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Back to the Future -- Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.
Back to the Future -- Teaser trailer
Back to the Future -- Bonus Clip: Universal Characters
Back to the Future -- In 1985, Doc Brown invented time travel, in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevented his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.
Back to the Future -- Bonus Clip: Do It In Style


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Release Date:
3 July 1985 (USA) See more »
He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born. [UK] See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael J. Fox ... Marty McFly

Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown

Lea Thompson ... Lorraine Baines

Crispin Glover ... George McFly

Thomas F. Wilson ... Biff Tannen

Claudia Wells ... Jennifer Parker

Marc McClure ... Dave McFly

Wendie Jo Sperber ... Linda McFly

George DiCenzo ... Sam Baines

Frances Lee McCain ... Stella Baines

James Tolkan ... Mr. Strickland

J.J. Cohen ... Skinhead (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)

Casey Siemaszko ... 3-D

Billy Zane ... Match
Harry Waters Jr. ... Marvin Berry
Donald Fullilove ... Goldie Wilson

Lisa Freeman ... Babs
Cristen Kauffman ... Betty
Elsa Raven ... Clocktower Lady
Will Hare ... Pa Peabody
Ivy Bethune ... Ma Peabody
Jason Marin ... Sherman Peabody
Katherine Britton ... Daughter Peabody

Jason Hervey ... Milton Baines

Maia Brewton ... Sally Baines

Courtney Gains ... Dixon
Richard L. Duran ... Terrorist
Jeff O'Haco ... Terrorist Van Driver
Johnny Green ... Scooter Kid #1
Jamie Abbott ... Scooter Kid #2

Norman Alden ... Lou
Read Morgan ... Cop

Sachi Parker ... Bystander #1
Robert Krantz ... Bystander #2

Gary Riley ... Guy #1
Karen Petrasek ... Girl #1

George 'Buck' Flower ... Red the Bum (as Buck Flower)
Tommy Thomas ... Starlighter
Granville 'Danny' Young ... Starlighter
David Harold Brown ... Starlighter
Lloyd L. Tolbert ... Starlighter
Paul Hanson ... Pinhead
Lee Brownfield ... Pinhead
Robert DeLapp ... Pinhead
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles L. Campbell ... 1955 Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Deborah Harmon ... TV Newscaster (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Student (uncredited)

Huey Lewis ... High School Band Audition Judge (uncredited)

Tom Tangen ... Student (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Wilbur (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Pedestrian in town square (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Zemeckis 
Writing credits
Robert Zemeckis (written by) &
Bob Gale (written by)

