The Parent Trap

Revealing mistake: When in Boston, while walking through the park, Susan and her mother are obviously walking on a treadmill because the park background is moving way too fast for their walking speed.

William Bergquist

Revealing mistake: When the two girls are singing their song, the girl on the left waves her arm up and it disappears for a second, because of the split screen.

William Bergquist

Revealing mistake: When Mitch is driving "Susan" home from the airport, in one shot, the knob of the gear selector lever is visible above the dashboard, which means the transmission would be in Park.


Revealing mistake: When the "twins" are singing "Let's Get Together" they are standing side by side. Watch closely - because of the split screen, one twin's arm disappears for just a second when she swings it upwards. It actually happens twice - middle of song and end.

Revealing mistake: When they are driving home from the airport, you can see the reflection of the green screen on the car hood.

Revealing mistake: Susan's camp friend with the light blond hair continually repeats the last word or line of the person before her, or mouths it to be ready for her own lines. In the dining room when the twins first see each other, Susan says something like "Whatever can I do about it?" and while she's saying that, the other girl is mouthing the words, then says her own line. She also does it in the shower scene, where they're talking about revenge, the other friend of Susan's says, "Give it to her good!" then this mimicker says, "Good. The old coventry treatment..." It's pretty funny, and shows what child actors had to learn.

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Suggested correction: Not true. The actor has admitted it. It's just a habit created by rehearsals. Very common.

Suggested correction: To start with the dining scene, she is not mouthing her lines, she only once moves her mouth a little but it wasn't to mouth the other girl's lines. And when she says "Good" she's not repeating the other girl's lines she confirming what the other girl said.

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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Verbena 'Ever's Housekeeper': I'm not saying a word. Not one single word.

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Trivia: For the scene when the camp girls are following the twins to the cabin Miss Inch was putting them in, the director wanted the girls to march like soldiers. The girls could not march very well, so he just decided to leave it as it was. The whistling the girls do is not the girls' whistling--its a recording of the march from Bridge on the River Kwai.

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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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