

The scene where Nick sees Elizabeth and leans over in the elevator is a repeat of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne's classic scene from My Favorite Wife.


Principal photography started on July 15, 1997, in London, United Kingdom, and continued in Napa Valley, San Francisco, Lake Arrowhead, and Los Angeles, California.[1]


The song used in the opening sequence in which glimpses of Nick and Elizabeth's first wedding is seen is Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E". The song used in the end credits, in which photos of Nick and Elizabeth's second wedding is seen, is his daughter Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)".

The instrumental music featured prominently in the hotel scene where the girls and their parents cross paths serendipitously is "In the Mood", which was previously made famous by the Glenn Miller band. Later in the hotel, Hallie sings a few bars of "Let's Get Together", a tune from the first version of the film that was a hit for its star, Hayley Mills. The song is also quoted over the Walt Disney Pictures logo, and at the end of Alan Silvestri's closing credits suite.

When Hallie shows up at Annie's poker game at Camp Walden, the music used is "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The background song heard in the campfire scene is "How Bizarre" by the music group OMC.


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  1. "L-O-V-E" – Nat King Cole
  2. "Do You Believe in Magic" – The Lovin' Spoonful
  3. "There She Goes" – The La's
  4. "Top of the World" – Shonen Knife
  5. "Here Comes the Sun" – Bob Khaleel
  6. "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" – Linda Ronstadt
  7. "Soulful Strut" – Young-Holt Unlimited
  8. "Never Let You Go" – Jakaranda
  9. "Bad to the Bone" – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  10. "The Happy Club" – Bob Geldof
  11. "Suite from The Parent Trap" – Alan Silvestri
  12. "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)Natalie Cole
  13. "Dream Come True" – Ta-Gana
  14. "Groovin'" – Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution
  15. "Let's Get Together" – Nobody's Angel

Film score[]

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  1. "The Disney Logo"
  2. "Suite from The Parent Trap"
  3. "Annie and Martin"
  4. "Shake Hands, Girls"
  5. "Like Twins"
  6. "Changes"
  7. "Hallie Meets Mom"
  8. "Annie Meets Dad"
  9. "Vineyard Suite"
  10. "I Am Annie"
  11. "Dad's Getting Married"
  12. "Hallie Breaks the News"
  13. "You'll Kill in It"
  14. "Table for Two"
  15. "She's Gone"
  16. "Where Dreams Have No End"
  17. "Final Battle"
  18. "We Actually Did It"
  19. "Finale"


Critical response[]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 86% approval rating with an average rating of 6.8/10 based on 50 reviews. The website's consensus states: "Writer-director Nancy Meyers takes the winning formula of the 1961 original and gives it an amiable modern spin, while young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakout role."[2] Metacritic gave the film a score of 64/100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[3]

Siskel and Ebert gave the film "two thumbs up".Template:Citation needed Critic Kenneth Turan called Lindsay Lohan "the soul of this film as much as Hayley Mills was of the original", going on to say that "she is more adept than her predecessor at creating two distinct personalities".[4]

Template:Anchor Lohan won a Young Artist Award for best performance in a feature film.[5][6][7]

Box office[]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $11,148,497 in 2,247 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office, behind Saving Private Ryan. By the end of its run, The Parent Trap grossed $66,308,518 domestically and $25,800,000 internationally, totaling $92,108,518 worldwide.[8] The film was released in the United Kingdom on December 11, 1998, and opened on #3, behind Rush Hour and The Mask of Zorro.[9]

Deleted scenes[]

The scene slots between Hallie and Martin meeting at Heathrow Airport, and Hallie meeting her mother and grandfather. Hallie is in a limo and they come across Buckingham Palace. She gets out and tries to get one of the guards to move. The guards then crowd around in formation as Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom exits Buckingham Palace in a car. The window rolls down and Hallie speaks to the Queen, getting confused with 'Your Highness' or 'Your Majesty' or whether to curtsy. The Queen promises not to tell a soul and moves off. Director Nancy Meyers had a difficult time getting the uniforms, location, and an actress to play the Queen. The scene was deleted due to pacing problems.

Another deleted scene appears in the trailer that debuted in 1998. The scene shows Hallie standing out on the deck of her vineyard-estate house. She sees a shooting star and sings the rhyme "Starlight, Starbright". Annie appears standing outside her window, too.

In the original draft of the script, many scenes are altered or deleted. An extended ear-piercing scene is in. While putting the needle through Annie's ear, Hallie screams and passes out. Annie gently smacks Hallie in the face, trying to wake her up. After Hallie wakes up, she asks Annie, "Are you bleeding to death? Did it hurt?" Annie tells her no to both questions and shows Hallie the needle again, and tells her to finish with the other because she (Annie) will not go through life with just one pierced ear. Hallie passes out again.[10]

In an extended scene, Elizabeth delves further into why she and Nick did not stay together long. She says, "I tried living in California, he tried living in London...". Hallie replies, "So you broke up?" Elizabeth tells Hallie that she and Annie were the best thing about the whole situation and they continue to stroll down the streets of London.

There is an extended ending where Hallie tells Annie: "You guys are going to love living in California." To which Annie replies: "California? You guys are going to love living in London." Then Hallie replies "London?" In the front yard, Sammy is barking to the poodle next door as Chessy and Martin are kissing and Charles is getting home.


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  10. Continuity photos of this scene exist, so it can be assumed that some filming took place.

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