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The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection)
The Parent Trap
Vault Disney Collection
Actors: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens
Director: David Swift
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
G     2002     2hr 9min

The daughter of legendary British actor John Mills and novelist Mary Hayley Bell (as well as the sister of actress Juliet Mills), young Hayley Mills broke the surface of fame at the tender age of 12, starring opposite her ...  more »


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Actors: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens
Director: David Swift
Creators: Lucien Ballard, David Swift, Philip W. Anderson, George Golitzen, Erich Kästner
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Classics, Family Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/07/2002
Original Release Date: 06/21/1961
Theatrical Release Date: 06/21/1961
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 51
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/5/2008...
I think the funny thing about this movie is Hayley Mills. She was a good little actress in her time, but she did make little goofs. Disney didn't bother to edit some of her little mistakes (mostly goofing up words or forgetting a line in a song) so it makes the movie actually seem natural.

It is a sweet story, and I love the ending. I also love Maureen O'Hara in her motherly role! GOOD STORY and better than the modern one.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Classic Charmer
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 09/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although the split-screen technique had been around for a decade or so, it was usually more noted for its failures than its success, and the actor required to play dual roles usually took tremendous heat for their failure to create two physically identical but distinctly different characterizations on screen. But with THE PARENT TRAP, with the difficult dual role resting on the shoulders of an extremely young star, Walt Disney struck gold. It would be the single highest grossing film the studio had released up to that time, and even some forty years later the baby-boomers who flocked to see it in 1961 regard it as one of their favorite movie experiences.But THE PARENT TRAP has a lot more going for it than mere nostalgia. The cast is really, really good, featuring the ever-likable Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in leading roles and a host of great character actors (including Leo G. Carroll and Nancy Kulp) in minor roles. And then there is Haley Mills. The daughter and sister of noted English actors, Mills was no newcomer to the screen when THE PARENT TRAP went before the cameras--she had even picked up an Oscar for her earlier Disney film POLLYANNA. Even so, this was no guarantee that she could pull off the feat of double roles, something that had daunted even the legendary Bette Davis. But she did.The story has been told so often that surely every one knows it by now. A wife delivers twin daughters--but shortly afterward divorces her husband, and each wins custody of one child. The children are raised without any knowledge of each other's existence... until they unexpectedly bump into each other at summer camp, put two and two together, and devise a scheme to get their parents back together again.Even today, and in spite of its familiarity, it's an amusing idea, and while the actual script is weak in spots the cast, and especially Haley Mills, makes the most of it. There's plenty of slapstick, lots of laugh-out-loud scenes, and enough charm to beguile all but the most cynical viewers. And Haley Mills clearly demonstrates why she was regarded as the single most gifted child actor of her era: although she plays both Susan and Sharon with the same edge of mischievous fun, they do indeed come off as completely different personalities.Of course, digital technology has left the old split-screen technique in the dust, and today its easy to see the flaws in the technique that weren't so obvious at the time. And the quality of the film transfer is not the best: while this isn't the worst transfer I've seen, it is full of artifacts nonetheless. Even so, the appeal of the story, the cast, and most particularly Haley Mills make up for a lot, and this Disney double DVD comes complete with a host of bonuses (including a making-of documentary and an audio commentary track by director David Swift and Haley Mills) that fans will enjoy quite a bit.If you were a fan of the film then, you'll remain a fan of it now. And if you want to introduce your family to a truly charming movie experience, you couldn't make a better choice.--GFT (Amazon Reviewer)--"
Simply a Winner
Jason | Tennessee, United States | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Parent Trap is, by far, my favorite movie. I couldn't tell you exactly how many times I've seen it, but it would probably be somewhere around 300 times. I know it word for word, and can actually quote the movie for someone at any time, which I have done quite a bit, along with my sister, Jennifer. The Parent Trap stars Hayley Mills playing twin daughters of a divorced couple (Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara). The girls, who have long been separated, meet accidentally for the first time at summer camp. After discovering they are long-lost twin sisters, the two concoct an outrageous scheme to switch places in an effort to get their parents back together. Personally, I don't like the new Parent Trap. The old one is just... classic. Although, I have done a "survey" with my friend, Elizabeth (another fan of the old one), and found that kids born from 1990 and up seem to like the new Parent Trap better than the old one, while it's opposite with people born from 1989 and below. No matter how old you are, however, I know you'll love The Parent Trap (1961). I highly recommend it to you. Feel free to e-mail me at and tell me your thoughts on the movie or my review."
Disney Shines With Their Classics!
Sallie A. Martin | OK | 05/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Disney is finally becoming smart and are releasing their classics for the first time on DVD.
I was very impressed with the Parent Trap 2 cd set. The commentary between the director David Swift and star Hayley Mills was VERY interesting. Hayley talks about how difficult it was playing two parts as well as many other pieces of trivia and interesting facts about the movie. The sound is really good since it is THX certified, and the picture is crisp and clear. The behind the scenes documentary is a great plus along with the animated short that is included as well. There is alot more extras than are even listed on the back. There is a jukebox that plays songs from the movie, a documentary on the woman who played Hayley's twin, and much more!
You will want this movie for your collection, because it still has the charm of a Disney classic with a twist of modern technology with TONS of extras included. I was very satisfied with my purchase and I highly recommend that if you like this movie or have it on vhs, get the DVD while you can!"