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At one point during the fight scene between Tony and Truck, Dermott Downs punched the bat so hard, it hit Ike Eisenmann. In some scenes, despite the makeup department's best efforts, you can see a greenish bruise under his left eye.
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The character of Tia in the flashback sequences was played by Kim Richards' real-life younger sister Kyle Richards.
Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, who play the children in this film and in its 1978 sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978), appear together in a scene in the 2009 remake Race to Witch Mountain (2009). Eisenmann is "Sheriff Antony" in the bar, and Richards is "Tina" the waitress. In this 1975 movie and its 1978 sequel, their names were similar: "Tony" and "Tia", respectively.
Bruno the Bear was only alert for about ten minutes a day, which the production crew had to carefully schedule with the children's two-hour work schedule.
The movie was re-released in the USA on a double bill with a reissue of Disney's Cinderella (1950).
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First of five "Witch Mountain" movies. This movie was made and released about three years before its sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978). Later came the second sequel, 1982's made-for-television Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), then a 1995 TV remake of the original, Escape to Witch Mountain (1995), then another remake, 2009's cinema movie Race to Witch Mountain (2009).
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Eddie Albert reprized his role of Jason O'Day from this film in the 1982 failed TV pilot-cum-sequel Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), the only actor to do so.
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The geographical structure which portrayed "Witch Mountain" was a Santa Lucia Mountain in the Santa Lucia Range in Big Sur, Monterey County on the central coast of California. Candidates for a real-life Witch Mountain would be mysterious places like Silbury Hill or Mount Shasta.
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The film was made and released about seven years afters its source novel of the same name by Alexander Key had been first published in 1968.
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Final film and TV credit of actress Reta Shaw.
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The make and model of the family camper van that flew through the air was a Winnebago motor home, specifically a 1974 Dodge Minnie Winnie Winnebago Class 'C' [B-300].
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The make and model of the chopper which was seen flying upside down and landed that way was a red-and-white Hughes 369HS helicopter with the branding of "Aristotle Bolt", which was the name Ray Milland's character in the film.
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Debut cinema movie produced by Jerome Courtland, who previously had only produced in television.
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The name of the mysterious item that Tia carried around, which contained a map, was a "star case". Tia's star case, which houses the map to Witch Mountain, had an additional purpose in the novel. In Key's novel, Tia was mute (but communicated telepathically with Tony) and carried pencils and paper in the star case to write notes to people.
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