Return from Witch Mountain

Return from Witch Mountain

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Director: John Hough

Cast: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards

     
 

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The Fury meets The Misadventures of Merlin Jones in this comic-book sequel to Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain. Reprising their roles as the psychic siblings from another world are Kim Richards asSee more details below

Overview

The Fury meets The Misadventures of Merlin Jones in this comic-book sequel to Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain. Reprising their roles as the psychic siblings from another world are Kim Richards as Tia and Ike Eisenmann as Tony. Their Uncle Bene (Denver Pyle) gives the kids a treat by letting them vacation on planet Earth, and they make the most of it by immediately getting into hot water. It seems that arch-fiend Dr. Victor Gannon (Christopher Lee) and his Bette Davis-like accomplice, Letha (Bette Davis), are in the process of testing a mind-control device. They want to see if they can mentally save their cohort Sickle (Anthony James) from plunging to his death from atop a building. Tony spots Sickle's plunge and telekinetically saves him. When Dr. Gannon sees Tony's powers, he kidnaps him, hoping to utilize his otherworldly powers for his own nefarious purposes. Enlisting the aid of a collection of low-life youngsters (Christian Juttner, Brad Savage, Poindexter, and Jeffrey Jacquet), Tia uses her powers of telepathy to contact her brother and tries to rescue him from Gannon's clutches.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Return From Witch Mountain reunites much of the creative team from Escape To Witch Mountain and, while the results are watchable, they never hit the heights of the previous film. The root problem is Malcolm Marmorstein's script, which has a rather weak plot (the villains seem to change their plans every reel) and cheapens its thriller plot with self-conscious cutesiness and goofy humor that panders to the kiddie audience in a way its predecessor never did. As a result, Return From Witch Mountain never rises above the level of an amiable programmer but the end result is too professional to be dismissed entirely. John Hough's direction remains as taut as ever and is aided nicely by crisp, colorful lensing from cinematographer Frank Stanley and solid visual effects from Disney's technical wizards. In terms of acting, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are given less to do than in the previous film (another notable flaw of the script) but Christopher Lee and Bette Davis have a grand time hamming up as the film's over the top villains, adding an extra shot of life to the often formulaic proceedings. In short, Return From Witch Mountain is a lesser but fairly entertaining effort that has just enough going on to keep fans of the first film entertained.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
UPC:
0786936789041
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
13,380

Special Features

All-new pop-up fun facts; Making the return trip; The gang's back in town; Disney kids with powers; "The Eyes Have It"; Lost treasure: Christopher lee, the lost interview; 1978 Disney studio album; Audio commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Letha
Christopher Lee Victor
Kim Richards Tia
Ike Eisenmann Tony
Jack Soo Mr. Yokomoto
Anthony James Sickle
Dick Bakalyan Eddie
Ward Costello Mr. Clearcole
Christian Juttner Dazzler
Poindexter Crusher
Brad Savage Muscles
Jeffrey Jacquet Rocky
Stu Gilliam Dolan
William H. Bassett Operations Officer
Tom Scott Monitor
Helene Winston Dowager
Denver Pyle Uncle Bene
Brian Part Goon #1
Bob Yothers Cop
Bob James Gate Guard
Ruth Warshawsky Lady in Car
Lloyd Nelson Museum Guard
Ted Noose Policeman
Wally K. Berns Man in Car

Technical Credits
John Hough Director
Bob Bring Editor
Jerome Courtland Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Michael Dmytryk Asst. Director
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Malcolm Marmorstein Screenwriter
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Ron Miller Cinematographer,Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Jack Senter Art Director
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Return From Witch Mountain
1. Opening Credits/Tia & Tony Arrive [6:39]
2. The Test [6:58]
3. Tony's Abduction [6:33]
4. The Hideout [6:53]
5. Powers [7:36]
6. Letha's Plan [11:35]
7. Tia's Pursuit [5:19]
8. Trapped [3:18]
9. The Rescue [8:01]
10. Red Alert! [4:09]
11. Help on the Way! [3:09]
12. Going Home/End Credits [8:43]

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