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Back to the Future (1985)

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Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.


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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 a 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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He was never in time for his classes . . .Then one day he wasn't in his time at all. See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Volver al futuro  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332,134, 7 July 1985, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Marty is entering his high school in 1985, the building appears run down and has been covered with graffiti. One of the pieces of graffiti reads: "Lea loves Calvin". It serves as an Easter Egg of sorts, as it points to Lea Thompson's 1955 character falling head-over-heels for 'Calvin Klein'. See more »


When Marty jumps into the Delorean to escape the Lybians if you look carefully you will see that the time circuits are all ready lit up. But then his arm hits the time circuit switch and the circuits light up from the off position. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Written by Curtis Williams (uncredited), Jesse Belvin, (uncredited) and Gaynel Hodge (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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Absolute Classic
21 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a child, I used to watch this movie religiously. I loved the chemistry between Doc Brown and Marty McFly, I loved the all too familiar soundtrack and the ridiculous way in which George McFly laughs. This movie has become such a nostalgic and feel-good film for me. I had the good fortunate to see all three 'Back to the Future' movies in cinema last year and it was such an experience to watch this timeless classic with people who enjoy this film as much as I do. Everyone has to see this film at least once in their life! Such an amazing, funny Sci-Fi from the 1980's. I just can't get enough of this movie - it will just never get old. Cannot recommend it enough!

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