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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 thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

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Robert Zemeckis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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17 year old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early. See more »


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Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson have both related a story about how they found out Eric Stolz had been fired. Wilson received a call insisting that he meet with Zemeckis and Gale in person. Told that they had "bad news," Wilson immediately started crying, fearing he had been fired. Instead they told him "We've had to let Eric go." Wilson never knew him as Eric, as he had insisted on being addressed in character. Zemeckis then told him that, in order to stay on, they would have to extend his contract to re-shoot several of Stolz's scenes. They reassured him that he would still get paid and he quickly cheered up and agreed. Thompson was missing from the set at the time. She was not needed on Friday, and so figured that she could take a long weekend in Europe where her then-boyfriend Dennis Quaid was shooting another film. It took a series of frantic phone calls from the producers to her agent and finally to her to tell her they needed her back on set in order to break the news to her that she would also need to re-shoot scenes she had done with Stolz. See more »

Goofs

During the Twin Pines Mall scene, Doc has the remote control and does what is called 'power breaking' which allows a driver to maximize the torque in the torque convertor. The car does not move but the tires spin. This scene makes you think that the DeLorean is actually building up mph, but really the car is only building up torque (rpm), just like drag racers do. When Doc releases the 'power brake' the car, the display should read 0 mph not 64.8. See more »

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[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

For the video release, "To Be Continued" was added before the closing credits. This title has disappeared from the DVD release. See more »

Alternate Versions

The latest DVD edition released February 19, 2009 does not feature the "to be continued" image at the end of the movie, just like upon the movie's first theatric release. The reason is that at the time the makers did not intend to make a sequel. See more »


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EARTH ANGEL (WILL YOU BE MINE)
(1954)
Written by Curtis Williams (uncredited), Jesse Belvin, (uncredited) and Gaynel Hodge (uncredited)
Performed by Harry Waters Jr. (as Marvin Berry) and (Tommy Thomas, Granville 'Danny' Young,
David Harold Brown, and Lloyd L. Tolbert) (as The Starlighters)
Produced by Bones Howe
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Gets Better With Age
19 November 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young man (Michael J. Fox) is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

After almost thirty years (2014), this film loses none of its charm, and actually gains respect. The movie has had such a strong impression on everyone, whether they have seen it or not, as it completely permeated pop culture.

The script is genius, not only how it parallels 1955 and 1985 (some of the references are dynamite), but how it set the scene for the sequels (despite allegedly not intending to have any). This is just one clever gag after another, and may require repeated viewings to catch them all.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back to the Future See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,152,500, 7 July 1985

Gross USA:

$211,406,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,109,762
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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