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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 30 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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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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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)

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$210,609,762 (USA)
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Trivia

Before the final run-up to the clock tower lightning bolt, the speedometer shown as the Delorean sputters and dies is an original Delorean speedometer with a top speed of 80 MPH. Seconds later, when the Delorean is racing toward the clock tower, the speedometer shown is different and has a top speed of 95 MPH. This allows the movie Delorean to reach 88 MPH as judged by that speedometer, although that speedometer shown does not exist on a real Delorean. The original Delorean vehicle can reach 88 MPH, but the speedometer tops out at 80 MPH and the needle would be pegged at the limit of the speedometer giving no ability to judge the speed. This is because of a 1979 traffic safety law that insured all speedometers in cars released after September of that year to top out at 85 miles per hour in an effort to encourage drivers to travel at safer speeds. The law was overturned less than two years later, but by that time Delorean had gone out of business. See more »

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Marty tells the band at the dance that the song is in B, but when he plays, it's in B flat. See more »

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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 »

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HEAVEN IS ONE STEP AWAY
(1985)
Written by Eric Clapton (uncredited)
Performed by Eric Clapton
Produced by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Let your imagination fly
18 April 2000 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

A funny sci-fi? Unusual but here it not only works but does so spectacularly. A whimsical but very clever time travel story that bedazzles you leaving you wanting more.

The charasmatic Michael J Fox plays a wonderful bumbling high schooler searching for love, a guitar gig and his existence which he himself threatens to erase.

Clever and humourous references litter this fun flick; references which are further improved upon in the sequels. Views of the same scenes from different angles, different perspectives and different timelines abound.

Fun for the entire family.


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