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Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  13 March 2009 (USA)
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A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.



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In Las Vegas, the regenerated ex-con Jack Bruno works as taxi driver. During an UFO Convention at Planet Hollywood, the skeptical Jack picks up Dr. Alex Friedman, who will present a scientific lecture in the event. Then he is pressed by two henchmen of his former boss, the criminal Wolff, that wants to talk to him, but Jack does not want to return to the crime life. Jack fights and gets rid of them; out of the blue, he finds two teenagers on the backseat of his cab. They tell that they are siblings, Sara and Seth, and they need to travel to a location outside Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile the government finds a spacecraft that crashed nearby Las Vegas and is chasing the two aliens; after the investigation of the men of Major Henry Burke, they discover that the two siblings are the aliens. Jack Bruno, Sara and Seth are chased by Henry Burke's team and by the "Syphon", a killer from outer space that has been sent to kill them by the military of their planet that want to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Witch Mountain  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,402,214 (USA) (13 March 2009)


£2,545,316 (UK) (24 July 2009)

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Did You Know?


"Siphon," the alien assassin tracking the children and Jack, is referred to as "Duranian series." Mr. Duranian was the principle villain in the original "Escape to Witch Mountain." See more »


When Sara levitates Dr. Alex Friedman's MacBook at the convention the keys appear to have an under glow, but only Apple MacBook Pro's have this feature. See more »


Jack Bruno: [Rushing out of the gambling area] Gotta go!
Dr. Alex Friedman: What happened to laying low?
Jack Bruno: Who lays low in Vegas?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits Jack & Alex are seen promoting a book they collaborated on concerning their past experience's (with Harlan and his help amongst the crowd). Outside they climb into '68 Mustang, only to notice the transmitter going off, indicating a reunion with Seth & Sara. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.13 (2010) See more »


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Good Movie for Kids-OK for Adults
19 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is and is not a remake of the original Witch Mountain movie. It's more follows the guidelines and then takes off on its own in a more modern twist. If you liked the old one, you will probably still like this one too.

The actors did a pretty good job all the way around. The main bad secret agent guy was a really flat character, while everyone else was more dynamic. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was great in this movie. He really keeps it going for the audience and is really funny. The kids are good as well. All the others did an alright job.

The plot has good twists to it and has multiple sides that are all crashing in together at the same time. The flow of the movie is a little jerky in a couple spots, but overall is an action packed ride.

The CGI effects are well done and believable. I enjoyed getting to see that aspect come to life, where the original Witch Mountain could only dream of seeing such cool stuff! Overall it is a good movie. Your kids will really like it and you will enjoy it as well. I recommend going and seeing it to anybody!

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