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Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown

Thomas F. Wilson ... Biff Tannen
David de Vos ... Institute Scientist (uncredited)
Stephanie de Vos ... Audience scanning device (voice) (uncredited)
Freddie ... Einstein (uncredited)
William Guest ... Institute Scientist (uncredited)
Michael Klastorin ... Security guard (uncredited)

Douglas Trumbull ... IFT Scientist (uncredited)

Darlene Vogel ... Heather - IFT Spokesperson (uncredited)

Frank Welker ... Tyrannosaurus Rex (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Trumbull 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter N. Alexander 
Bob Gale  characters (uncredited)
John Groves 
Peyton Reed  uncredited
Robert Zemeckis  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Peter N. Alexander .... executive producer
Craig Barr .... producer
Phil Hettema .... producer
Whitmore B. Kelley .... executive producer
Terry Winnick .... producer
Sherry McKenna .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
David K. Stewart 
Film Editing by
Michael Backauskas 
Production Design by
Robert U. Taylor 
Art Direction by
Robert U. Taylor 
Makeup Department
Robert Gordon .... hair stylist
Robert Gordon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Russ T. Fisher .... unit manager
Tracy Mitchell .... production manager
Christopher Reyna .... post-production supervisor
Jay Stein .... production executive
Barry Upson .... production executive
William Guest .... ride system manager (uncredited)
Christian Kubsch .... production manager: Universal Studios (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Hurrie .... first assistant director (as Robert J. Hurrie)
David de Vos .... director: pre-show (uncredited)
Art Department
Morven Allen .... carpenter
John Arslam .... carpenter
Mallory Bagwell .... carpenter
James Brannigan .... inside prop
James Burkholder .... carpenter
Brys Cabiles .... carpenter
Kevin Carberry .... carpenter
Ernest Chase .... carpenter
William Childs .... lead carpenter
Carl Clark Jr. .... carpenter
Caroline Duff .... scenic artist
Jay Feldman .... carpenter
Adam Fennelly .... carpenter
Eugene Graf .... carpenter
Yasuo Uzuka Hansen .... graphics
Margaret Heath .... art department assistant
Arthur Jackson .... lead carpenter
John Jansen .... carpenter
Kirk Jones .... carpenter
Brian Kelly .... carpenter
Deborah Levine .... graphics
Alexander Lord .... carpenter
Ralph McQuarrie .... conceptual designer
Roman Montano .... carpenter
Mark Morgenstein .... draftsman
Terry Mullen .... carpenter
Tim Murdock .... carpenter
Robert Olinski .... carpenter
Mark Peritz .... scenic artist
David Ricci .... carpenter
Dion Robbins-Zust .... carpenter
Michael Samborski .... carpenter
Stephen Shapiro .... set builder
Carl Sprague .... associate art director
Bruce Vincent .... carpenter
William Weeden .... carpenter
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... sound editor
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Sandy Berman .... sound supervisor
Kate Crossley .... sound assistant
John P. Fasal .... foley artist (as Jonathan Fasal)
Meredith Gold .... first assistant sound editor
Ron Meredith .... second assistant sound editor (as Ronald Meredith)
Miguel Rivera .... additional sound designer
Joseph Ryan .... sound recordist
Michael Stearns .... soundtrack mixer and audio architect
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hirotsugu Aoki .... special effects supervisor
Daijiro Ban .... sculpture/design: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Gabriel Bartalos .... skin: tyrannosaurus rex crew
George Bernota .... machinist: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Wilfred Caban .... water special effects
Alfredo Cardenas .... skin: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Melissa Chang .... assistant: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Paul Clemente .... rigger: mechanical effects crew
Ron Cole .... skin: tyrannosaurus rex crew (as Ronald Cole)
Tom Culnan .... supervisor: tyrannosaurus rex crew (as Thomas Culnan)
Lewis Gluck .... lead mechanical rigger: mechanical effects crew
Christopher Graham .... rigging assistant: mechanical effects crew
Ed Hansen .... lead mechanical rigger: mechanical effects crew (as Edward Hansen)
Peter Hansen .... skin: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi .... lead machinist: mechanical effects crew (as Hiroshi Ikeuchi)
Michael Kellough .... rigger: mechanical effects crew
Robert Kohut .... lead machinist: mechanical effects crew (as R.J. Kohut)
Patrick McCarthy .... atmosphere technician: mechanical effects crew
Keiji 'Jinn' Nishimura .... assistant atmosphere technician: mechanical effects crew
