Return From Witch Mountain (1978)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1978Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Weak sequel to the superhit original will be enjoyed by children only. The two kids with mystical powers from Escape To Witch Mountain have returned, a couple of years older and ready to enjoy some time in the big city away from the pressures of genetic superiority. They arrive in Los Angeles and almost immediately get into trouble, Tony getting kidnapped by a mad scientist () and his batty benefactress (Bette Davis), and Tia getting lost and taking up with a bunch of street kids. Tia keeps trying to find her brother using her telepathic powers, but the mind control device that Lee has strapped to the boy’s head, and which allows the villain to get the young man to do the most heinous things, prevents her from finding him. The bad guy’s world domination plans are so silly that a Bond villain would laugh at him, but Davis’s sprightly energy helps to balance Lee’s off-putting superiority complex. Meanwhile, the kids are all wonderfully sincere, and the visual effects impressively pulled off; it’s a shame that the story is such amateur material.

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