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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 maverick scientist Doc Brown.

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Robert Zemeckis
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Cast

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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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 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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He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born. [UK] See more »


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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:

$11,332,134, 7 July 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$210,609,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,109,762
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Marty first arrives in the past, the song "Mr. Sandman" by The Four Aces plays. It is a remake of a song by the same name by The Chordettes. When the camera is showing the record store, a record of The Chordettes can be seen in the window. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, the 1985 Marty is in his house discussing the wrecked car with George and Biff. A glass candy jar is shown, filled to the top with candy. In the next scene, the candy jar is only half full. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The VHS release added a "To Be Continued..." title card at the end, to promote Back to the Future Part II. This was not in the original theatrical release, nor is it on the DVDs. See more »

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Soundtracks

THE WALLFLOWER (DANCE WITH ME HENRY)
(1955)
Written by Johnny Otis (uncredited), Hank Ballard (uncredited), and Etta James (uncredited)
Performed by Etta James
Produced by Maxwell Davis
Courtesy of Kent Records
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Best Part of a the Best Movie Ever
11 January 2007 | by DMP-2See all my reviews

When you talk about Back to the Future, you have to talk about the whole trilogy. Because Zemeckis and Gale didn't make sequels they extended the length of one film, which is very different than a sequel.

The ultimate film must allow the audience feel part of the film and relate to the characters. This film is the best because it takes a fantasy story and makes it adaptable to real-life. I don't know how soon anyone will be able to time-travel, but you can relate to Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox) reaction to the change. Even if you're not a teenager you can believe it in someway. Back to the Future is the perfect and its been extended into a masterpiece with 2 sequels or extensions as I see it. Definitely a must see, if your pathetic enough not to have seen in at least the last 8 years.

Amazing story by Gale and Zemeckis. Great acting especially by Michael J. Fox, but also great work by Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson. Such an exciting an involved story.


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