Michael O'Brien .... skin: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Scott Patterson .... effects assistant
Darrell Pomeroy .... effects assistant
Thomas Quinn .... rigger: mechanical effects crew (as Tom Quinn)
Thomas L. Rindge .... assistant to effects supervisor: mechanical effects crew
Patrick Shearn .... co-supervisor: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Hisao Taya .... rigger: mechanical effects crew
Paul Vigil .... rigger: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Ken Walker .... mechanical supervisor: tyrannosaurus rex crew (as Kenneth Walker)
Todd Wolfeil .... first effects assistant
Denis Zack .... water special effects (as Dennis Zack)
Visual Effects by
Isaac Abrams .... model maker
Harry J. Alpert .... camera operator (as Harry Alpert)
Percy Angress .... effects production consultant
David Baskin .... model maker
Ansell Bray .... lead model maker
Peter Catanzaro .... model maker
Richard Coppola .... programmer: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Nell Corkin .... lead model maker
John Dods .... lead model maker
Christine Ellrodt .... lead model maker
Taff Fitterer .... model maker
Marilyn Fox .... model maker
John Gaeta .... camera department assistant
Paula Garvey .... model maker
Janet Grazul .... model maker
David R. Hardberger .... camera operator (as David Hardberger)
Joseph Haroutunian .... model maker
Mitsuaki Hashimoto .... animation artist: Imagica Corporation
Judith Hugentobler .... model maker
Elizabeth Hunt .... model maker
Koji Ichihashi .... executive in charge: Imagica Corporation
Shoji Kaneko .... technical director: Imagica Corporation
Laura Kelly .... set assistant: camera crew
Steven Kosakura .... electronics
Alida Krumin .... model maker
Keiko Kubota-Miura .... model maker
Erling Larson .... model maker
Ian Lelen .... model maker
Peter Lindstrom .... electronic assistant
Laine Liska .... animator: tyrannosaurus rex crew
Bradley Lowry .... electronic assistant
Pasquale Matera .... model maker
Hajime Matsumoto .... animation effects coordinator: Imagica Corporation
Dennis McHugh .... gaffer
David V. Mei .... model maker (as David Mei)
John Meighen .... lead model maker
Paul Mejias .... model maker
Bill Messina .... model maker (as Billy Messina)
Donald Mitchell .... model maker
Paul Molinelli .... model maker
Tom Molinelli .... lead model maker (as Thomas Molinelli)
Eric Moore .... model maker
Makoto Nakamura .... supervisor: Imagica Corporation
Seth Nathanson .... electronics
Yasuo Nishi .... producer: Imagica Corporation
Christine Novak .... model maker
Max Oden .... model maker
Abby Okin .... additional models
Clarke Olsen .... model maker
Kazuma Oshita .... model maker
Carrie Owens .... first assistant camera
Celia Owens .... model maker
Penelope Padmore .... model maker
Lora Pennington .... model maker
Paul Reilly .... model maker
Susan Schmidt .... model maker
Masao Shibata .... optical printer operator: Imagica Corporation
Susan Singer .... lead model maker
Susan Sitnek .... photographic effects supervisor (as Susan J. Sitnek)
Barbara Smith .... model shop assistant
Barbara B. Smith .... model supervisor
Douglas Smith .... special effects consultant (as Doug Smith)
Lindy Smith .... model maker
Mark Stein .... lead model maker
David Stump .... motion control consultant
Mark Swierat .... model maker
Michael Tabacco .... model maker
Stephen Thurn .... model maker
Teruo Tsuda .... animation camera operator: Imagica Corporation
Tim Viereck .... model maker
Jonathan Weiss .... model maker
Brian Wenger .... model maker
John Whalan .... model maker
William R. Wright .... model maker (as William Wright)
Shigeto Yamaguchi .... optical printer operator: Imagica Corporation
Mizuho Yoshida .... animation camera operator: Imagica Corporation
Yuji Yoshimoto .... lead model maker
James Youngerman .... model maker
Drew Zelman .... model maker
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital artist: Sassoon Film Design (2000 clean-up) (uncredited)
Mike Chambers .... visual effects production manager: Apogee (uncredited)
Bob Hurrie .... visual effects production supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Martinek .... model maker: Apogee (uncredited)
Mike Sorensen .... boom supervisor: Apogee (uncredited)
Jun Watanabe .... digital artist: Imagica USA (uncredited)
Dan Dods .... stunts
Paul Ferrantino .... stunts
Jim Lovelett .... stunt supervisor
Jim Lovelett .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (as Richard Piemonte)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... key grip
Jack Barrett .... generator operator
Elliot Berlovitz .... grip
Greg Booth .... first assistant camera
Mark Cato .... grip
Edward Cohen .... electrician
Elliot Deal .... grip assistant
