Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) - IMDb
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?


John Hough


Robert Malcolm Young (screenplay by), Alexander Key (based on the book by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Jason
Ray Milland ... Aristotle Bolt
Donald Pleasence ... Deranian
Kim Richards ... Tia
Ike Eisenmann ... Tony
Walter Barnes ... Sheriff Purdy
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Grindley
Denver Pyle ... Uncle Bene
Alfred Ryder ... Astrologer
Lawrence Montaigne ... Ubermann
Terry Wilson ... Biff Jenkins
George Chandler ... Grocer
Dermott Downs ... Truck
Shepherd Sanders ... Guru
Don Brodie ... Gasoline Attendant


Tia and Tony are two orphaned youngsters with extraordinary powers. Lucas Deranian poses as their uncle in order to get the kids into the clutches of Deranian's megalomanical boss, evil millionaire Aristotle Bolt, who wants to exploit them. Jason, a cynical widower, helps Tia and Tony "escape to witch mountain," while at the same time Tia and Tony help Jason escape the pain of the loss of his wife. Written by Adam Chotiner <>

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Did You Know?


Disney was looking to reinvent itself after the death of founder Walt, and wanted this movie to be dark and edgy. Director John Hough got the job as a result of his work on The Legend of Hell House (1973), which Disney executives had screened. See more »


When Jason first meets the children they are covered in flour, When we seen Tony in the RV his hair is caked in flour, yet when he and Tia run off to the waterfront to clean up it is noticeable there is less flour in it then there was in the previous scene. See more »


Aristotle Bolt: That thing's flying upside down... That's impossible! That kind of vehicle *can't* fly upside down. It's not supposed to fly at all!
[Looks down sees the sky. Looks up and sees the ground]
Aristotle Bolt: They're not upside down, we are!
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Alternate Versions

Early video releases were missing the magic sequence with the dancing puppets. Disney's response to complaints was that music rights were not available. See more »


Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: The Fortress (2013) See more »


When You Wish Upon a Star
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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User Reviews

This is perhaps the best childrens movie ever made!
12 November 1999 | by paulmsmith1953See all my reviews

I first saw Escape to Witch Mountain when it came out in 1975. Even though I was 22 at that time, I still remember the warm feelings that were in my heart when the movie was over. It made me feel like a little boy again! Over the years, I must have seen this movie at least 50 times, and I still get heart-warming feelings every time I view it. I have three children, (girls), and made sure that they saw it. They loved it! I originally went to see this movie because I was a fan of Donald Pleasence and Eddie Albert. It was'nt long before I became a fan of Ike and Kim as well. It would be terrific if Disney would do a sequel, (with Ike & Kim).

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21 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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