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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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

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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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Caught in a World Where They Don't Belong - THEY HAVE TO ESCAPE! See more »


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21 March 1975 (USA)  »

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La montaña embrujada  »

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Trivia

Candidates for a real life Witch Mountain would be mysterious places like Silbury Hill or Mount Shasta. See more »

Goofs

Wires are obvious in two scenes; on the hovering handgun at the campground, and on the floating harmonica in the jail. See more »

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Jason O'Day: I wonder... I wonder how I'd handle you kids if you were mine. Well, maybe that's why I never married, eh?
Tia Malone: But Mr. O'Day. You were married.
Jason O'Day: What?
Tia Malone: Long, long time ago. And she was so pretty. And you had a little house.
Tony Malone: Yeah, I can see it. It was white, with yellow shutters. And there was a big elm branch over the whole roof.
Tia Malone: Tony knows about people. He can see places they've been.
Jason O'Day: [Angry] What else?
Tia Malone: Well, your wife died only a few months after you were married. And you were so sad. You took an ...
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Followed by Beyond Witch Mountain (1982) See more »

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Skipping Along
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Music by Richard Hayman
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Hollywood should remake this one....again.
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1995 saw a remake of "Escape to Witch Mountain" as a "Disney Sunday Night Movie." It was horrible. Its biggest mistake was to try to bring "New Age Mysticism" to the table and it should never have been ordered.

1975's "Escape to Witch Mountain" is a really cool movie. It's has a lot of neat ideas in it. I loved it at age 5 and still loved it upon a repeat viewing at at 36. Hollywood clearly has lost originality and a source of genuine "new ideas" and has been remaking a lot of films lately. I think they should pick this one and use the male version of the Olsen Twins, Cole and Dylan Sprouse. Yes, I know, Tia would have to become "Tim," but it's a different spin on the story and if Starbuck can become a woman in Sci-Fi's "Battlestar Galactica," why not make Tia a boy? Just don't make it a comedy! And this time bring it to the big screen, not the TV.

At any rate, 1975's "Escape to Witch Mountain" was in my opinion way ahead of its time, both in story and special effects. Alexandar Key (the author) outdid himself. In the right hands today, it could be a huge success.

*EDIT* Asked and delivered! Remake coming in 2009 ("Race to Witch Mountain.") OK OK, maybe the Cole and Dylan Sprouse idea wasn't the best -- but at least they are remaking it! :)


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