The Parent Trap (1998 film)

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The Parent Trap
Parenttrapposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNancy Meyers
Produced byCharles Shyer
Screenplay by
Based onLottie and Lisa
by Erich Kästner
Starring
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byStephen A. Rotter
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • July 29, 1998 (1998-07-29) (United States)
  • December 11, 1998 (1998-12-11) (United Kingdom)
Running time
128 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[2][3]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[4]
Box office$92.1 million[5]

The 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 of the same name and an adaptation of Erich Kästner's German novel Lottie and Lisa (Das doppelte Lottchen).

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 both twins, Hallie Parker and Annie James, who are fortuitously reunited at summer camp after being separated at birth. David Swift wrote the screenplay for the original 1961 film based on Lottie and Lisa. 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.

Plot[edit]

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), they get divorced and each has custody of one girl. Nick raises Hallie in Napa Valley, California and Elizabeth raises Annie in London, England.

Eleven years and nine months later in the summer of 1998, Nick and Elizabeth coincidentally send their daughters to Camp Walden, a girls sleep away camp in Maine. Annie and Hallie, who do not know each other, take an immediate dislike to one another. After a fight of pranks, they are isolated together as punishment until camp is over. They eventually discover that they are twins and hatch a plan for each to meet the parent they have never met. Hallie imitates Annie's British accent and flies to London to meet their mother, grandfather, Charles (Ronnie Stevens) and Martin (Simon Kunz) the butler. Annie imitates Hallie's American accent and flies to Napa Valley to meet their father, Chessy (Lisa Ann Walter) the housekeeper, and Sammy the dog. After discovering that their father is engaged to child-hating, gold-digger Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix), Annie and Hallie plot to reunite Elizabeth and Nick by falsely telling Elizabeth that Nick wants to meet her in San Francisco. Chessy, Martin, and Charles discover the girls' secret plan. Nick is shocked, but delighted to see Elizabeth after so many years. Meanwhile, Chessy and Martin are growing romantically attracted to each other. Despite the girls' best efforts, which include recreating the night their parents met, they fail to reunite Nick and Elizabeth. They resort to a last-ditch effort by demanding a three-day family camping trip, refusing to reveal which twin is which until after they return. Elizabeth tricks Meredith into taking in her place on the camping trip. Annie and Hallie play a number of pranks on Meredith, who becomes enraged after waking up in the middle of the lake on her air mattress and gives Nick an ultimatum; choose either the girls or her. Nick, finally seeing Meredith for who she truly is, chooses the girls over Meredith, but being a responsible father, still punishes them for their mischief.

Nick and Elizabeth realize they still have feelings for one another, but decide it is better to go their separate ways. Elizabeth and Annie later board a flight for London, but when they arrive, they find Nick and Hallie waiting for them (them having taken a faster flight on Concorde). Nick realizes his previous mistake was not going after Elizabeth when she left him, and proposes to her. Photos show Nick and Elizabeth getting remarried aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, with Annie and Hallie as bridesmaids, and Martin proposing to Chessy.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Lindsay Lohan as Hallie Parker and Annie James, eleven-year-old twin sisters who were separated after birth. Following their parents' divorce, they were raised separately with no knowledge of each other's existence -- until they meet at summer camp by chance.
  • 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, the James family's butler, who falls in love with Chessy.
  • Ronnie Stevens as Charles James, Elizabeth's father and Annie and Hallie's maternal grandfather. After he catches Hallie on the phone with Annie, she tells him about switching places.
  • Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy, the Parker family's housekeeper, who meets and falls in love with Martin. She also discovers that "Hallie" is actually Annie after noticing her strange behavior.
  • J. Patrick McCormack as Les Blake, Meredith's father.
  • Joanna Barnes as Vicki Blake, Meredith's mother.
  • Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake, a 26-year-old publicist and child-hating gold-digger who is planning to marry Nick.
  • 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 Vicki Robinson, child-hating gold-digger who wanted to marry the girls' father for his money, appears in this film as Vicki Blake, the mother of child-hating gold-digger Meredith. 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 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.

Production[edit]

Principal photography started on July 15, 1997, in London, United Kingdom, and continued in Napa Valley AVA, San Francisco, Lake Arrowhead, and Los Angeles, California.[7]

Music[edit]

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.

