Escape To Witch Mountain

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Escape To Witch Mountain (1975 Movie)

“Escape to Witch Mountain” is a fantasy-adventure film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1975. It is based on the 1968 novel of the same name written by Alexander Key. The movie was directed by John Hough and stars Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, and child actors Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann.

The story revolves around two siblings, Tony and Tia, who possess extraordinary psychic powers. They are orphans and have no memory of their past. They escape from an oppressive orphanage and start a journey to find their true identities and purpose.

The children soon discover that they are not ordinary humans but are actually extraterrestrial beings with special abilities. They can communicate with each other telepathically, move objects with their minds (telekinesis), and even communicate with animals. They also possess a mysterious harmonica with magical properties.

On their journey, they meet a kind-hearted widower named Jason O’Day (played by Eddie Albert), who decides to help and protect them. They embark on an adventure filled with danger and intrigue as they are pursued by unscrupulous individuals who want to exploit their powers.

As the story unfolds, it is revealed that the children are from a distant planet and have come to Earth to fulfill a mission. They must reach Witch Mountain, a mysterious place where their destiny awaits.

“Escape to Witch Mountain” was well-received by both critics and audiences, becoming a commercial success for Disney. The film’s success led to a sequel titled “Return from Witch Mountain” in 1978, which continued the adventures of Tony and Tia.

The movie is regarded as a classic family-friendly adventure film, known for its charming performances, engaging storyline, and special effects. It has left a lasting impact on audiences and continues to be remembered fondly by those who grew up watching it.

Fun Facts

  • “Escape to Witch Mountain” is a Disney live-action film released in 1975. It is based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Alexander Key and is known for its blend of science fiction and adventure.
  • The film follows the adventures of two siblings, Tony and Tia, who possess psychic powers and are pursued by a wealthy millionaire who wants to exploit their abilities. The story explores themes of friendship, trust, and self-discovery.
  • “Escape to Witch Mountain” was successful upon its release and led to a sequel, “Return from Witch Mountain,” in 1978. The film also inspired a remake in 1995, as well as several made-for-TV sequels and adaptations, solidifying its place in Disney’s sci-fi legacy.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $20 million
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  • Eddie Albert: Jason O’Day
  • Ray Milland: Aristotle Bolt
  • Donald Pleasence: Lucas Deranian
  • Kim Richards: Tia Malone
  • Kyle Richards: Young Tia Malone
  • Ike Eisenmann: Tony Malone
  • Walter Barnes: Sheriff Purdey
  • Reta Shaw: Mrs. Grindley
  • Denver Pyle: Uncle Bené
  • Alfred Ryder: Astrologer
  • Lawrence Montaigne: Ubermann
  • Terry Wilson: Biff Jenkins
  • George Chandler: Grocer
  • Dermott Downs: Truck
  • Don Brodie: Gasoline Attendant
  • Paul Sorenson: Sergeant Foss
  • Harry Holcombe: Captain Malone
  • Sam Edwards: Mate
  • Dan Seymour: Psychic
  • Eugene Daniels: Cort


  • Director: John Hough
  • Producer: Ron Miller and Jerome Courtland
  • Music: Johnny Mandel

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