Elizabeth DeLuna .... electrician
Jonathan Edelman .... electrician
Arthur Gerstein .... still photographer
Steve Jezewski .... grip
Scott Kincaid .... electrician
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
William Laidlaw .... electrical assistant
David Landau .... electrician
Craig Ligget .... best boy grip
Dan Mahoney .... electrical assistant
Dwayne McClintock .... IMAX technician
Kevin McGlinchey .... grip
Derek McKane .... electrician
Sean McLaughlin .... electrical assistant
William Moore .... electrician
Steven Nardin .... grip assistant
Rex Nicholson .... first assistant camera
Mark Pancza .... electrician
Ralph Perri .... grip
Michael C. Perry .... electrician (as Michael Perry)
Jack W. Poore .... electrical assistant (as Jack Poore)
Thea Robbins-Zust .... electrician
Amy Rose .... electrical assistant
Chris Rosen .... electrician
Douglas W. Shannon .... electrician (as Doug Shannon)
Steve Silverman .... lighting designer (as Steven Silverman)
Josh Steinberg .... grip (as Joshua Steinberg)
Allen Stillman .... best boy electric
Paul Van Haute .... grip
Mark Wyler .... crane operator
C.W. Fallin .... cinematographer: special unit (uncredited)
Lee Hoffman .... on-set video assist (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daphne Stark .... stylist
Editorial Department
Kate Crossley .... editing assistant
Devorah Hardberger .... lab consultant
Josh Margolies .... assistant editor (as Joshua Margolies)
Marco Markovich .... lab technician
Masayuki Mitsuhashi .... color timer: Imagica Corporation
Elaine Withrow .... post-production coordinator (as Elaine M. Withrow)
Peyton Reed .... editor: preshow (uncredited)
Music Department
David Bifano .... music programmer
James B. Campbell .... orchestrator (as Jim Campbell)
Richard Grant .... music programmer
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Larry Marks .... music manager
Dennis S. Sands .... music engineer (as Dennis Sands)
Transportation Department
Howard Garbarsky .... driver
Prasad Gerard .... driver
Matthew Heyer .... driver
Jai Kybler .... driver
John Snyder .... driver
Other crew
Michael Arias .... computer programmer: simulator
Glenn Arnold .... assistant studio manager
Kit Baker .... production office assistant
Michelle Baker .... production office assistant
Tamara Bally .... post-production accountant
Arnold Brandyberry .... chief financial officer: Berkshire Ridefilm
Ann Braun .... studio assistant
Jason Brown .... studio assistant
Heidi Bush .... production office assistant
Wilford Catlin .... production office assistant
Faye Cogen .... second assistant production office coordinator
Venanzio L. Cortese .... studio manager
Robin Cousart .... post-production accountant
Dennis Curtin .... studio assistant
Ben Donovan .... studio assistant
Dorothy Dudek .... receptionist
Jay Frasco .... production office assistant (as Gerald Frasco)
Arish Fyzee .... project manager
Tamarack Garlow .... key studio assistant
Judith Gibbons .... production office assistant
Lisa Goldberg .... craft service
David Greenberg .... purchasing agent
Erich Greenebaum .... computer programmer: simulator
Michael 'Rufus' Hale Jr. .... studio assistant
Joan Haley .... production accountant
Barnaby Jackson .... production consultant
Annie Laidlaw-Selke .... assistant office coordinator
Nicholas Macioge .... studio assistant
Michael Malloy .... security
Andrew McQueen .... studio assistant
Margaret Miller .... assistant to project manager
Maura Modlish .... special assistant: business affairs
Wade Morse .... studio assistant
Kurt Parker .... studio assistant
Victoria Parker .... accounting assistant
Cheryl Picard .... assistant accountant
Janet Pocorobba .... production office assistant
Gareth Price .... studio assistant
Michelle Quigley .... production office assistant
Gregory Raisis .... post-production assistant to project manager
Kimberly Rawson .... first assistant production office coordinator
Christopher Reyna .... technical director
Jane Ryan .... director of planning and development: Berkshire Ridefilm
Thomas Sanford .... studio purchasing/receiving
Matthias Schwabe III .... studio assistant
Al Schwartz .... 35mm screening facilities
Eugeanie Sills .... director of administration: Berkshire Ridefilm
Steven Spielberg .... creative consultant
James Squires .... studio assistant
Thomas Tait .... projection technician
Vivian Tierney .... advisory accountant
Catharyn Tivy .... presentation graphics
Polly van den Honert .... production office coordinator
Elaine Withrow .... post-production accountant (as Elaine M. Withrow)
David C. Cobb .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Les Mayfield .... pre-show director (uncredited)
Kenji Sawaki .... thanks: Berkshire Tokyo, Japan

