The Parent Trap script
Synopsis: In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls' divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they've missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.



You're welcome.

(reading name-tag on Hallie's duffel)

Hey, you're from California?


You are? Do you live in Hollywood?


Do you like live next door to a movie star?


-- What are you two, Lucy and Ethel?

I’ve never even been to Hollywood. I live in Napa, that's in Northern California, and I live next door to a vineyard.



A whatyard?


A vineyard. It's where you grow grapes to make wine. That's what we do, me and my I)ad, we own a vineyard. What bunk are you guys in?


(at the same time)


Zoe and Nicole look at each other, not thrilled.


(yells from bull-horn)

Parker, Hallie...


(yells back)

Yo! Right here!


(looks over and waves)

Arapaho! Bunk eleven!

The Girls slap hands and head off toward their bunk.


So, either of you by any chance know how

to play poker?

(Nicole and Zoe shake their


No? That's a shame. So, tell me, how much cash did you guys bring with you this summer?

As the Girls walk off, CAMERA BOOMS UP to a LIMOUSINE pulling up in front of the MAIN LODGE. Heads turn as the Driver, in a dark suit and cap, hops out and opens the limousine's back door. Out steps a PROPER BRITISH BUTLER, perfect posture, elegant grey suit, extremely proper demeanor. His name is MARTIN and he speaks with a stuffy ENGLISH ACCENT.

Martin leans into the back-seat and takes the hand of an elegantly dressed eleven year-old, Annie James. Annie wears a powder blue suit and carries a purse and a small vanity case. Her hair is perfectly neat, shoulder length and worn with a powder blue head band. As Annie turns to Martin, we see her face and we realize SHE LOOKS ECACTLY LIKE Hallie Parker! Same hair color, same eyes, same nose, same mouth, same height, same weight. Identical in every way.

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David Swift

David Swift was born on July 27, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Parent Trap (1998), The Parent Trap (1961) and Pollyanna (1960). He was married to Micheline Swift and Maggie McNamara. He died on December 31, 2001 in Santa Monica, California, USA. more…

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