The tune playing as Hallie and Annie are making their way up to the Isolation Cabin is the main theme from "The Great Escape" by Elmer Bernstein.

Soundtrack[edit]

The Parent Trap
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 28, 1998
Length54:08
LabelHollywood
The Parent Trap (Original Soundtrack)
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording artistLength
1."L-O-V-E"Bert Kaempfert; Milt GablerNat King Cole2:32
2."Do You Believe in Magic"John SebastianThe Lovin' Spoonful2:05
3."There She Goes"Lee MaversThe La's2:43
4."Top of the World"Fred Busby; John BettisShonen Knife3:56
5."Here Comes the Sun"George HarrisonBob Khaleel3:08
6."(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"Deek Watson; William BestLinda Ronstadt3:44
7."Soulful Strut"Eugene Record; Sonny SandersYoung-Holt Unlimited3:00
8."Never Let You Go"Christian Berman; Frank Berman; Gabriel Gilbert; Jeff Coplan; Matthias Hass; Nick Laird-ClowesJakaranda3:07
9."Bad to the Bone"George ThorogoodGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers4:49
10."The Happy Club"Bob Geldof; Karl WallingerBob Geldof4:05
11."Suite from The Parent Trap"Alan Silvestri 7:13
12."This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"Chuck Jackson; Marvin YancyNatalie Cole2:49
13."Dream Come True[1]"Milton DavisTa-Gana3:50
14."Groovin'[2]"Eddie Brigati; Felix CavalierePato Banton & The Reggae Revolution3:50
15."Let's Get Together[3]"Richard M. Sherman; Robert B. ShermanNobody's Angel3:08
Total length:54:08

Film score[edit]

The Parent Trap
Film score by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1998
Length39:46
LabelHollywood
Alan Silvestri chronology
The Odd Couple II
(1998)
''The Parent Trap
(1998)
Practical Magic
(1998)

All tracks written by Alan Silvestri.

The Parent Trap (Original Score)
No.TitleLength
1."The Disney Logo"0:16
2."Suite from The Parent Trap"7:12
3."Annie and Martin"1:00
4."Shake Hands, Girls"0:34
5."Like Twins"3:39
6."Changes"2:41
7."Hallie Meets Mom"3:43
8."Annie Meets Dad"2:11
9."Vineyard Suite"1:38
10."I Am Annie"1:17
11."Dad's Getting Married"1:01
12."Hallie Breaks the News"1:49
13."You'll Kill in It"0:53
14."Table for Two"1:51
15."She's Gone"2:05
16."Where Dreams Have No End"2:18
17."We Actually Did It"1:38
18."Finale"3:52
Total length:39:46

Notes[edit]

1.^ Not featured in the motion picture.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

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."[8] Metacritic gave the film a score of 64/100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[9]

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert each gave the film three stars.[10] 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".[11]

Lohan won a Young Artist Award for best performance in a feature film.[12][13][14]

Box office[edit]

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.[5] The film was released in the United Kingdom on December 11, 1998, and opened on #3, behind Rush Hour and The Mask of Zorro.[15]

Deleted scenes[edit]

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 "Star Light, Star Bright". 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 earlobe, 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.[16]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Parent Trap: 128 minutes (Starz 01/2010 Schedule, Page 4)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 26, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Parent Trap". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The Parent Trap (1998)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ Knott, Matthew Hammett (May 29, 2014). "Heroines of Cinema: These 10 Female Filmmakers Prove Why Hollywood Studios Should Change Their Tune | IndieWire". IndieWire. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "The Parent Trap (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  6. ^ Kawano, Kelley (June 26, 2012). "Let's Get Together: An In-Depth Look at the Ongoing Appeal of Hayley Mills' 'The Parent Trap'". Wordandfilm.com. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Parent Trap - Production Notes - About the locations". CinemaReview.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "The Parent Trap (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-parent-trap
  10. ^ Siskel, Gene (July 31, 1998). "Parent Trap Repeat a Worthy Trip". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
       Ebert, Roger (July 29, 1998). "The Parent Trap". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kenneth Turan: The Parent Trap". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 1998. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Celebrity Central: Lindsay Lohan". People.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
  13. ^ "Lindsay Lohan: Biography: Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "20th Annual Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  15. ^ "Weekend box office 11th December 1998 - 13th December 1998". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ Continuity photos of this scene exist, so it can be assumed that some filming took place.

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