Produced by
Neil Canton .... producer
Bob Gale .... producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... executive producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas (edited by)
Arthur Schmidt (edited by)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Art Direction by
Todd Hallowell 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah L. Scott)
Makeup Department
Dorothy Byrne .... hair stylist
Ken Chase .... makeup creator
Elizabeth Rabe .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Barry Rosenberg .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Grossberg .... unit production manager
Dennis E. Jones .... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola .... post-production supervisor (as Arthur Repola)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Bock .... first assistant director: second unit
Pamela M. Eilerson .... second assistant director (as Pamela Eilerson)
Frank Marshall .... second unit director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Concetta Rinaldo-Williams .... dga trainee (as Concetta Rinaldo)
Art Department
Cameron Birnie .... set designer
Ernest Depew .... construction coordinator (as Ernie Depew)
Al Gaynor .... graphic artist
Al Gaynor .... scenic artist
Kirk D. Hansen .... paint foreman
Joseph E. Hubbard .... set designer
Dick Lasley .... production illustrator
Margie Stone McShirley .... set designer (as Marjorie Stone McShirley)
James Passanante .... standby painter (as Jim Passanante)
Joe Pfaltzgraf .... assistant property master
Andrew Probert .... production illustrator
Michael Scheffe .... construction coordinator: DeLorean
Arthur Smedley .... lead person (as Art Smedley)
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master
John Zemansky .... property master
Mario D'Alfonso .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Tim Stadler .... painter (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Sam Crutcher)
Larry Fallick .... assistant sound editor
Janice Hampton .... sound editor
Craig Harris .... processed sound effects
Scott Hecker .... sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... production sound mixer
John A. Larsen .... sound editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... re-recording mixer (as Dan Leahy)
Harry B. Miller III .... sound editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... assistant adr editor
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Tak Ogawa .... sound designer
Sonny Pettijohn .... apprentice sound editor
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Rutledge)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator (as Earl F. Sampson)
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... re-recording mixer (as Tenny Sebastian II)
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Robert Thirlwell .... re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... re-recording mixer
Darcy Vebber .... utility sound
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (uncredited)
David Kelson .... utility sound (uncredited)
Robb Navrides .... supervising sound editor: restoration (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sam Adams .... special effects
Richard Chronister .... special effects
William A. Klinger .... special effects (as William Klinger)
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor
Kimberley Pike .... special effects
Neil Smith .... special effects foreman
Steve Suits .... special effects
David Wischnack .... special effects foreman
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects buyer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Albrecht .... ink & paint: ILM (uncredited)
Donna K. Baker .... rotoscope artist: ILM (uncredited)
Barbara Brennan .... animator: ILM (uncredited)
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Mike Cochrane .... modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Jeff Doran .... optical technician: ILM (uncredited)
John Ellis .... optical supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
Scott Farrar .... camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Ellen Ferguson .... ink & paint: ILM (uncredited)
Robert Finley Jr. .... stage technician: ILM (uncredited)
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM (uncredited)
Michael Fulmer .... modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Steve Gawley .... supervising modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Tim Geideman .... optical technician: ILM (uncredited)
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up: ILM (uncredited)
Ned Gorman .... production buyer: ILM (uncredited)
Joanne Hafner .... ink & paint: ILM (uncredited)
James Hagedorn .... optical camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Robert Hill .... assistant camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Robert Hill .... camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Sandy Houston .... rotoscope artist: ILM (uncredited)
Peg Hunter .... optical line-up: ILM (uncredited)
Ed Jones .... optical line-up: ILM (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Ira Keeler .... modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Bill Kimberlin .... effects editor: ILM (uncredited)
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... rotoscope supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
James Lim .... optical camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Pamela Marcotte .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kim Marks .... camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Ted Moehnke .... pyrotechnician: ILM (uncredited)
Jack Mongovan .... animator: ILM (uncredited)
Michael Moore .... assistant editor: ILM (uncredited)
Charlie Mullen .... animation supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
Phillip Norwood .... visual effects art director: ILM (uncredited)
Terrence Peck .... assistant editor: ILM (uncredited)
Ken Ralston .... supervisor of visual effects: ILM (uncredited)
Peggy Regan .... animator: ILM (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... animation camera: ILM (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... animator: ILM (uncredited)
Louis Rivera .... optical technician: ILM (uncredited)
Martin Rosenberg .... assistant camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM (uncredited)