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USA:4 min
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The DeLorean uses the "Gale-Zemeckis Coordinates," a reference ot the writer of Back to the Future (1985)Bob Gale, and the film's director Robert Zemeckis.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the preflight video, on wide screen televisions the boom mic is visible toward the top left of the screen, next to Doc Brown.See more »
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Help Save the Back to the Future Ride from extinction, 26 July 2006
Author: filmkr27 from United States

from Saturday, July 22, 2006

Universal Orlando permanently closing gullwing doors on 'Back to the Future...The Ride' in September

Orlando — The rumors are seemingly true: Universal Orlando will apparently close Back to the Future™...The Ride permanently in September 2006 after 15+ years of continuous service successfully taking time travel volunteers across the space-time continuum.

Back to the Future™...The Ride has been a staple at Universal Studios Florida since it first opened to the public on May 2, 1991. Following on the heels of two extremely popular sequels in 1989 and 1990 respectively, the attraction finally gave fans a physical location where they could literally ride the movie and visit Doc Brown's lab anytime they wanted.

On a reported budget of $40 million, the state-of-the-art simulator ride was light-years ahead of its time — blowing away Disney's Star Tours & Body Wars attractions and paving the way for other popular simulator attractions to land in Orlando such as Islands of Adventure's highly popular Spiderman ride. It spawned two sequels of sorts of its own, with the same attraction popping up in similar layouts at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California (1993) and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (2001).

Back to the Future™...The Ride was one of the very first attractions to successfully bridge the gap between films & theme park attractions by employing many of the cast & crew who worked on the highly successful trilogy. BTTF veteran actors Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson returned to their famous roles as 'Doc Brown' and 'Biff Tannen' respectively, and BTTF composer Alan Silvestri composed the ride's score. Appearing in smaller roles, Darlene Vogel who appeared as one of Griff's gang members 'Spike' in Back to the Future™ Part II appeared as 'Heather', the spokesperson at the Institute of Future Technology, and BTTF Unit Publicist Michael Klastorin appeared as one of the security checkpoint guards Biff ultimately foils to gain access to Doc Brown's office during the attraction's highly entertaining pre-show.

For years though, rumors have circulated the internet that Universal would soon close the attraction and replace it with something else. UO President & CEO Bob Gault told the Orlando Sentinel on more than one occasion that he'd like to replace BTTF with another story & vehicles which guests could, in his words, "relate to better." As far back as 2002, Universal's semi-popular The Fast & The Furious film series has topped those rumors as the choice to replace the attraction, but now various unconfirmed online sources point to a non-Universal property set to take its place — The Simpsons.

When reports of a closure once again surfaced this week, my knee-jerk reaction was to quickly write them off as rumors as usual. Even after emailing a few contacts inside the park for verification, everything seemed safe at least for a little while longer. However, by the end of the week, my sources one by one began to do a 180° on me — stating that apparently it was true after all. Based upon what I've been told from a top management source inside Universal's lot, they are indeed going to phase out the attraction beginning next month — one theater at a time. One of the two theaters will be taken down in August, and then the other one will close in September.

Writer/Producer Bob Gale tells that while he has no current knowledge of Universal's plans for the attraction, he wasn't too surprised to learn that it may be closing after knowing "what awful shape the DeLorean they'd had on display at the tour out here was in before they refurbished it for the premiere of the DVDs." While there has been no formal announcement made by Universal, fans may not wish to sit back and allow the decision to be made quietly. "If the fans want to complain, I suggest they address their complaints not only to the tour but to Steven Spielberg" states Gale, reminding me that Spielberg remains a paid Creative Consultant to the park and specifically on Back to the Future™...The Ride since it is an Amblin property. "If he wanted to save it and improve it, I believe he could have a lot of influence."

So, just how do you do that? Here's where you can send your letters to Save Back to the Future...The Ride!!!:

"Save Back to the Future...The Ride!!!"

Attention: Bob Gault, President & CEO

Universal Studios Florida

1000 Universal City Plaza

Orlando, FL 32819

"Save Back to the Future...The Ride!!!"

Attention: Steven Spielberg

Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

100 Universal City Plaza, Building 477

Universal City, CA 91608

A nice touch may be to send copies of photographs from your family trips to Universal showing you and your family outside the Institute of Future Technology, shopping in the BTTF Gift Shop, or chatting it up with 'Doc Brown'. Let them know that Future fans won't just sit back quietly and let our attraction go the same way as Ghostbusters and Kongfrontation! As Doc Brown would say, "the future hasn't been written yet."

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