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Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

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Tia and Tony visit Los Angeles, but he's quickly kidnapped by an evil scientist, leaving her to desperately search for him.

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John Hough

Writers:

Malcolm Marmorstein, Alexander Key (characters)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Letha
Christopher Lee ... Victor
Kim Richards ... Tia
Ike Eisenmann ... Tony
Jack Soo ... Mr. Yokomoto
Anthony James ... Sickle
Richard Bakalyan ... Eddie (as Dick Bakalyan)
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Mr. Clearcole
Christian Juttner ... Dazzler
Brad Savage ... Muscles
Poindexter Yothers Poindexter Yothers ... Crusher (as Poindexter)
Jeffrey Jacquet Jeffrey Jacquet ... Rocky
Stu Gilliam Stu Gilliam ... Dolan
William Bassett ... Operations Officer (as William H. Bassett)
Tom Scott Tom Scott ... Monitor
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Storyline

Tia and her brother Tony have supernatural powers, can communicate and moving things with the power of their minds. While in Los Angeles for a visit. Tony uses his powers to prevent an accident, and the ruthless scientist, iDr. Gannon, who's looking to control the world, finds out and takes Tony into his clutches. Gannon implants a device near Tony's brain which enables him to control Tony's will. its up to Tia Anna a group of kids to free Tony and save the Earth. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's a barrel of laughs when the Earth gang are introduced to Tia's magical powers. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return from Witch Mountain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,393,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,393,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bette Davis agreed to do this movie because it was a movie her grandchildren could watch. Also, Davis had three people tending to her on the set throughout the shooting of this movie. See more »

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When the two children and Uncle Bene are walking away from the Rose Bowl, the camera pans back to reveal crosses marked on the ground for where the actors are supposed to stand and walk. See more »

Quotes

[the security guard is levitating at the ceiling where Tony left him]
Security Guard: Could you get me down please?
[Tia lowers him to the floor]
Security Guard: Thank you. Now, where are you going?
Tia: We're going in there.
Security Guard: Oh, no. No one goes in there without ID.
[Tia levitates him back up to the ceiling]
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Alternate Versions

In the Spanish Castilian version Tia's name was changed into "Sia", because in Spanish "Tía" means "Aunt" and is the slang for "Chick". See more »

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"You can't be tough and educated, too."
29 December 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Sequel to Escape from Witch Mountain has the two kids from that film returning for a visit. It doesn't take long before they're once again in trouble with people interested in them for their powers (which are called 'energizing' in this one). Decent follow-up to a great film that unfortunately doesn't match up to the original. Returning from the first movie are stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, as well as Denver Pyle. Pyle's full-on Uncle Jesse at this point with his look. The movie sadly does not feature the return of Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, and Donald Pleasence. Albert is especially missed. His character was the emotional connection between the kids and this world so it would have made sense if they returned for a visit, it would be to see him. So it's disappointing he isn't in this or even mentioned. What we do get are screen legends Bette Davis and Christopher Lee, as well as a group of street yutes called the Earthquake Gang.

Richards and Eisenmann are fine but they're outshone by the vets in this one. Lee and Davis are both good, with Davis turning in a particularly fun performance. The movie's never dull when she's on screen. Director John Hough helmed both the first film and this one. He would later direct the Disney horror movie The Watcher in the Woods, which also starred Bette Davis and Kim Richards' younger sister Kyle. The special effects aren't terribly impressive but most of them aren't embarrassing, either. A lot of wire work and rear projection stuff. It's a kids movie, so go in expecting a certain degree of corniness. The first one was, too, but it had a little more maturity about it than this. All the kid gang stuff is a little silly but harmless and amusing. Like I said before, it's a decent sequel but not as good as Escape to Witch Mountain. There's more goofy comedy this time which might turn off some grown-ups. But it's worth a look if you're a fan of the first movie or a fan of Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. Also worth a look to see "Barney Miller" actor Jack Soo having fun in his last movie role before his death.


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