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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason O'Day
... Aristotle Bolt
... Lucas Deranian
... Tia Malone
... Tony Malone
... Sheriff Purdy
... Mrs. Grindley
... Uncle Bene
... Mr. Michael-John - Astrologer
... Ubermann
... Biff Jenkins
... Grocer
... Truck
Shepherd Sanders ... Guru
Don Brodie ... Gasoline Attendant
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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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21 March 1975 (USA)  »

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La montaña embrujada  »

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$20,000,000
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Kim Richards (Tia) had a particularly affection for Bruno the bear. One day she asked to help bathe him and, acting uncharacteristically, the bear picked her up, swung and shook her vigorously before his handler finally got Bruno to set her down. Richards was terrified but tried to play it off for the group of spectators which had gathered. See more »

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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 »

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Aristotle Bolt: Chase them on a magic carpet if you have to!
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Remade as Race to Witch Mountain (2009) See more »

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Skipping Along
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Music by Richard Hayman
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Pretty good then, and still good now
13 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

A long time ago, I was into books. This isn't a light phrase, I took out multitudes of them from the library. Alexander Key wrote a neat novel called "Escape to Witch Mountain" about a priest named Father O'Day who helps two siblings return to their people. It was a very good book, and I knew when I bought the book from the Book Fair that it was a reprint to endorse the movie. However, at that time, my movie-experiences were minimal. It took several years for me to actually be able to see the movie (when Disney first brought out the Disney Channel, iirc) and I was a bit surprised at the liberties that were taken with Key's book. The priest became the widower, and the beat up car became the RV. Bolt was not in the book, but he was an interesting main-villian, and I enjoyed the movie. My son, who is now 6 (Tues this week) enjoys watching it on VHS as much as I do!

Return was not as good--it was a "let's make money by doing a sequel" but it was cool too. As that 5th grader, I knew what it was to be outside the norm, and I wanted to have the same powers that Tia did, so I guess that's saying something!

I too place this movie with Parent Trap, Candleshoe, and Freaky Friday. Good movies that I don't have to worry about my child "catching" wrong words from! **** out of 5.


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