Wesley Seeds .... modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith .... optical camera operator: ILM (uncredited)
Anthony Stacchi .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Howard Stein .... supervising visual effects editor: ILM (uncredited)
Peter Stolz .... pyrotechnician: ILM (uncredited)
Wes Takahashi .... animator: ILM (uncredited)
Laurie Vermont .... production coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Robert Schmelzer .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Per Welinder .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunt double: Michael J. Fox (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eric Stoltz .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dic Alexander .... grip
Richard Babin .... dolly grip (as Dick Babin)
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
Dan Cooper .... best boy grip
George La Fountaine Jr. .... electrical lighting technician (as George LaFountaine)
'Wild' Will MacLean .... dolly grip
Thomas Marshall .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Thom Marshall)
Steve Mathis .... electrical lighting technician (as Steven R. Mathis)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Michael Orefice .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Michael Paul Orefice)
Michael Salts .... grip
Charles J. Schray .... grip (as Chuck Schray)
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Raymond Stella .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Tate .... second assistant camera (as Stephen Tate)
Mark Walthour .... chief lighting technician (as Mark D. Walthour)
Anthony Wong .... electrical lighting technician
Ronald Woodward .... key grip (as Ronald T. Woodward)
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Callahan .... costume supervisor: men
Julie Starr Dresner .... key costumer
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Robert Iannaccone .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
Barbara Palmer Dixon .... assistant film editor (as Barbara Dixon)
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Roger Jaep .... apprentice film editor
Peter Lonsdale .... assistant film editor (as Peter N. Lonsdale)
Charles Simmons .... apprentice film editor
David Handman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ron S. Herbes .... trailer editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music software
James B. Campbell .... orchestrator (as James Campbell)
Deborah Cichocki .... assistant music editor (as Deborah Zimmerman)
Bones Howe .... music supervisor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Chuck Domanico .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Paul Hanson .... guitar coach for Michael J. Fox (uncredited)
Paul Hanson .... musican: guitar (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Huey Lewis & The News .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dave Busick .... set mechanic
Bob Cornell .... transportation captain (as Bob R. Cornell)
John Feinblatt .... transportation coordinator
Tom Garris .... transportation captain: picture cars
Eugene Schwartz .... transportation manager (as Gene Schwartz)
Jack Carpenter .... driver: insert car (uncredited)
Gregory Dultz .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kate Barker .... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Richard L. Calkins .... animal handler (as Richard Caulkins)
Jeffrey R. Coates .... production associate
Ron Cobb .... consultant: DeLorean time travel
Robert R. Draney .... assistant accountant
Lynn D. Ezelle .... assistant accountant
Ann Furia .... assistant accountant
Anthony Gibson .... production associate
Babette T. Gorman .... assistant: Mr. Canton
Nancy Hansen .... script continuity (as Nancy B. Hansen)
Diana L. Hayes .... production associate
Brad Jeffries .... choreographer
Leanne Moore .... production accountant
Julie Moskowitz .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Gail Oliver .... assistant: Mr. Zemeckis
Eileen Omaye .... assistant: Mr. Gale
Maureen Osborne-Beall .... production coordinator
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service (as Ramon B. Pahoyo)
Paul Pav .... location manager
Bonne Radford .... production controller
Mary T. Radford .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Steven Spielberg .... presenter
Rob Stevens .... assistant production coordinator
Steven Talmy .... production associate
Judy Thomason .... assistant: Mr. Repola
Robert Weatherwax .... animal handler
Alexander Xavier Ponce-Bonano .... scientific consultant (uncredited)
Mark Campbell .... special thanks
Ron Hitchcock .... special thanks
Gregg Landaker .... special thanks
Steve Maslow .... special thanks
Tim May .... special thanks
Stephen Semel .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.18 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)

Did You Know?

The DeLorean used in the trilogy was a 1981 DMC-12 model, with a 6-cylinder PRV (Peugeot/Renault/Volvo) engine. The base for the nuclear-reactor was made from the hubcap from a Dodge Polaris. In the 2002 Special-Edition DVD of the BTTF Trilogy, it is incorrectly stated that the DeLorean had a standard 4-cylinder engine.See more »
Factual errors: An episode of "The Honeymooners" did actually air on November 5, 1955. However it was the episode titled "The Sleepwalker" not "The Man From Space". As was mentioned in the "Anachorism" section of this page, "The Man From Space" aired on New Year's Eve of 1955.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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By the end of BTTF1, shouldn't two Martys exist in 1955? Twin Pines Marty and Lone Pine Marty?
If Einstein is sent to 1:21 while Doc and Marty are at 1:20, wouldn't Einstein, in theory, live out that minute as Doc and Marty are living out that minute so that when Marty and Doc naturally arrive at 1:21, the Einstein that is sent a minute into the future would be at 1:22?
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148 out of 214 people found the following review useful.
The Lost Blockbuster, 3 July 2003
Author: Angry_Arguer from Shermer, Illinois

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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