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Encyclopedia > The Parent Trap (1998 film)
The Parent Trap

Original Theatrical Poster
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Produced by Charles Shyer
Bruce A. Block (co-producer)
Julie B. Crane (associate producer)
Written by David Swift
Nancy Meyers
Charles Shyer
Erich Kästner (story)
Starring Dennis Quaid
Natasha Richardson
Lindsay Lohan
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Stephen A. Rotter
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) July 29, 1998
Running time 127 min. (approx.)
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Gross revenue $92,108,518 (worldwide)
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Parent Trap is a (1998) family film remake of 1961's The Parent Trap. This remake is directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, and features Lindsay Lohan in her feature film debut. The story is based on Erich Kästner's novel Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen). The plot involves a pair of twins who have been separated at birth and, upon meeting by chance, decide to work together to reunite their divorced parents. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 404 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (580 × 860 pixel, file size: 85 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Erich Kästner (February 23, 1899 - July 29, 1974) is one of the most famous German authors of the 20th century. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ... Natasha Jane Richardson (born May 11, 1963 in London), is a Tony Award-winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, an enduring theatrical dynasty. ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Alan Silvestri (b. ... Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... A family film is a film genre that, like a childrens film, is suitable for young children, but with the difference that a family film has been carefully written, directed, cast and acted so that it will appeal to all members of a typical family (or if not typical... See also: 1960 in film 1961 1962 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events Last Year at Marienbad (Lannée dernière à Marienbad) released Top grossing films North America The Guns of Navarone Exodus The Parent Trap The Absent-Minded Professor The Alamo Swiss Family Robinson... This is the first film in a series. ... Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ... Natasha Jane Richardson (born May 11, 1963 in London), is a Tony Award-winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, an enduring theatrical dynasty. ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Erich Kästner (February 23, 1899 - July 29, 1974) is one of the most famous German authors of the 20th century. ... Lottie and Lisa (original German title Das doppelte Lottchen The duplicated Lottie) is a 1949 novel by Erich Kästner, which originally started out during WWII as an aborted movie scenario, about twin girls separated at birth who meet at a summer camp. ...

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Synopsis

Hallie Parker is an 11 year old girl growing up in the Napa Valley with her father, Nicholas "Nick" Parker, a successful vineyard owner and a viticulturist. Her twin sister, Annie James, is a Londoner living with her wedding-gown-designer mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" James. Neither knows that the other exists.


By coincidence, Hallie and Annie are both sent to Camp Walden in to spend the summer. At first, the two are fervent rivals who share an allergy to strawberries, great skill at the game of poker, and the ability to produce imaginative mischief. When this mischief, perpetrated against each other, causes the camp supervisors to isolate the two, Hallie and Annie soon discover the secret that had been kept from them. While still exiled from mainstream camp activity, they work on a plan to switch places at the end of summer, so each twin will be able to get to know the parent they were separated from.


The plan is successful. Hallie goes to England, where she meets her mother, befriends her mother's trusted servant Martin (who is a friend of Annie's), and becomes acquainted with her grandfather. Hallie assumes her sister's identity and experiences that which Annie would have experienced.


Annie, who has joined Nick in Napa Valley and assumed Hallie's place, learns that their father plans to soon marry his ambitious young publicist, Meredith Blake, who has designs on his considerable fortune. Annie contacts Hallie to reveal the new situation, forcing both girls to speed up their plan to get their parents to meet.


In London, Hallie reveals her true identity to their mother, Elizabeth, and tells her that Nick wants to meet them at a Californian hotel. In fact, Nick has no idea that Elizabeth is present until they finally cross paths. At the hotel, the entire story is revealed.


Nick and Elizabeth are of the belief that a reunion would be difficult, despite their daughters' efforts to recreate the former attachment between them; therefore they plan to return to their separate homes, each bringing a daughter with them, though both girls will be able to visit either parent. Hallie and Annie disapprove of this plan, and insist that Nick take both of them to the promised annual camping trip. Nick and Elizabeth go along, partly because the twins have refused to reveal which one is Hallie and which one Annie until the trip is complete.


Nick, Hallie, Annie, and Meredith go camping; Meredith at the insistence of Lizzie, who seems to believe that she must henceforth share the role of a mother. Literally behind Nick's back, the twins play tricks on Meredith, taking advantage of her callowness and lack of self-control. Eventually, an enraged and wet Meredith orders Nick to choose between marriage to her and the companionship of his daughters; Nick chooses the latter. The twins are relieved, believing that now their parents are able to reunite; to their dismay, Elizabeth insists that she and Annie return to London.


