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Director:
Writers:
Robert M. Young (screenplay)
Alexander Key (based on the book by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1975 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Escape To The Unknown! See more »
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
My Favorite Childhood Film Experience See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (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
Ronald R. 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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the gun is hovering in front of Deranian and his driver, it hovers in front of the camper. After the camper drives away in the cut back to the gun it still shows the camper behind the gun.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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Soundtrack:
Skipping AlongSee more »

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Is "Escape to Witch Mountain" based on a novel?
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
My Favorite Childhood Film Experience, 11 August 2004
Author: sisterdebmac from Marietta, GA, USA

In 1975, I was 11 years old. "Escape To Witch Mountain" played to a packed house at a now-defunct old theatre called, Miracle. People were sitting on the floor because they sold more tickets than they had seats. I'd never seen anything like that before.

My dad and step mom took me to the movie and we got the last of the few remaining seats. They probably only took me because it was a Disney flick. Had to be harmless, right? Hardly. Afterward, they were puzzled by the seemingly surprising UFO angle. I remember being absolutely transfixed. I'm still fascinated with mysterious stuff like UFOs and ghosts. I wasn't supposed to like that stuff but this film made it impossible for me not to.

And I identified with the kid heroes on a deeper level as well. I, myself, was kind of a ragamuffin misfit kid from a broken home who spent weekends with my dad's new blended family. I felt the siblings' pain at being torn from their home. Tia broke my heart. She was as fragile as me, but far stronger when it really counted. Tony was just hot! Older and very cute at 13. And those powers they had? How cool was that? By the time the credits rolled, I knew I'd seen the best movie ever!

I was lucky enough to have an older cousin who loved movies and hanging out with me and she bought the Disney movie record for me. I don't know if any of you remember these; Disney used to release LPs of the audio track of some of their movies, usually truncated and featuring narration. In the case of "Escape", it was narrated by Eddie Albert. This thing enabled me to memorize every line of Tony and Tia's dialog and much of that of the other characters, too. I still have it, though the sleeve is long lost. It's tough for me to watch the movie without speaking along with the characters (especially Tia), at least in my head.

My cousin also bought me Alexander Key's book. Boy, Disney sure took liberties, didn't they? Key's book is far more serious and developed and meaningful. I tried to take the best parts from the book and the movie and incorporate them together into the Tony and Tia of my imagination. It deepened them. Too bad there was no fanatic outlet back in those days! It was pretty egolesss of Alexander Key for coming together with Disney on the eventual novelization of "Return". Without Key's kind participation, it would of been an empty exercise. I was especially impressed with how he incorporated the issue of Tia needing to learn to speak.

Through the years, I never "Escape" and I saw it as often as I could. For instance, when "Return" was released, Disney sent the movies out as a double feature. I loved "Return", silly as it was, even though there were things in it that really bugged me. Like the sibs being split apart for most of the movie. I loved them together! I think most of the fans of the first film were most affected by their chemistry. I think we wanted to see more of that. Even so, I really liked the Earthquakes, all of them. And it was fun to see Kim and Ike a bit older and even cuter than before. I also remember seeing "Escape" on an odd revival double-bill with "Bambi" at some point in my teen years. I think I would've followed Kim and Ike anywhere. Heck, I even followed them to "Devil Dog, The Hound Of Hell". You have to see the comments page here at IMDb if you haven't already.

I would've seen "Tuff Turf" even if Kim wasn't in it, but that's a convoluted story for another thread. Suffice to say I have seen TT far too many times and many of them were for Kim. Also, I can honestly say I enjoy the TV edit of "Star Trek II" far more than the theatrical cut because it has more Ike. I even had a good time watching "Blair Witch Mountain..." when it hit the web. I have to agree that it might be fun to revisit Tony and Tia with the original actors today. Hey, last year, the new "Twilight Zone" brought Anthony (Billy Mumy) back and introduced us to his similarly gifted, but far less scary (real life) daughter (Liliana Mumy). And all those people came back from the cornfield. Why not Tony & Tia?

I could rhapsodize for paragraphs about both "With Mountain" films, and I may still do so when I get my special edition DVDs. In the meantime, here's hoping that a whole new generation of kids will discover "Witch Mountain" for themselves.

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