Escape to Witch Mountain



They don't make them like this anymore.
  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Team work and perseverance get these two children back to their ship.

Positive role models

The twins, who have telepathic powers, use them for good.

Violence & scariness

Some tense scenes and mildly scary moments.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly film has some mildy scary/tense scenes that may frighten sensitive or younger kids.

What's the story?

In ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, twins Tony and Tia are taken to an orphanage. They have no family, just their cat Winky, but they do have extraordinary powers. The can communicate telepathically, can move objects, and Tia communicates with animals. It goes without saying that some people want to exploit them, and before long they are in the clutches of wealthy Mr. Bolt (Ray Milland), who plans to use their powers to make more money. But Tony and Tia see through him and escape, searching for the real home that they have only seen in foggy and incomplete memories. They are helped along the way by Jason (Eddie Albert), a crusty old loner who they completely win over. The children use their powers to help them get away, with results that are sometimes funny and sometimes mildly scary.

Is it any good?


Older kids might find this 1970s classic somewhat outdated, but there's still much for the younger set to enjoy, especially Tony and Tia's magical powers. The child actors, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, are very natural and sweet, and they make you care about them right from the start.

The special effects are very simple and straightforward, but remain surprisingly realistic. The climatic car chase, utterly unenhanced by fancy cuts and stunts, is very suspenseful. And it ends with an upside down helicopter, which is something few films can match.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's themes of family, and knowing where you really belong in the world.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 21, 1975
DVD release date:January 1, 2003
Cast:Ike Eisenmann, Kim Richards, Ray Milland
Director:John Hough
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Space and aliens
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2012

Amazing film with some frightening footage...

This is, personally, one of my favorite movies of all time, and I just love watching it over and over again. When I first got it as a gift and watched it, I was very young (around eight) and sensitive, so the flashbacks that Tia had throughout the film gave me nightmares. But other than that, there is nothing not to love about this movie, and if your child is old enough to handle scary scenes, then I am sure it will become a favorite!
Teen, 13 years old Written byDisneymovielover77 February 6, 2015

A good a sci-fi movie

This movie has less violence than the new one and funny in some parts. This is one of my all time favorite a Sci-Fi films besides Flight of the Navigator, Wall-E, E.T, and the other 2 films that are apart of the witch mountain trilogy. I was looking for a good movie to watch on Netflix and I stumbled upon this one so I decided to give it a spin and I showed it to my little brother. I read the book and while it does have different twists than the book it's still a good film to watch. My favorite part was when Tony was playing his harmonica and the marionettes start to dance and Tia was dancing along with them. It's funny in some parts and entertaining over all. Those of you who love this movie then read the book it's really good book and movie. The message is to be who you are and that we may be different than each other by our personalities and other things but really we do belong in the same world. I think that the movie does really well with this message and expresses it well. It has less violence than the newer one (2009 version) but your kids will watch this one and the newer one.
What other families should know
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Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Every badly made and a big time waister!

This movie is a life waister. Don't watch it unless you are 6 or under. The acting is horable and the plot is a discrace. I mean "save the bear." What does that have to do with the storyline? I personaly think that the reason they have so many random seens is because the writer came up with a boreing, short, and random storyline and attemted (and failed) to make it more interesting by adding this stuff. Cute but not worth renting and watching. Do yourself a faver and forget anyone ever told you it was good.


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