As soon as Elizabeth and Annie arrive at their home, they are greeted by Nick and Hallie, who had made haste to reach London first. Nick explains to Elizabeth that he had erred in letting her leave him before, and will not do so again. The final credits feature photographs of the second wedding between Nick and Elizabeth, now with the twins in tow. Photographs also appear that feature the marriage between Elizabeth's butler Martin and Nick's caretaker Chessie, both of whom had played supporting roles in the story.


Cast

Lohan as both twins

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Minor role casting

The lost boy who shows up at the girls camp is played by Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's brother. When Hallie arrives in London and meets Martin at the airport, Lindsay Lohan's mother can be seen holding her brother, Dakota. Beside her is Lindsay's other brother Michael and sister Aliana. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Production

The twins in this version are named after director Nancy Meyers's and producer Charles Shyer's daughters Annie Meyers-Shyer and Hallie Meyers-Shyer, both of whom have small parts in the movie. Hallie is playing a girl at camp at the beginning who asks where the Navajo bunk is, and Annie is playing the towel girl at the hotel, who brings Elizabeth the first aid kit. Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Charles Shyer (born on 11 October 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American film director, writer and producer. ...


Soundtrack

The song used in the opening sequence in which glimpses of Elizabeth and Nick'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 Elizabeth and Nick's second wedding is seen, is his daughter Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)". Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950), known professionally as Natalie Cole, is an American singer and songwriter. ...


The instrumental music featured prominently in the hotel scene where the twins and their parents cross paths serendipitously is "In the Mood", which was previously made famous by the Glenn Miller band. This article is about the big band-era song popularized by Glenn Miller. ... This article is about the jazz musician. ...


Response

The movie entered the box office charts at number 2 on 31 July 1998. It ended up with a U.S. gross of over $66 million[1] It has made $92,108,518 worldwide[2] is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Versions

A television version of the film, as seen on the Disney Channel, is edited from the theatrical version. The first is when Hallie is piercing Annie's ears, the shot of the needle visibly entering Annie's ear has been cut and replaced with Hallie's reaction shot. Some DVD releases contain this edited version. Another television edit is during the scene when Annie talks with Meredith: Annie's line, "A relationship has to be based on more than just sex" has been removed.


References to original The Parent Trap

As this film is a remake of the 1961 The Parent Trap, it features a number of references to the film it is based on. Among them are: This is the first film in a series. ...

  • The use of the Sherman Brothers song, "Let's Get Together".
  • Meredith talks to Reverend Mosby, a character from the original film, on her cell phone. Similarly, Hallie and Annie use Mildred Plotker as cover names.
  • Actress Joanna Barnes, who played Vicky in the original film, plays Meredith's mother (also named Vicky) in this film.
  • The camp counselors, Marva Kulp Sr. and Jr., are named after Nancy Kulp, who played the younger camp counselor in the original.

This film is pretty much parallel to the original, but with many names and places changed, such as: Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Lets Get Together was a popular song written for the 1961 Disney film, The Parent Trap. ... Joanna Barnes (b. ... Nancy Kulp (center) in The Beverly Hillbillies, along with costars Max Baer, Jr. ...

  • The Mother lives in London, England instead of Boston, Massachusetts, and the Father lives in Napa, California instead of Monterey, California.
  • The housekeeper's name is Chessy, instead of Verbena.
  • The dog is named Sammy, instead of Andromeda.
  • Hallie's horse is named Sprout, where Susan's is Choxley.
  • There is no Ranch Foreman in this movie, since the Parkers live near a Vineyard, where the Evers' in the original lived on a ranch. He was replaced by Martin.
  • Camp Walden instead of Camp Inch.
  • There was no dance at the camp with a boys' camp in this movie.

London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... “Boston” redirects here. ... Napa is the county seat of Napa County, California. ... For other uses, see Monterey (disambiguation). ...

Pop culture reference

After Hallie arrives in London, she and her mother walk across the street together, on the same street, crosswalk, and with the same cars as the Abbey Road album cover. The song "Here Comes The Sun" (written by George Harrison) plays, the screen even pauses while they are walking across. Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

References

  1. ^ The Parent Trap (1998) at TheNumbers.com
  2. ^ The Parent Trap (1998) at BoxOfficeMojo.com
  The Parent Trap film series
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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/The Parent Trap (1998 film) (843 words)
The Parent Trap (1998) is a remake of the original Parent Trap from 1961, starring Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan in her film debut.
The Parent Trap's Camp Walden is based on an existing Camp Crestridge for Girls in North Carolina.
The man who weds the parents at the beginning is played by the film's director of photography, Dean Cundey.
DVDFILE.COM: The Parent Trap (1998) review (851 words)
Each parent retains custody of one daughter from a set of identical twins, Hallie Parker and Annie James (Lindsay Lohan).
Parent Trap was directed by Nancy Meyers and produced by Charles Shyer.
On The Parent Trap, switching to French not only changes the spoken language, but the credits and plaques are transformed into French as well.
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