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Back to the Future (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  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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Marty McFly just broke the time barrier. He's only got one week to get it fixed. See more »


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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)

Gross:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)
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Trivia

In the original script, Doc Brown and Marty sell bootleg videos in order to fund the time machine. This plot point was removed at Universal's request, as they did not want to be seen as promoting movie piracy. See more »

Goofs

When he finds that his machine gun is ineffective in stopping the DeLorean, the terrorist gunner is shown leaning down and speaking through the open sunroof to someone else in the back of the van, telling him to help him get out the grenade launcher. Yet in the other close-up shots of the van, just the gunner's legs are visible inside the van, there is nobody else visible in the van besides the driver. See more »

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The character Marty McFly is credited as a performer on the song "Johnny B. Goode". It is actually sung by Mark Campbell with a guitar solo by Tim May. See more »

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Soundtracks

MR. SANDMAN
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Written by Pat Ballard (uncredited)
Performed by The Four Aces (as Four Aces)
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Gotta get back in time! Get back Marty!
27 February 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) **** Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Marc McClure, Wendy Jo Sperber. This generation's "It's a Wonderful Life"? Think about it. Very popular and very entertaining sci-fi comedy that made Fox a movie star after success with tv's "Family Ties", casting him, after Eric Stoltz was dropped, as Marty McFly who winds up in a nuclear-powered DeLorean time-machine and is sent back in time to 1955 by his quintessentially eccentric friend Dr. Emmet Brown (Lloyd doing a fine Art Carney). There he meets up with his parents to be and realizes his chance encounters have changed his future and he must see history repeat itself or perish. High-concept hilarity and some truly ingenious schematics thanks to screenwriter Bob Gale and director Bob Zemeckis. Wondering what it would be like to never be born and/or what it would be like if things were different...see what I mean. Oscar-nominated song "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis (who has a fun cameo) fuels this dynamo gem of a film. Classic.


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