Trivia / The Parent Trap

Both movies

  • ...But I Play One on TV: These movies have convinced a fair number of people, mainly children, that Hayley Mills and/or Lindsay Lohan actually has a twin. Understandable for the 1961 version, since the Double Vision technique was new at the time.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Natasha Richardson at the time was known mainly for playing Ice Queen characters. This ended up being the role a good amount of people would associate her with.
    • Brian Keith, before his move to more family comedy media, was known for his tough guy roles in Westerns. Something that this film plays with. He was incredibly nervous about the film, because he'd never done comedy before.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: All versions have the twins played by one actress. Of these movies, the only one that doesn't use Double Vision is Hibari's Lullaby (which avoids any shot in which the girls are both visible).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The technique used to film both girls at once was new in The '60s, so Walt Disney was skeptical, and wanted two separate girls in the lead, until he saw how well it worked. What's more is that there were to be only a few shots where both girls were on-screen together - utilising body doubles and trick photography. However when Walt saw how well the Double Vision looked, more shots using the effect were put in.
    • The director wanted to cut the part where the cake falls on Miss Inch, but Walt Disney insisted he leave it in.
    • Mara Wilson auditioned to play both girls in the remake but was deemed too young for the role. Scarlet Johansson also auditioned. Another actress in consideration was Michelle Trachtenberg - and she even has the same birthday as the girls in the movie (October 11th).
    • Among the titles considered for the first film were 'His & Hers', 'Susan & I', 'We Belong Together', 'For Now, For Always' and 'Petticoats & Blue Jeans'. They also held a contest to see if someone could come up with a better name - but it was Walt Disney himself who came up with 'The Parent Trap'.


  • Blooper: When Susan puts her hands on her head during the last verse of "Let's Get Together", her left arm disappears as it crosses Sharon's side of the screen.
  • The Danza: Sort of. Hayley Mills's double was Susan Henning, same name as one of the girls.
  • Fake American: Hayley Mills as both girls; one Bostonian, one Californian.
  • Genius Bonus: "Alexander Graham" in Sharon's telegram refers to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Surpsisingly, only the grandfather seems to get the meaning behind it.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: In 2005, Disney released the first two movies on DVDnote , but not the last two.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The Hayley Mills Version had a Novelization of the Disney film version of the original novel, including a section of photos from the movie in the center of the book.
  • Sequel Gap: The original was released in 1961. The second movie came along in 1986. The third and fourth movies both came out in 1989.


  • Creator Cameo: The man marrying the parents in the opening is played by the DOP Dean Cundey.
  • Dawson Casting: The opening of the film (see below) helps gauge Nick's age as 35 or 36. Dennis Quaid was 44, a full ten years older than Natasha Richardson.
  • Deleted Scene: A rather lengthy one after Hallie arrives in London, bordering on Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. She and Martin pass by Buckingham Palace and Hallie insists on being allowed to go and see it. Predictably she tries to make the guard laugh - and then meets the Queen. Although Nancy Meyers went to a lot of work to get the scene shot, it was cut for pacing problems.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Lindsay Lohan had her ears pierced for the role. Averted with Annie's haircut though, as she just wore extensions whenever there was a scene that required Annie's long hair. It was the other way round in the original, where the long hair was the real one and the short hair was the wig.
  • Fake Brit: Linsday Lohan as the English twin Annie. Hallie is an in-universe example as she tries to impersonate Annie.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the opening of the movie, you can see from the marriage licence that the parents were married on the 8th January 1986. Nick's occupation is listed as 'Viticulturist', while Elizabeth's is 'Artist'. It also tells us the ages of the parents - Nick is 24 and Elizabeth 23.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Elaine Hendrix is the complete opposite of Meredith Blake and her many other roles; Hendrix is sweet, friendly, and child loving.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailer shows cut footage of the twins wishing on a star from two different countries.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • In the remake, the boy who shows up at the all-girls' camp is Linsday Lohan's brother Michael. Additionally her mother and the rest of her siblings are background extras in the scene where Hallie meets Martin at the airport.
    • Nancy Meyers's own twin daughters (after whom the girls in the movie are named) also cameo in the remake. Hallie is the girl at the camp asking where the Navajo bunk is (and her character is called Lindsay as a further Casting Gag). Annie is the girl who brings the parents a first aid kit after Nick has fallen into the pool.
  • Remake Cameo: Joanna Barnes, who plays the evil girlfriend in the original movie, plays said girlfriend's mother in the remake. Both times the character is called Vicky.
  • Romance on the Set: Simon Kunz (Martin the James' butler) and Lisa Ann Walter (Chessy, the Parker's housekeeper) started dating in real life after this film.
  • Star-Making Role: For Lindsay Lohan, though she starred in two TV movies before following it up with her next hit Freaky Friday (2003).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The movie gets dated to the 90s in a couple of small ways. Hallie has a poster of Leonardo Di Caprio at a time when he was best known as a teen heartthrob from Titanic (1997). Hallie also mentions the concorde - a high speed jet travel that had its heyday in the 90s. Doing the math from the opening (which takes place in 1986) dates the movie to its release date of 1997.
  • What Could Have Been: An early draft of the script gave the twins an unusual connection - a sort of electric shock that occurred when the twins touched each other. Disturbingly, the first time this was to happen would have been when the two 11-year-olds were showering, and one of them dropped the soap.