Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

 


 

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Genre: Fantasy,Family,Adventure,Sci-Fi

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
   
Release Date: 21 March 1975 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: John Hough
Cast:
  • Eddie Albert
  • Ray Milland
  • Donald Pleasence
  • Kim Richards
  • Ike Eisenmann
  • Walter Barnes
  • Reta Shaw
  • Denver Pyle
  • Alfred Ryder
  • Lawrence Montaigne
  • Terry Wilson
  • George Chandler
  • Dermott Downs
  • Shepherd Sanders
  • Don Brodie


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33 Responses to Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

  1. Dan-136
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    If Disney ever decided to make big sccreen remake of this movie (Don’t bring up the stupid TV remake from the mid 90’s) who do you think they should cast in it? Who would you cast in it?

  2. TheLittleSongbird
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    I am just wondering if there was anybody else who enjoyed Ray Milland’s performance in this film. I really liked the film, and one of the main reasons why I enjoyed it was Milland’s deliciously evil turn as Aristotle Bolt.

    "Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage"- Madeleine Kahn(CLUE, 1985)

  3. snowfairy123183-1
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    I love this movie SO much, along with its sequel; they’re the best films of my childhood, along with Watcher In the Woods. I loved it so much, I watched them both again in Devil Dog, Hound of Hell, and when they were in seperate works…when Ike was in Star Trek II, and when Kim was in Tuff Turf, Black Snake Moan, etc.

    I felt I could follow Tony and Tia anywhere they went, it was that involving. Race To Witch Mountain is no match for this one and its sequel.

  4. james362001
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    Is that Lance Kerwin as one of the kids playing baseball? He is in the green-striped short.

    In Heaven you can be any age you want.

  5. mrs_george_harrison
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    is the niece of Tia (aka Kim Richards)! I find it so weird how famous people are related to other famous people!

  6. ninac4116
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    One of the kids says he has the ability to throw up on command?

  7. GFlispter
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    As a kid I always wanted a starcase like Tia’s but they never made such a thing. Did anyone else ever want one?

  8. bardintraining
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    I remember watching a movie in my childhood about some kind of alternate universe where everyone has a twin and there’s bolts of purple lightning when they meet or connect or something. This is all I can remember, and I’ve been looking for the film.

    Is this that movie? With the purple lightning or rays or whatever?

  9. shutterbug_iconium
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    -Where are the others? – Other kids? – Neighbours,I mean.

    –There are no neighbours. Look out of the window. Go on. Look as far as you can see.Mr Bolt owns everything in sight.

    -Well, I could see the sky.

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  10. velveteenrabbit
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    Hi,

    I know that the younger version of Tia was played by Kyle Richards, Kim’s little sister.

    But I was wondering…. who played the younger version of Tony? The kid looks REALLY familiar to me, but the credits don’t mention him at all.

    Help?

  11. Beverwyk
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    Who played Mr Duncan, the guy who was giving them horseback riding lessons? His voice sounds so familiar but he’s not credited or listed on IMDB.

  12. L-Rankin
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    Hi, sorry, this may seem like a stupid question to all of you, but it’s annoying me so much I’ve had to find somewhere that possibly people might know the answer to it! You see, I have this childhood memory from a film, that, (and I know how stupid this sounds, believe me!) that have people of people or animals or something running up or down a hill and the one specific memory of it I have is of a quite chubby baker or cookie boy running down the hill with a tray of cookies! yes, i told you it was stupid, but i was wondering if you could tell me if that was this film? sorry, thanks, xx

  13. ib99
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    I’m also a bit confused with this movie. I saw it again after so many years last night on AMC. Then I was reading about it some more here and on Wikipedia. But on Wikipedia there seems to be more narrative that should come in the beginning about this movie regarding them being in a bad/grim juvenile detention home and all that. But the JD was not at all that bad in my judgment!! Is there more to this story that was maybe cut out or something in the AMC showing?

    OHHHH…wait…never mind…I see now that I read the entry for the NOVEL and that there are significant differences between the novel and the movie!

    Anyway I do seem to recall really enjoying this movie much more when younger. It’s not the same now. Which might be an obvious statement but there are many other live-action Disney movies (like Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson) that still appeal to me in the same way now as they did 15 years ago so I guess this movie is off. Well whatever…

    Oh and that Winkie the black cat was the BESTEST!!!

  14. azrielabyss
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    Are there witches that live there?

    Billy: Eat sh*t and die, Ricky!

    Ricky: Eat sh*t and live, Bill.

  15. bacharach
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  16. FruityPanda001
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    I used to have dreams that seemed so similar to this movie. It was really strange.

    The best thing you can do for yourself is be a good spirit

  17. AmyDances224
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    What was she remembering in the flashbacks?

  18. edsugrue
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    In the book, the mountain and the valley are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, I believe.

  19. ranb40
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    I read the book this movie is based on before I saw the movie when it first came out in the 70’s. Even though I was only 12 years old, I remember being disappointed because Tony and Tia in the movie hardly resembled the characters in the book at all. All of the religious overtones of the book were removed making it much different on the big screen. I still have the book, but have no interest in watching the movie again.

    Ranb

  20. batemanjem
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    I looked this up as I cherish such good memories of seeing it when it came out, so am looking forward to a family trip to the remake!

    Does anyone have the original UK release date for it? I’m trying to work out which holiday I saw it during. I presume around spring ’76 along with the other European dates IMDB lists.

