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Robert M. Young (screenplay)
Alexander Key (based on the book by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1975 (USA) See more »
Escape To The Unknown! See more »
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Falls apart near the finish, but until then an excellent family film See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Albert ... Jason O'Day

Ray Milland ... Aristotle Bolt

Donald Pleasence ... Lucas Deranian

Kim Richards ... Tia Malone

Ike Eisenmann ... Tony Malone
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 ... Guru
Don Brodie ... Gasoline Attendant
Paul Sorensen ... Sgt. Foss
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Lorko
Harry Holcombe ... Capt. Malone

Sam Edwards ... Mate
Dan Seymour ... Psychic
Eugene Daniels ... Cort
Al Dunlap ... Deputy
Rex Holman ... Hunter No.1
Tony Giorgio ... Hunter No 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mervin W. Frates ... Bolt's Butler (uncredited)

Lance Kerwin ... Boy in Green-Striped Shirt (uncredited)
Ott ... Thunderhead / Horse (uncredited)

Kyle Richards ... Young Tia (uncredited)
Alfred Rossi ... Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hough 
Writing credits
Robert M. Young (screenplay) (as Robert Malcolm Young)

Alexander Key (based on the book by)

Produced by
Jerome Courtland .... producer
Ron Miller .... executive producer
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
Robert Stafford 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Al Roelofs 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frederic W. Brost .... unit manager (as Fred Brost)
John D. Bloss .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ballew .... second assistant director
Frederic W. Brost .... assistant director (as Fred Brost)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Jenson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Joseph Kuri .... assistant prop man (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... property master (uncredited)
Al Williams .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Regula .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Ron Cooper .... mikeman (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Hal Bigger .... special effects (uncredited)
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Maley .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Holton .... best boy (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... key grip (uncredited)
Cecil Luske .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Luske .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Essil Massinburg .... second grip (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ron Vargas .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Lynne Albright .... costumer (uncredited)
Kent James .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Louis Terrusa .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Transportation Department
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Henry Cowl .... animal handler (uncredited)
Bill Degeneres .... craft service (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (uncredited)
Howard 'Dutch' Horton .... location manager (uncredited)
Dan Novack .... first aid man (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jay Younger .... utility man (uncredited)
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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Eddie Albert reprized his role of Jason O'Day from this film in the 1982 failed TV pilot come sequel Beyond Witch Mountain (1982) (TV).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Tony is playing the harmonica you can see wires attached to hand controls for the puppets.See more »
Lucas Deranian:I should have known there was more than ESP to those two.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making the 'Return' Trip (2003) (V)See more »
When You Wish Upon a StarSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Falls apart near the finish, but until then an excellent family film, 19 July 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Alexander Key's popular pre-teen novel concerns two orphaned siblings with supernatural powers taken in by a nefarious millionaire (named Aristotle Bolt!) who wants to exploit their magical abilities for personal gain. Top-notch Walt Disney adventure for families has natural, non-precocious performances from young Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards as the gifted kids, and their friendship with good-hearted traveler Eddie Albert is sweet but not sticky. The eerie flashbacks to the youngsters' early beginnings are well-captured by director John Hough, who is otherwise forced (perhaps for budgetary reasons) to skimp on genuine atmosphere in place of an elongated chase. Too bad the finale replaces emotion with effects, as these characters are quite remarkable. Followed by a fairly wan sequel, 1978's "Return From Witch Mountain", in which the special effects became the whole show. **1/2 from ****

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