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Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

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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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Andy Fickman

Writers:

Matt Lopez (screenplay), Mark Bomback (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb ... Sara
Alexander Ludwig ... Seth
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds ... Burke
Tom Everett Scott ... Matheson
Chris Marquette ... Pope
Billy Brown ... Carson
Garry Marshall ... Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards ... Tina
Ike Eisenmann ... Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Siphon
John Duff John Duff ... Frank
Bob Koherr ... Marty
Kevin Christy ... Matt
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Storyline

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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The Race Is On


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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Details

Official Sites:

Disney | Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Witch Mountain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,402,214, 15 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,172,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,387,141
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of three films Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino appeared in together. They also appeared in Faster (2010) and San Andreas (2015) See more »

Goofs

After Seth stops the government vehicle the knocked out driver's sunglasses are hanging from his his forehead. While Jack and Burke exchange words, the driver is coming to and the glasses are still on. Right before Jack walks away, the driver's head is leaned back in the seat and the glasses are nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

Sara: We know you're frustrated, Jack Bruno...
Jack Bruno: No. No more "Jack Bruno this, Jack Bruno that." I've been asking for answers...
Sara: You already know the answers, Jack Bruno. My brother and I are indeed not from your planet.
Jack Bruno: [laughs] That's it? So that's it? Mystery solved! You two want me to believe that you're both aliens.
Seth: It is the truth.
Jack Bruno: Really? Well, you don't look like aliens.
Sara: Well, what does an alien look like, Jack Bruno?
Jack Bruno: You know what aliens look like. They look like, like little green people with ...
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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 »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Scarlett
Written by Randy Dunham
Produced by Jamie Houston
Performed by Brokedown Cadillac
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Fun movie
15 March 2009 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Hey, don't believe the downers trashing this movie. It's fun. Non-action stop from beginning to the end. Dwayne Johnson, who finally shed his former wrestling nom de lutre, is a much better actor than people are willing to concede. He has a mobile face and uses his big body well with a lot more expression and ability than some of the other shoot'em up and knock-about action heroes. This film, a remake of the old Disney classics with a CGI uptake and story rewrite, is entertaining, engaging and full of witty little pieces for the watchful viewer. When the alien bad guy gets knocked for a loop and everyone ducks for cover and the 2 UFO-Trekkie-types rejoice, (Wow. Best convention ever!) and the one I liked best, one of the nerd bad guys named Analyst D. Pleasance, for the veteran character actor, Don Pleasance who played the bad guy in the Disney originals. Also, Irish actor, Ciaran Hinds makes a superb Man in Black Suit bureaucrat villain and lovable Cheech Marin as the sleepy mechanic gets his licks in too, albeit in a bit part. The beautiful Carla Gugino comes across as the UFO seeking academic and Director Garry Marshall as the nut case UFOligist makes for good comic relief. The two kids add the mixture with AnnaSophia Robb reminding me of one of my granddaughters and Alexander Ludwigs serious facial expression adding to the fun. I found this film fun from the get-go and recommend it highly.


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