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The Parent Trap [VHS] (1961)

Hayley Mills , Maureen O'Hara , David Swift  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles, Una Merkel
  • Directors: David Swift
  • Writers: David Swift, Erich Kästner
  • Producers: George Golitzen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Distribution Company
  • VHS Release Date: February 4, 1997
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000022WA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hayley Mills is the two-fer star of this original version of the 1961 Disney comedy. The young actress plays twin sisters originally unaware of each others' existence and who later determine to bring their divorced parents together again by secretly trading places. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara bring some adult legitimacy to their roles as the wary parents, Joanna Barnes is a good sport as dad's new and despised girlfriend, and director David Swift makes the whole production sprightly, warm, and fun. --Tom Keogh

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Charmer September 26, 2003
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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Winner December 29, 1999
By Jason
Format:VHS Tape
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 TennVol86@cs.com and tell me your thoughts on the movie or my review.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney Shines With Their Classics! May 8, 2002
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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great job Disney!! January 29, 2003
Now this is the way a classic should be treated. Disney pulled out all the stops for the DVD's in their new "Vault Disney Collection" which has 4 different releases as of 1/29/03. I have always loved this movie, and you can read all the great things about the film itself from other reviewers and from the VHS reviews. First and most importantly it's WIDESCREEN. I think all DVD's should be. But the EXTRAS!! WOW, they put it all in here.

The 2 disc set has much more than is listed here or on the packaging. It is loaded with surprise features, but you have to hunt for them.
A featurette "Disney Legend Hayley Mills"; Featurette on the double used for behind the back shots called "Who's the Twin" with a recent interview from her; "Seeing Double" is a mini-documentary about the process used to make it appear to be 2 girls when there were one in may shots; A great interview feature with recently deceased animator Ward Kimball, and director David Swift; About 17 minutes from a classic Disney TV episode from 1961 "The Titlemakers", featuring work on the films title shots and music; several archive galleries with studio fan cards, costume design sketches, lobby cards, invitations, film production letterhead, posters, magazine ads, screenplay, and the complete exhibitors campaign book; audio features with production photos such as a Radio Spot from the original release, two songs, and 2 interactive "Sound Studio" demonstrations. There is a touching feature on the songwriting team, the Sherman Brothers, responsible for many of the memorable songs from movie history including Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and the non-Disney "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
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