The Parent Trap

Continuity mistake: When the twins are in the cabin and Sharon offers Susan a Fig Newton, the cookies are is a jumble in the box. A moment later, the cookies are in a clean row.

Continuity mistake: In the cabin when they are coming up with the idea to swap places, Susan has on white sneakers in the beginning of the scene when she is on the bed, and Sharon has on the black Mary Janes. Later in the scene, with no time to change shoes, Susan is seen walking around the cabin wearing the black Mary Janes.

Continuity mistake: In the camp cabin, the two girls are talking. It cuts away from one girl, and she has an ice cream cone in her hand, then cuts back and it's gone. This keeps happening.

Continuity mistake: When Mitch drives home from the airport, with 'Susan', the car's rear view mirror is gone in the close-ups, but reappears in wideshots of the car.

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Continuity mistake: In Sharon and Susan's isolation cabin, the positions of Susan's celebrity photos on the wall change between shots, after being windblown.

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Continuity mistake: When the girls in Sharon's cabin have been booby-trapped, they all wake up screaming to the sound of the bugle. There are shots of them in their beds and then one shot of a girl in the middle of the cabin getting a bucket of water dumped on her head. Considering that the cabin is covered in strings and stuff how could she have gotten there in just seconds?

Continuity mistake: When the girls are talking in the cabin after they find out they are sisters, Sharon is holding a cup of ice cream. When the shot alternates from rear to front views, the spoon is in her hand, then in the cup, then back in her hand again.

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Continuity mistake: Mitch drives "Susan" home from the airport. After he touches her face, he puts his hand down next to him, but when it cuts, his hand is on the steering wheel.

Continuity mistake: Watch the yellow float that falls into the lake with Mitch, when Mitch is straining to see Maggie. First you can barely see it floating towards the right of the lake. Next angle, and it's behind him to the left.

Continuity mistake: When Maggie and "Sharon" are having a picnic in the city park, they have a large wicker picnic basket. After they are done, and are walking home through the park, the picnic basket is no where to be seen. They have apparently just left it behind.

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Continuity mistake: When driving home to Boston from camp, they would show her in the car and the street behind her was like a big city street, then when they show the car from the outside, the street is like a small neighborhood street with totally different buildings and totally different cars (even different colors) right behind her.

Continuity mistake: At dinner, after the girls' performance, when explaining that the girls had tried to replicate their first date, Maggie mentions the "violin music" before it begins playing.

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Suggested correction: Hecky starts playing the violin (badly) before Sharon and Susan do their performance. That's the violin music that Maggie is referring to.

Continuity mistake: In the camp cabin, the two girls are talking. It cuts away from one girl, and she has an ice cream cone in her hand, then cuts back and it's gone. This keeps happening.

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Mitch Evers: Hey, Maggie, you look pretty good. What did you do to yourself?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Do to myself?

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Trivia: Hayley Mills had one stunt double that can be seen in the movie when one of the girls has her back to the camera or when Hayley is doing something she can't do by herself. The stunt double girl received a Duckster award for the best unseen performance by an actress - only three have ever been awarded.

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Question: What kind of judge would agree to this kind of custody arrangement?

Answer: None. It's total fiction made up solely for the purpose of the movie. Even for a movie, it's far beyond the "suspension of disbelief" that siblings would ever be divided up between the two parents, and neither would have no contact with them, much less be prevented from knowing they had a brother or sister.

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It was during the 1960s, the courts had no way of forcing parents to share children. They could have very easily just stayed away from each other out of the view of the judicial system.

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