Escape to Witch Mountain

  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

Common Sense Media says

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
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.

Parents say

Kids say

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Older kids might find this 1970s classic somewhat outdated, but there's still much for the younger set to enjoy, especially Tony and Tia's magical powers.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!
Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2009

:) It's Good

This movie is OK, but a little too much violence. It is pretty funny though in most parts.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

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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