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Back to the Future (1985)

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


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Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)


£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.18 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Zemeckis dubbed the picture "the film that would not wrap". He recalled that because they shot night after night, he was always "half asleep" and the "fattest, most out-of-shape and sick I ever was". See more »


In the movie Doc says that the time machine is electrical, yet he uses a nuclear reaction to generate power. There is but one type of nuclear reaction that directly generates electrical energy called beta decay, and it is predominantly used for long-term low power output, unlike the high-yield output required by the time circuits. All other nuclear power sources generate heat that is only later transformed into electricity using heat engines and alternators. See more »


[first lines]
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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 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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Time Travel Movies Are Always Brilliant
4 June 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Time travel movies never disappoint-that is because the concept of time travel is a very interesting one which most people must have thought about at one time or another. What would happen if you went back in time and an innocuous act changed the course of history for better or worse? It's something to think about.

I won't reveal any plot details for this movie because it will spoil it for those who haven't seen it. Let's just say that Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly ends up back in 1955 where a sequence of events inadvertently orchestrated by Marty threaten his very existence. He is aided by Doc Brown played brilliantly by Christopher Lloyd who tries to get him back to 1985 without causing any damage to the fabric of time.

The movie is great-and I feel it can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their individual tastes in film genres. In fact, I find it hard to believe anyone could dislike a film like this. It has action, adventure, plenty of humour and some cool moments. All the actors involved in the movie play their parts great.

Anyone who watches this movie will love it.

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