With Joss Whedon’s recent announcement that super-powered twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch — established in the X-Men comics as Magneto’s children — are set to join The Avengers 2, we started thinking about which other cinematic siblings have stood the test of time.
There are obviously a number of famous families littering cinema history, whether it’s the Von Trapps, the Tenenbaums or the Incredibles, but this article is more interested in the few brothers and sisters, twins and triplets that have stood out from their more often than not bickering broods.
Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson – Hocus Pocus
Should you find yourself home alone on this or any other Halloween night, chances are a perusal of the television schedules will reveal at least one channel showing Disney’s 1993 family fantasy/horror/comedy Hocus Pocus.
The film pits teenager Max against the Sanderson sisters — played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — who have spent the last three hundred years waiting for a virgin to light a candle.
Edward and Alphonse Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist
Perhaps an obscure reference to Japanese cinema, but this list was beginning to look horribly skewed to the West and I for one think the Elric siblings are pretty darn worthy of inclusion.
The anime starts with brothers Edward and Alphonse trying to resurrect their mother with alchemy and Alphonse his entire physical being — his soul hastily rehoused in a hulking suit of armour. The series was surprisingly mature and moving, with a pair of films continuing the saga, most recently in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.
Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick/Hallie Parker and Annie James – The Parent Trap
Based on a book which was in turn based on a movie, David Swift’s 1961 film The Parent Trap told the story of two identical twin sisters separated at birth, but who nevertheless meet many years later at summer camp.
While that version had one sister living in Boston with her mother and the other living in California with her father, the 1998 remake — starring a young and sober Lindsey Lohan in dual roles — went international, and saw the twins instead separated by the Atlantic Ocean.