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Escape to Witch Mountain

G Released Mar 21, 1975 1h 37m Kids & Family Sci-Fi List
73% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 59% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia Malone (Kim Richards) are two orphaned siblings with extraordinary psychic powers. When their abilities attract the attention of a cruel millionaire, Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland), he kidnaps them with plans to exploit their powers for financial gain. Tony and Tia escape, and with the help of Jason O'Day (Eddie Albert), a bitter widower camping in a nearby Winnebago, they attempt to elude Bolt and begin to discover their otherworldly origins. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Pleasant enough, but underwhelming, and curiously lacking in wonder, even in the high-flying finale. Rated: C+ Mar 17, 2009 Full Review Time Out A Disney adventure with quite a lot going for it, even if it does end up spreading itself too wide for the sakes of the entire family. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times A Walt Disney production for children who will watch absolutely anything that moves. May 9, 2005 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rachel's Reviews (YouTube) I really enjoyed it. I was involved with the story from the very beginning. The child actors felt like real kids to me Oct 18, 2021 Full Review Sarah Wenk Common Sense Media They don't make them like this anymore. Rated: 4/5 Jan 2, 2011 Full Review Kevin Carr 7M Pictures provides adventure and excitement that children of all ages can enjoy, but it is not very perilous or violent at all Rated: 4/5 Apr 20, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Dale R The story of two foster kids that have special abilities trying to find out who they are and where they came from. I wasn’t expecting this movie. The special abilities were a surprise and the big reveal at the end was awkward for me. The two children actors in the lead did a fair job, they didn’t distract from the movie. I do think it is worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/07/24 Full Review William My all time favorite Disney film as a kid it's become a yearly Christmas film for the family. Love the adventure, sci-fi, magic and the beautiful California coastline where this was filmed, and where we also ventured in a camper with my grandparents growing up. Everyone is cast perfectly in this film but Eddie Albert is the real standout character that makes this film special. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/24/23 Full Review Eye C The puppets scene it's Disney bragging about what they can do, but then in the outdoors FX, it really were "sorry what's about to come… indoor we're spectacular but outdoors not so much" Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/17/23 Full Review CRIS B I Really Enjoyed It. I Was Involved With The 1970's Movie From The Get Go. The Child Actors Felt Like Real Kids To Myself. Growing Up Back Then There Was So Much To Identify With. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review Audience Member a very young Kim Richards and Ike Issenman star in one of Disney's earliest sci-fi family adventures based on the book by Alexander Key it tells the story of two kids on the run to find their way back home Tia and Tony have been on their own for as long as they can remember; they live in an orphanage with other kids and their black cat, Winky yet Tia keeps having flashes being out on the water with a mysterious man the both of them try to piece together how they ended up where they are the other big thing is that both kids have special abilities from moving things with their minds to talking to animals to reading each others thoughts this grabs the attention of Donald Pleasance's Lucas Deranian whom works for millionaire Aristotle Bolt he decides to take the children under his wing, Bolt is fascinated by their gifts but underneath it all he wants to harness their powers for his own selfish reasons Tia and Tony now realizing they're in danger must venture out to a place called Witch Mountain where an item they have contains a map that might lead them back to where they came from during their perilous trek they stumble upon a man named Jason Eddie Albert as Jason is a man who lives by himself in a Winnebago in the wilderness, he acts all tough and mighty but Tia can see he's a more lovable kind of being who lost someone very close to him long ago as all 3 of them are on the run Tia and Tony finally understand what they both are and why they came to be orphans...definitely something out of this world this was an absolute childhood favorite of mine and I was happy to relive the memories the kids do all kinds of fun things with their powers, I also love the movie is a giant chase from beginning to end, and the Californian landscapes are breathtaking yeah some of the effects are dated but these kids are so terrific in their roles you want them to make it out safely Jason is a really good surrogate father figure for them, too the bad guys aside from the millionaire aren't all cookie-cutter and you see why they are fascinated by these kids with what they can do to be honest I never actually got the twist when I first saw it but watching it again after so long I finally understood the bigger meaning behind it the ending still gets me but it leaves the viewer with a big heartfelt note that no matter how many lost kids are out in the world there may be still a few good hearted men that will look out for them this is a gem from Disney that deserves to be remembered, it's a solid piece of family entertainment Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/22/23 Full Review kyle e While not perfect, this Disney sci-fi drama is one of their better films of the 70s. Some of the special effects may be dated by today's standards, but some weren't that bad, and the film does meander towards the end. But essentially this film is really quite charming, with a nice story, lovely music and a well written narrative. The direction is also good, and the cinematography is on the most part beautiful. But it is the performances that make Escape to Witch Mountain worth watching. Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are surprisingly good as Tia and Tony, while Donald Pleasance is a very good Lucas Deranian. It is Ray Milland who steals the show though, in a deliciously evil performance as Aristotle Bolt. Aside from the performances, this movie does have a lot of nostalgic value that holds up on repeated viewings. Followed by a follow-up movie Return from Witch Mountain and an inferior but average 1995 remake this is a very nice film that has enough thrills to delight kids and adults. 8/10 Bethany Cox Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia Malone (Kim Richards) are two orphaned siblings with extraordinary psychic powers. When their abilities attract the attention of a cruel millionaire, Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland), he kidnaps them with plans to exploit their powers for financial gain. Tony and Tia escape, and with the help of Jason O'Day (Eddie Albert), a bitter widower camping in a nearby Winnebago, they attempt to elude Bolt and begin to discover their otherworldly origins.
Director
John Hough
Producer
Jerome Courtland
Screenwriter
Robert Malcolm Young
Distributor
Walt Disney
Production Co
Walt Disney Productions
Rating
G
Genre
Kids & Family, Sci-Fi
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 21, 1975, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2014
Runtime
1h 37m
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