Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

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Director: John Hough

Cast: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence

     
 

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This fast-paced Disney endeavor stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as two adolescents with acute psychic powers. The kids are actually space aliens, but suffer from amnesia and are unaware of their origins. Pursued by greedy business-mogul Ray Milland, who wants to harness their special powers for his benefit, Kim and Ike are rescued by likeable camper Eddie Albert.… See more details below

Overview

This fast-paced Disney endeavor stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as two adolescents with acute psychic powers. The kids are actually space aliens, but suffer from amnesia and are unaware of their origins. Pursued by greedy business-mogul Ray Milland, who wants to harness their special powers for his benefit, Kim and Ike are rescued by likeable camper Eddie Albert. He and the kids escape to the mountain of the title when Albert's RV suddenly acquires the power of flight. In 1978, the film spawned the sequel Return from Witch Mountain.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A stellar cast of venerable character actors lends a touch of class to this 1975 Walt Disney live-action fantasy adventure about orphaned siblings Tony and Tia, who possess strange psychic and telekinetic gifts that they do not fully understand. Are they, in the words of a bullying classmate, "a couple of weirdos," or are their wondrous powers literally out of this world? Ray Milland stars as Bolt, a ruthless millionaire who wants to greedily harness their "sixth-sense incidents," Eddie Albert costars as the "impatient, selfish" curmudgeon in whose mobile home the young runaways escape from Bolt. What begins as intriguingly eerie descends in the last reel to supernatural slapstick, as Tony and Tia conjure up nonviolent ways to thwart their foolish adult pursuers, from mind-melding with a bear to flipping a helicopter. With its nifty stop-motion special effects, this is true escapist entertainment.
All Movie Guide
One would not normally think of using the words "Disney" and "thriller" in the same sentence but Escape To Witch Mountain is a happy exception to that idea. Though geared towards a younger audience, the script never cops out or talks down to its viewers -- instead, it delivers an engaging mystery story paced with plenty of effects-laden setpieces. Escape To Witch Mountain benefits greatly from the confident direction of John Hough, who brings the thriller-crafting skills he developed on films like The Legend Of Hell House and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry into play here. He gives the film a bracing style full of mobile camerawork -- the many car-chase scenes are truly thrilling thanks to the visceral visual style - and effective editing that grabs the viewer's attention (the latter aspect is best illustrated through Tia's frequent flashbacks). It's a pleasant surprise that he shows a nice talent for Disney-style whimsy, as well: the best example is a delightful scene where Tony uses his telekinetic ability to bring a roomful of marionettes to life. That said, Escape To Witch Mountain's appeal is sealed by a series of excellent performances: Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards make a charismatic, down-to-earth pair of young heroes while Eddie Albert adds gruff charm as their reluctant protector and Ray Milland and Donald Pleasance make a slyly menacing pair of villains. To sum up, Escape To Witch Mountain is one of Disney's best live-action efforts from the 1970's and a thriller that adults can enjoy along with their kids.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
UPC:
0786936788990
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
11,226

Special Features

All-new pop-up fun facts; Making the escape; Conversations with John Hough; Disney sci-fi; "Pluto's Dream House"; Disney effects - something special; 1975 Disney studio album; Audio commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Albert Jason
Ray Milland Aristotle Bolt
Donald Pleasence Deranian
Kim Richards Tia
Ike Eisenmann tony
Walter Barnes Sheriff Purdy
Reta Shaw Mrs. Grindley
Denver Pyle Uncle Bene
Shepherd Sanders Guru
Alfred Ryder Astrologer
Lawrence Montaigne Ubermann
Terry Wilson Bitt Jenkins
George Chandler Grocer
Dermott Downs Truck
Don Brodie Gasoline Attendant
Paul Sorenson Sgt. Foss
Alfred Rossi Policeman No. 3
Tiger Joe Marsh Lorko
Harry Holcombe Capt. Malone
Sam Edwards Mate
Dan Seymour Psychic
Eugene Daniels Cort
Al Dunlap Deputy
Rex Holman Hunter No. 1
Tony Giorgio Hunter

Technical Credits
John Hough Director
Fred Brost Asst. Director
Jerome Courtland Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Ron Miller Executive Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Frank C. Regula Sound/Sound Designer
Al Y. Roelofs Art Director
Robert Stafford Editor
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Robert M. Young Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Escape to Witch Mountain
1. Opening Credits/Welcome to Pinewood [5:52]
2. Making Friends the Hard Way [4:57]
3. Premonitions [7:12]
4. The Deception [12:32]
5. Powers Revealed [5:21]
6. The Escape [6:25]
7. An Unlikely Friend [6:38]
8. Looking for Stony Creek [14:30]
9. A Brush With the Law [7:01]
10. On the Run [2:01]
11. Searching for a Clue [12:08]
12. Discovering the Past/End Credits [4:52]

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