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Back to the Future (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)

Gross:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)
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Trivia

Biff Tannen is named in homage to Ned Tanen, one-time head of Universal, who threw Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis's script for I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) on the floor in a heated meeting, accusing it of being anti-Semitic. Despite the fact that Bob Gale is Jewish. See more »

Goofs

When Marty is being chased by the Libyans the Trip Meter which is below the Odometer reads 88 miles traveled, then in the next shot the trip meter reads 86 miles traveled, then in the next shot as Marty slows down the trip meter reads 19 miles traveled, then in the next shot as Marty says "Let's see if you bastards can do 90" the trip meter reads 87 miles traveled. 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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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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The Lost Blockbuster
3 July 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Back to the Future is one of those rare, almost forgotten, pieces of pop culture that, surprisingly, draws little attention to itself. Unlike such notable gimmicks as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Independence Day, there aren't any low-budget leeches trying to imitate off this work and cash-in on its success. This is due to the near flawless script. Why it didn't win an Oscar, you're guess is as good as mine. Making a time-travel storyline as in this movie that doesn't fall into plot holes the size of Terminator's is exceptionally difficult. I'd know.

The film starts slow, and gradually accelerates as it progresses. You could almost call it a Jerry Bruckheimer movie for kids with Spielberg's trademark nostalgia. The characters themselves are typical stereotypes for a movie like this and none of them, not even Marty himself, gel with potential. In some ways it's as if MAD magazine made the film in an attempt to be serious.

With such an automotive obsession as this film has, one must wonder if George Lucas was involved.

Overall, I have to praise this movie for its inventiveness and originality, even if it created most of our time-travel cliches. 4 out of 5 stars. Well worth your time.


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