Return From Witch Mountain

Synopsis: Tia and her brother Tony have supernatural powers, can communicate and move things with the power of their mind alone. They arrive on Earth for a visit in Los Angeles. When Tony uses his powers to prevent an accident, he gets into the hands of Dr. Gannon, a ruthless scientist who's constantly striving for power over the world. He puts him a device into the brain that allows him to control Tony's will. Tia gets help from a kids gang to free Tony and save the Earth.
Director(s): John Hough
Production: Buena Vista Distribution Company
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

[machine whirring]

[girl] nice landing,

Uncle Bene.

Right on the

50-yard line.

[boy] should've gone

for a touchdown.

Next time, I'll put it

right between the goalposts.

[girl] can't wait to see

the museums and go to

all the concerts.

[Bene] that's why we arranged

this little vacation.

We've been so busy establishing

our community on Witch Mountain

That you two haven't had

an opportunity

To see what life

in the big city is all about.

I'd rather go to the beach

and learn how to surf.

[chuckling] there'll be

another time for that.

Just remember what I told you,

and have a lot of fun.

- It's locked.

- Tia?

Tony, come back here.

Now, never energize unless

it's absolutely necessary.


If earth kids can live here

without energizing, you can too.

[tires screeching]

[brakes squealing]

You the party

I'm supposed to pick up?

- [Bene] just the children.

- All right.

Meter's running, hop in.

I got it.

[cabbie grunts]

I've been

waiting here forever.

You know, people wait for taxis,

not taxis wait for people.

We're exactly

on time.

Yeah, well, kind of a

strange time and place

to be making a pick up.

I mean, if you're here for the

next game, it's in three months.

We have seats

on the 50-yard line.

[Tony laughs]

Deliver the children

to this address.

You'll be paid

after you arrive.

This is a big fare here.

If these kids pay me, I hope

they know I get a big tip.

Now, everything's been arranged.

I'll see you Friday.

- Ok. Goodbye, Uncle Bene.

- Goodbye.

- Have fun, you two.

- [tires screeches]

[engine revving]

[horn honking]

- Look at that dummy.

- [honking horn]

Get off the road,

you dummy.


These civilians

don't know how to drive.

They ought to be

kept off the streets.

The streets belong

to us professional drivers.

Taxis, buses, trucks.

That's all that should

be allowed on the streets.

You see, I happen to know

a great deal about driving.

I have a perfect safety record.

[honking horn]

Come on, get out

of the way, you bum.


[car doors shut]

[woman] thank you.

Thank you, sickle.

Well, this is

a perfect test site.

Little traffic...

...And low

real estate value.

It's adequate,

I suppose.

Ok, let's get this over with.

This thing on all right?

It's ready.

What do you want him

to do this time?

I want you to

climb that fire escape...

...To the absolute top.

Wait a minute.


This is as high as I go.

You want me to

break somebody's leg?

Just tell me how many pieces.

But up there, I don't go.

- Why not?

- Because I'm afraid of heights.

I will get dizzy.

I will fall.

That is true, Victor.

He has acrophobia...

...Among other things.

Find a different test for him.

Acrophobia is not

a problem with my device.

Start climbing.

I will do anything else you say,

But I am not going

up that building, understand?

- I...

- Sickle...

...I command you

to climb up that fire escape.

You will go

to the very top,

You will turn around,

and you will look down.

And you will not

be frightened of heights.

Off you go.

It's working.

It's working!

It seems to be.

Victor. Victor,

you are risking his life.

He's my nephew.

My only living relative.

He's the only one

I can leave my...

...Uh, my bankruptcy to.

That's what experimentation

is all about, Letha.

[Letha] we cannot

afford to lose him.

I am the only one

we cannot afford to lose.

Can't you see that I've got

complete control over his mind?

He has no fear,

no memory, no will.

He can only

carry out my commands.

- [car rattling]

- what... What's happening?

We're out of gas.

What are you, crazy? Look at

the dial, it points to... Empty.


- [exhales]

- [horns honking]

It was all that waiting

I had to do for youse.

I'll run down the street to the

gas station and get some gas.

Boy, oh, boy.

You guys are costing me

a lot of dough.

I sure hope you

make the tip worth it.

Something's going to happen

to someone near here.

We've got to help.

No, I think you'd better stay

here and wait for the driver.

I'll go.

I think it came from

back that way.

Be careful.

And remember what

Uncle Bene said.

That is enough.

Bring him down!

[victor] sickle,

turn to your right.

Balance yourself

And walk along

the ledge.

[Letha] Victor, no.


I'll bring him down myself.

Give that to me.

[wires crackling]

Look what

you've done.

[exhales sharply]

Sickle, stop.

Sickle, I'm

commanding you to stop.

Sickle, this is Dr. Victor

Gannon commanding you to stop!

- He's out of control.

- [Letha] sickle!

Go back!

[Letha screeching] sickle!


Letha... Look.

- I can't look.

- You must.

[footsteps approaching]

[Letha] it's miraculous.

There are

no miracles, Letha.

Only scientific explanations

for everything.

Well, then, just explain to me

what we're seeing.

It... Must be...

...That... Boy.

There's a...

There's a force that...

...Centers around that boy.

A force capable

of countermanding

The basic physical law of...


Victor, I don't know

what you're talking about.

Molecular mobilization.

- I need that boy, Letha.

- [horns honking]

- I need him desperately.

- Now, just a minute.

Brilliant, my boy.


Congratulations, young man,

for a fantastic...

Well, whatever it was

you just did,

It was absolutely heroic.

It was nothing,

I just... [gasps]

[tires screeching]

[sirens approaching]

[dog barks]

[helicopter approaching]

[boy #1] get off

the street!

- [boy #2] run!

- [boy #3] hide!

[boy #4] here come

the goon goons!

[older boy #1]

let's get 'em!

[older boy #2]

they run like chickens.

[boy #1] more goons!

[boy #2] we're trapped!

[boy #3] hide or they'll get ya.

Over here.

[older boy #2] it ain't no use

hiding behind those trash cans.

[older boy #1] the earthquakes'

got girls in their gang.

Let's finish 'em.

[older boy #1] hey!

[older boy #2] now, where

in the world did that come from?

It was a set up.

- Let's give it to 'em.

- Yeah.

- [all yell]

- hey!


That was an ambush!

[older boy #2]

stop banging into me.

[older boy #1] I can't see.

[older boy #3]

I can't get out.

[older boy #4] get me out.

Get it off me.

[boys] yeah! All right!

Hey, you really saved us

from getting wiped out.

Yeah, thanks a lot.

- What's your name?

- Tia.

- I'm Rocky.

- I'm muscles.

- Crusher.

- And I'm dazzler.

We're the earthquake gang.

Does that scare you?

- No.

- Aww.

Let's change

our name again.

We gotta have

a name that scares.

- Yeah.

- Hey.

How'd you do what you done?

Well, I really

didn't do anything.

Yeah. You a magician

or something?


You want to join our gang?

I'm sorry.

I'm looking for someone.

- Thanks anyway.

- Aw, sure.

I guess you're like

the rest of them.

You've heard

we're a nothing gang.

Yeah, well we ain't

always gonna be nothing.

Someday we're gonna

be the toughest.

Take over the whole territory.

Someday they're gonna run

when they see us

coming down the block.

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Malcolm Marmorstein

Malcolm Marmorstein (born August 9, 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey - died November 21, 2020 Los Angeles, CA) was an American playwrite, screenwriter and director. more…

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