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Still shot from the movie: Escape To Witch Mountain.

Escape To Witch Mountain

Exceptionally gifted children are the center of attention in this 1975 Disney movie. Available on DVD in a Special Edition version, this story follows the plight of orphans, Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards), as they try to discover where they came from and why they possess some unusual powers. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 21 Mar 1975
Video Release: 10 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: G
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Alexander Key's classic novel, Escape To Witch Mountain was adapted to the big screen in 1975. The movie follows the plight of Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards), a brother and sister who posses unusual powers, as they apply their special kind of magic in an attempt to uncover their puzzling past.

Orphaned not once, but twice, the unfortunate pair finds themselves being placed back in the system. Before arriving at a home for children awaiting adoption, they decide to conceal their gifts to avoid being labeled as freaks once again. Nonetheless, when Tony shields himself from the school bully by levitating a baseball mitt and bat, he shocks the other kids. During a later altercation with the vengeful tyke, Tia's treasured keepsake, a star box, is knocked from her hands and breaks on the ground revealing a hidden map.

However, before they are able to further investigate this possible key to their mysterious origins, fate intervenes. While on a field trip to Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (hey, a Disney movie within a Disney movie!), Tia warns a stranger (Donald Pleasence) not to enter his limousine, which is soon plowed into by a tow truck.

While the girl can see somewhat into the future, she is unaware that her prediction has sparked the man's interest. Falsifying documents, he claims custody of the children and takes them to his employer's mansion, where the merciless and greedy millionaire (Ray Milland) intends to use their supernatural endowments for his own personal gain. Although provided with an opulent wonderland, extravagantly furnished with treats and toys, the siblings sense the corrupt tycoon's evil intentions and decide to escape.

Following the new-found map to Witch Mountain--a place they hope is their long lost home--these resourceful kids outwit the grown-ups time and time again, armed with their special abilities and friends found along the way (one of whom is played by Eddie Albert). Young audiences will likely enjoy watching these antics, even if the special effects and acting may seem a little cheesy by today's lavish production standards. Parents who loved this popular movie as children may find the nostalgic sharing to be the best part of the experience.

Escape To Witch Mountain is rated G:

Cast: Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards. Eddie Albert, Donald Pleasence.
Studio: 1975 Walt Disney Pictures

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