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


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Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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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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1.18 : 1
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The backlot used as the town of Hill Valley is also seen in the first episode of The Twilight Zone (1959). See more »


Told that the President of the United States in 1985 is Ronald Reagan, 1955 Doc Brown sarcastically wonders if Jane Wyman is the First Lady. Reagan and Wyman were divorced in 1948, and Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952 (although it could easily be argued that Doc wasn't one for keeping up with the latest celebrity news). 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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For the video release, "To Be Continued" was added before the closing credits. This title has disappeared from the DVD release. See more »


Referenced in Drawn Together: A Tale of Two Cows (2006) See more »


Written by Johnny Otis (uncredited), Hank Ballard (uncredited), and Etta James (uncredited)
Performed by Etta James
Produced by Maxwell Davis
Courtesy of Kent Records
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Part 1-Goodness gracious! Great balls of fire!
1 December 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I just asked my friend that I'm speaking with through instant messenger if he had ever seen "Back to the Future" and he said "Yeah, who hasn't?", sadly, I never had the opportunity until tonite and he called me a failure as a movie buff, well, at least I've seen the movies now! Ha ha! I'm back on track! Well, obviously, this is my first review for the first Back to the Future and when I came her to IMDb, I knew this was a well loved movie, I was just amazed at it being on the top 250, but I can't give it a lower rating because Back to the Future was an excellent film that was ground breaking for it's time and still today.

Marty McFly and his good friend, The Doc, are two science nuts. Marty isn't really happy with his home life and the fact that he and his parents are very square and strict, The Doc calls Marty and shows him his latest invention, his De Lauren that he built into a time machine. When the government go after The Doc and Marty has to get away, he jumps in the car and goes back to the year of 1955, when his parents met. Instead of the way his mom and dad met happening to his dad, he ends up being in the position and mom ends up falling for her son, not even knowing! But he has to make sure his parents are together in time so he can get back without altering the future.

Back to the Future to this day is still a timeless treasure that I notice more and more is becoming part of a newer generation. Michael J. Fox should be proud, his work will be remembered for a long time. Back to the Future worked so well because of the great story and the humor was great, the whole cast worked together and made a terrific movie that will be looked back on thirty years from now and still be considered cool.


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