    Does anyone know why the film was released over such intervals between countries? Japan had to wait nearly 2 years after its US release.

    Finally, I really would like to see the Simpsons remake it! Watching it again on youtube, I kept thinking of Bart and Lisa as Tony and Tia, Homer as O’Day, and Burns and Smithers as Bolt and Geranium.

  21. orlandoflorida2002
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    It looks like Disney is releasing a special edition of this, as well as "Return to Witch Mountain" in a new series called Disney Family Classics, on DVD this March, to coincide with the theatrical release of Race to Witch Mountain. Does anyone know if these DVD’s will have any NEW special features, that haven’t accompanied the DVD releases of these movies before? Thanks for the help!

  22. percehonson
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    I’m thinking it’s the sequel but it’s been awhile since I have seen either of the witch mountain movies.

    Live Together, Cry Alone!

  23. vulpix
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    I was awed by this film when I saw it as a kid. I felt a deep sense of empathy for the kids without parents–Tia’s visions in particular captivated me. Were their parents still alive? What was the story behind their parents? What kind of a place did they come from? These questions fueled my imagination. There was a mysterious quality to the film, exemplified in the scene where Tony plays the harmonica to put on a puppet show.

    Looking at it again as an adult, that mystery is gone. I can identify the synthetic soundtrack, the stilted acting, and even, on occasion, a thin wire used for the special effects. The ending of the film I now recall being disappointed by when I saw it twenty years earlier.

    That said, Escape to Witch Mountain is not a bad film by any means. It’s just one of those movies that you have to see when you’re young to truly appreciate.

  24. Laurelyn_89
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    Because i saw that it’s being remade! This was one of my favourites when i was little, but i had completely forgotten about it. Now i’m going to have to dig it out and watch it again, just so i can remember what happens in it (then force someone to come and see the new one with me!)

    ~"I strongly urge you to move your face back to where it was."~

  25. TheArchAndroid
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    All Reuters Movie News

    I can stand remakes, but judging from the previous works of the director of the remake, I think it’s safe to say that I am not interested in seeing it.

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    Director Fickman to conjure "Witch" redo

    Monday July 23 1:57 AM ET

    Andy Fickman is coming on board to direct "Witch Mountain," Walt Disney Pictures’ modern reimagining of its 1975 adventure movie "Escape to Witch Mountain."

    The first film was based on a science fiction novel by Alexander Key. It followed a pair of siblings, endowed with paranormal powers, who go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities. The brother and sister turn out to be extraterrestrials.

    The movie hatched a 1978 sequel, "Return from Witch Mountain," best remembered for featuring Bette Davis and Christopher Lee in the cast, as well as a TV movie, "Beyond Witch Mountain" (1982), that was to have been a pilot for a series.

    Matt Lopez wrote the current draft of the script. Lopez also penned the studio’s "Bedtime Stories," which is due to go before cameras in January with Adam Shankman directing Adam Sandler.

    Fickman directed Disney’s upcoming family comedy "The Game Plan," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

    Oh Dear, what did I do to deserve a Heifers Only Hate Club.

  26. kooldude1292
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    I’ve got this movie thats been stuck in my head for years but the only things i can remeber funny enough is that its about a set of young twins going to mountain where they boeard with other sets of twins onto a space ship and for some reason i keep seeing the color purple ? If its not escape to witch mountain then what is it ??

  27. zigfried-2
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    I know there is a sequel and the two TV remakes. But Disney is known to never let a hot franchise die (anyone care to count how many versions of Shaggy Dog they made? And Herbie the Love Bug is still around too). This was one of their most successful live action films ever–I beleive its success even surprised the Disney studio! It could be made even better with all the new technology in spfx. But, they should give it to a hot young director and let him/her make it away from the Disney studio machine. So much of Disney’s franchises are so cookie cutter and generic. This is because the studio is control freakish. They would have bigger and better live action hits if they turned their backs on these films while they were being made. The most successful live action Disney film of recent years was THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, and that was as good as it was because WALDEN media actually MADE the film –Disney only DISTRIBUTED it! THey need to cut a similar deal with an ESCAPE sequel. If Disney actaully MAKES the film it will be another boring DIsney movie!

  28. Alessandra99
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    ok well this has nothing really to do with this movie but….

    Does anyone know the name of this old movie I dont remember it all to well but there is a girl who died I think in a fire while playing a game blindfolded and then later i think she haunted people or you could see her through a mirror. Please if anyone knows the movie im talking about let me know cause its really bugging me!!!

  29. Anonymous
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  30. rudeboy8080
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    Didn’t an older Ike Eisenmann appear in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'(1982) as Engineer Peter Preston(Only in the director’s cut do we find out that he’s Scotty’s nephew)? Unfortunately, Peter Preston dies while saving the Enterprise. Oh, yeah! Kim Richard’s young character is shot to death(chillingly)by a gang member in John Carpenter’s ‘Assault on Precinct 13′(1976). Even two adorable child actors of the 1970’s aren’t safe from our violent world(or at least the violent world of cinema).

    -"Is the word given, Admiral?"

    -"The word is given. Warp speed."

    -"Aye." [Peter Preston dies a hero.]

    -"This isn’t vanilla twist!"

    -Poor little Kim Richards is shot and she joins the films body count!

  31. Khedive214
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    How old are Tia and Tony in the book? Their exact ages aren’t given, though there are a few vauge clues.

    ** Fried Chicken and Gasoline **

  32. Anonymous
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