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Back to the Future (1985)

 -  Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  3 July 1985 (USA)
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A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

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Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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17 year old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early. See more »


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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)

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£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)
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Trivia

When Marty is being judged at the band auditions at the beginning, the judge who stands up to say he is "just too darn loud" is Huey Lewis, whose songs, "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time" are featured on the movie's soundtrack, and also wrote Marty's audition song (which is a re-orchestrated version of "The Power of Love.") See more »

Goofs

When Marty first meets the Doc he is wearing his mind reading hat. He takes the sucker from the dog and turns on the main machine and attaches the sucker to Marty's forehead. Behind Marty and to his left can be seen a Jacob's ladder electrical spark tube. This was turned on by the Doc using a switch at the top right of the main machine as we see it. Marty later pulls the sucker off his forehead, and the Jacob's ladder spark stops. Neither of them touched any switches to enable that. See more »

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[first lines]
1985 radio announcer: October is inventory time, so right now, Statler Toyota is making the best deals of the year on all 1985-model Toyotas. You won't find a better car at a better price with better service anywhere in Hill Valley. That's Statler Toyota in downtown Hill Valley.
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For the video release, "To Be Continued" was added before the closing credits. This title has disappeared from the DVD release. See more »


Soundtracks

NIGHT TRAIN
(1951)
Written by Oscar Washington (uncredited), Lewis Simpkins, (uncredited) and Jimmy Forrest (uncredited)
Performed by Harry Waters Jr. (as Marvin Berry) and (Tommy Thomas, Granville 'Danny' Young,
David Harold Brown, and Lloyd L. Tolbert) (as The Starlighters)
Produced by Bones Howe
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The Lost Blockbuster
3 July 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Back to the Future is one of those rare, almost forgotten, pieces of pop culture that, surprisingly, draws little attention to itself. Unlike such notable gimmicks as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Independence Day, there aren't any low-budget leeches trying to imitate off this work and cash-in on its success. This is due to the near flawless script. Why it didn't win an Oscar, you're guess is as good as mine. Making a time-travel storyline as in this movie that doesn't fall into plot holes the size of Terminator's is exceptionally difficult. I'd know.

The film starts slow, and gradually accelerates as it progresses. You could almost call it a Jerry Bruckheimer movie for kids with Spielberg's trademark nostalgia. The characters themselves are typical stereotypes for a movie like this and none of them, not even Marty himself, gel with potential. In some ways it's as if MAD magazine made the film in an attempt to be serious.

With such an automotive obsession as this film has, one must wonder if George Lucas was involved.

Overall, I have to praise this movie for its inventiveness and originality, even if it created most of our time-travel cliches. 4 out of 5 stars. Well worth your time.


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