Escape to Witch Mountain (1995 film)
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|Escape to Witch Mountain|
|Based on||Escape to Witch Mountain
by Alexander Key
|Screenplay by||Peter Rader|
|Directed by||Peter Rader|
Erik von Detten
|Music by||Richard Marvin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Joan Van Horn
|Cinematography||Russ T. Alsobrook|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Preceded by||The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes|
|Followed by||Freaky Friday|
Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1995 American made-for-television fantasy-adventure film and a remake of the 1975 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Television which premiered on April 29, 1995 as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. It is the third in a series of four remakes of classic Disney films produced for broadcast on ABC during the 1994–95 television season.
On the outskirts of a small town there is a rock formation called Witch Mountain rumored to possess mysterious powers. The twins, named Danny and Anna, are found by Zoe Moon (Perrey Reeves), a young waitress. She notices when the children's hands touch, they create a wave of purple energy. However, before she can do anything, the infant children are separated when Bruno the Hermit (Brad Dourif) places Anna on a truck upon Bruno being spotted by Sheriff Bronson (Kevin Tighe).
Danny (Erik von Detten) spends the next nine years of his life between foster families, with none of which he feels at home with his recent run-away being thwarted by Bronson and his men. Frustrated by the inability to place Danny, his social worker decides to leave him at an orphanage run by Lindsay Brown (Lynne Moody). Here he is reunited with Anna (Elisabeth Moss) as she saves him from Xander (Sam Horrigan), a well-determine boy. Danny and Anna are initially not aware of their relationship; despite the odd mannerisms they share identical decisions. Once touch hands and shin purple light they realize to be siblings with paranormal powers. Xander is envies seeing Anna and Danny grow closer. They later foreseen an accident that catch the attention of Edward Bolt (Robert Vaughn), a local magnate seeking to develop the nearby Witch Mountain. He decides to take care of them as their foster father. Danny is happy with the development, since he now has his sister and will have a nice home, but Anna is more apprehensive about being adopted by Bolt. She comes to know Bolt's chauffeur Luthor (Brad Dourif) who is somewhat familiar with the twins.
During one of their outings, Anna uses her psionic abilities. As a result, the owner of the purple general shop named Waldo Fudd (Vincent Schiavelli) takes them aside, revealing that he possesses the same abilities they do. He goes on to say that there are many more like them, all extraterrestrials from a world where everyone has a twin. They came to Earth to explore, but all of them separated out of quarrels they experienced on Earth. Waldo has been working to reunite them all and take them home. Meanwhile, Zoe sees the purple light from the front of the shop and recognizes it; she confronts Waldo in hopes of finding the twins she saw, but he dismisses her declaration. She spoke to a cosmologist if there are any parallel worlds like Earth, then Waldo leaves her some clues as to what will happen to Anna and Danny, if she wants to help them.
Bolt's true intentions are to exploit the twins' power to blast open Witch Mountain without explosives in order to obtain its valuable rock material, despite Waldo's protest that the mountain must not be tamper with. When Anna discovers the truth she telepathically warns Danny, but Bolt use Anna as a hostage so Danny will do as he asks. Xander busts them out when the orphan kids come over to play, Danny communicates with a black horse named Thunderbolt to ride them to Waldo's shop, making Lindsay suspicious to why would they run away from Bolt as he sends in the police to retrieve them. At Witch Mountain, Anna and Danny escape with help from Zoe and Bruno as they combine each other's hands to levitate Bruno's truck. Upon his plot being exposed by Luthor, Bolt is arrested by Bronson.
It is here where Waldo and many other united twins are waiting for them. Bruno and Luthor are revealed to be twins as well and end up joining them. Using Waldo and his twin's power on the other side, they all return home in pairs, with Anna and Danny going last to close the gate between their home world and Earth. Waldo casually comments that he will be waiting for the next group of tourists. Anna and Danny float up into the purple smoke to Witch Mountain. Zoe narrates that Witch Mountain is not haunted but has light in it.
- Elisabeth Moss as Anna
- Erik von Detten as Danny
- Perrey Reeves as Zoe Moon
- Robert Vaughn as Edward Bolt
- Lynne Moody as Lindsay Brown
- Lauren Tom as Claudia Ford
- Vincent Schiavelli as Waldo Fudd
- Henry Gibson as Ravetch
- Sam Horrigan as Xander
- Bobby Motown as Skeeto
- Kevin Tighe as Sheriff Bronson
- Brad Dourif as Bruno the Hermit, Luthor
- John Petlock as Butler
- Beth Colt as Woman officer
- Daniel Lavery as Mr. Flynn
- Jeffrey Lampert as Man on TV
- Ray Lykins as Deputy
- Jennifer & Marissa Bullock as baby Anna
- Nikki & Sammi Allen as baby Danny