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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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Meet Marty McFly. He's broken the time barrier. Busted his parents' first date. And, maybe, botched his chances of ever being born. 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.18 : 1
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C. Thomas Howell was considered to play the role of Marty McFly. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.: Bye Bly (1994) See more »


Music by George Bruns (uncredited)
Lyrics by Thomas W. Blackburn (uncredited)
Performed by Fess Parker
Courtesy of Disneyland-Vista Records
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Great movie
28 November 2004 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

One of the last movies I went with sister to see back in 86. The film blew my mind. My friends never wanted to see this one. I was happy I went. Many year's latter, I bought "Back to the Future" at Mc Donalds for $2.99 or for some other low price with a meal. The film ages well, and I love it just the same. The director and screen writer mixes science fiction, humor, and action perfectly. A big component of the script is time line theory which drives the story. Marty has many problems to fix, and finds out more than anyone wants to know about their parents. Michael J Fox and Christopher Loyd were excellently casted. Marty and Doc what a chemistry. With the film series one see the many dualities with time travel, that become a constant with the movie. The town clock, being awoke in a strange place, and letters. Keep this in mind when watching the 2 other sequels. The theory that time repeats itself is evident. What a time machine, the Delorian adds to this movie. Worth watch over again. 10 out of 10! Thank you TBS for showing all 3 films.

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