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Escape to Witch Mountain

Movie review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
Escape to Witch Mountain Movie Poster Image
They don't make them like this anymore.
  • G
  • 1975
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness

Some tense scenes and mildly scary moments.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycrackerjack5 April 11, 2009


Excellent movie. I enjoyed it as a kid, and I plan to show it to my future kids some day.
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017
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-... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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Older kids might find this 1970s classic somewhat outdated, but there's still much for the younger set to enjoy, especially Tony and Tia's magical powers.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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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