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Great feel good movie
This is one of those films that I like as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid. It really holds up, and I have seen it so many times. Great pick me up! The actors are spot on, from top to bottom. It helps that some classic stalwarts are cast in supporting roles, such as Leo G Carroll and Charlie Ruggles. My one criticism is that I've always thought "Vicky" looked too old for all the "she's so young, she's practically a baby!" comments. I really enjoy Maureen O'Hara, and she and Brian Keith are perfect together- because of them, I can see both why their characters might have had such an acrimonious split, and why things will work for them now. Hayley Mills is at her most brilliant. I love everything about it- the characters, the dialog, the settings, the music.
parent trap 1961/98 comparison
- kevin sellers
Fun, sprightly stuff, (indeed, so much so that you almost forget about the cruel premise of the story; divorcing parents who deny siblings all knowledge of each other.) Still, I liked the 1998 remake slightly better. Nancy Meyers and Chuck Sheyer's screenplay was sharper and funnier than David Swift's gentler, more innocent original and I prefer more of an edge in my comedies, especially the romantic kind. As far as Lindsay Lohan/Hayley Mills comparisons go there's no doubt that Ms. Mills is the better actress, but it annoyed me that she couldn't shed that British accent of hers when playing a California kid. Lohan, on the other hand, managed a serviceable Brit accent. As far as other comparisons go Brian Keith and Dennis Quaid are equal, but Natasha Richardson is a big upgrade over Maureen O'Hara who seemed unable to do any acting unless bullied into it by John Ford. Let's give it a solid B (Remake gets a B plus.)
The Parent Trap
- Michael Whitty
One of Disney's most creative movies pairing twins coming together after years of never seeing each other- they meet at a summer camp unexpectantly- and then scheme to bring their parents together- one on the east coast and one on the west coast. This was Hayley Mills best Disney film as she played the twins to the fun effect with the help of Disney's special effects and also another actress helping out. Will mom and dad find each other as Maureen O'Hara and Brian keith can't believe what they are seeing with their twins who are now about 14 years old and have cooked up this incredible get-together. When we see Hayley and Hayley sing "Let's Get Together" it's pure magic. "The Parent Trap" was re-made in the 90s with Lindsay Lohan but the original with Hayley Mills was better.
No DVD collection should be without this gem
Ah, yes. Vickie and Mrs Robinson - two of the most underrated villians in film history...I loved this movie as a kid, and now as an adult I enjoy it even more (now that I understand all the nuances of romance - ha) The entire cast is a joy to watch, Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara, Joanna Barnes, Hayley Mills and let's not forget Andromeda for heaven's sake. This film is a classic; a wonderful dance between childhood and adulthood, love and hate, villiany and sweetnest, country and urban living, the quiet twin and the smart-aleck twin, all wrapped up in one film...view it, then buy it for your home DVD collection. You won't be sorry, but remember, untidy littles girls won't go to the dance.
Fall into this Trap
- Bob Hendrick
A Disney film? Most assuredly. Preposterous plot? Yup! But who cares. Just sit back and enjoy this wonderful comedy. Haley Mills is great in a dual role (way before digital effects). The late Brian Keith has some hysterically funny moments with that timeless beauty, Maureen O'Hara. (I have been in love with this gorgeous, talented, underrated redhead since I first saw her in 1939's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"). With a great supporting cast, this is one for the whole family.
LOVE THIS MOVIE
This is all time favorite of mine. Its a classic -- Haley Mills is so loveable and you can't miss on the chemistry between Brian (Mitch) and Maureen (Maggie). I wish they still made movies like this. It is wholesome family fun full of delightful shenigans; the scenery in California is so pristine. Everything about this movie is wonderful.
a wonderful relaxing movie
i love the interior design. it's so now. brian keith's home is beautiful! the colors they used in this movie are fantastic! i love haley mills. she was great in pollyanna. i've always enjoyed maureen o'hara. i loved some of her outfits. the designs are so feminine.