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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Robert Malcolm Young (screenplay by), Alexander Key (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Jason
Ray Milland ... Aristotle Bolt
Donald Pleasence ... Deranian
Kim Richards ... Tia
Ike Eisenmann ... Tony
Walter Barnes ... Sheriff Purdy
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Grindley
Denver Pyle ... Uncle Bene
Alfred Ryder ... Astrologer
Lawrence Montaigne ... Ubermann
Terry Wilson ... Biff Jenkins
George Chandler ... Grocer
Dermott Downs ... Truck
Shepherd Sanders Shepherd Sanders ... Guru
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Gasoline Attendant
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Tia and Tony are two orphaned youngsters with extraordinary powers. Lucas Deranian poses as their uncle in order to get the kids into the clutches of Deranian's megalomanical boss, evil millionaire Aristotle Bolt, who wants to exploit them. Jason, a cynical widower, helps Tia and Tony "escape to witch mountain," while at the same time Tia and Tony help Jason escape the pain of the loss of his wife. Written by Adam Chotiner <achot@mindspring.com>

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...a film of unearthly power! See more »


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Trivia

The Pine Woods Orphanage was actually Peninsula School of Creative Education in Menlo Park, California. The secluded sixty-room mansion was built in 1880 and converted into a school in 1925. There are countless stories of hauntings in the mansion, which were played up in the original press materials for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Deranian's car is equipped with a mobile telephone and a two-way radio, however no antennas exist for those systems on the car. The only antenna is for the car's AM radio. See more »

Quotes

Tia Malone: He just likes to yell a lot, he's not really that mean.
Tony Malone: You've got to be kidding me.
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Alternate Versions

Early video releases were missing the magic sequence with the dancing puppets. Disney's response to complaints was that music rights were not available. See more »

Connections

Referenced in To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Wish Upon a Star
(uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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Everything the new version is not
15 August 2009 | by kyle-cruseSee all my reviews

Having seen the new version of this film recently ("Race to Witch Mountain"), I cannot tell you how much of a pleasant surprise "Escape to Witch Mountain" was to me. The new version, in my opinion, lacks any kind of character development and is full of annoying characters that do nothing to help the movie. Essentially, the new version basically did away with the first 45 minutes or so of this film, which helped set up the story, develop the characters, and give us a better sense of why the kids are running away. Also, Dwayne Johnson is incredibly lacking in emotion and character compared to Eddie Albert in this movie. While I admit that most of the special effects in this film may seem cheesy by today's standards, they actually make the film even more fun to laugh at. This film came out of a couple of decades when Disney was at its height of live action movies, when even film of this type they turned out was at least worthwhile. This is an enjoyable movie, with good jobs of acting done by basically all of the characters. Appropriate for anyone in the family, exciting, funny, and likable.

***1/2 out of ****


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,000,000
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Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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