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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

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Matt Lopez (screenplay), Mark Bomback (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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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

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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

When the agents are initially searching for the kids, and they see them get into Jack's cab the lead agent, Burke, requests "Synchronous satellite feed! Get me a license plate." even though the cab number (1975) is clearly visible on the bumper. With that cab number they wouldn't NEED a license plate, as they'd have the cabs low-jack location data and radio frequencies, and could track it in real-time from the cab company's office (as the dispatcher did when he called Jack on his way out of town). 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

In the beginning of the movie the camera view changes from the Walt Disney "Castle" to the stars and the Castle gets dark and changes the silhouette of the "Witch Mountain" See more »

Connections

References The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) See more »

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Scarlett
Written by Randy Dunham
Produced by Jamie Houston
Performed by Brokedown Cadillac
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Alright, but not a totally great Disney film.
23 March 2009 | by DarkVulcan29See all my reviews

I liked the idea, that this is not a remake of the Disney classic Escape to Witch Mountain(1975), it's more of a rebooted version. Some remakes try to be carbon copies of the original, like Pyscho(1998), and The Bad News Bears(2005). This films premise is sort of the same but others ways different.

The story begins in Las Vegas, where Jack Bruno(Dwayne Johnson) is a cab driver, and is really not a people person. But one day things change, when two siblings named Seth(Alexander Ludwig) and Sara(Annasophia Robb) enter his cab ask him to drive to a certain location, and they give him large sums of money. Jack is hesitant, but does it anyway. But then things are not so simply, when the government starts chasing them. Turns out these kids are aliens with special powers, that need to get to a certain location called Witch Mountain in hopes to prevent an alien invasion that could destroy earth. And a famed scientist(Carla Gugino) comes along for the ride.

Now the moments between Dwayne and the kids are memorable. But the rest of the film kind of falls on itself. The action and effects where alright but nothing you'd call spectacular. Carla Gugino I felt by watching that she was written in at the last minute,cause they wanted a beautiful actress for Dwayne play off of, but Dwayne and Carla have no chemistry. And she does not look like she is having any fun doing this, she is just in it to cash a paycheck. And so was the rest of the cast, besides Dwayne and the kids. I didn't know when too laugh at times, I mean there times it was funny, other I couldn't tell at times if they where trying to be funny or serious for some scenes.


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