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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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Top Rated Movies #35 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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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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17 year old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early. See more »


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Trivia

Several Pepsi references are visible through time in the movie: During the opening sequence, when all clocks ring at 8:00 a.m. (twenty-five minutes slow) there's a Pepsi board visible in the upper right corner of the frame. 1985: A Pepsi Cola can is visible when Marty's band is playing in front of the jury at Hill Valley High School. 1985: Diet Pepsi can when Marty and his father are talking about the wrecked car. 1985: Diet Pepsi can next to Marty when he sleeps, before Doc calls. Clock shows 12:28 a.m. 1955: When Marty enters Lou's Cafe, Pepsi thermometer on the upper right of the wall. 1955: When George meets Marty at the Texaco gas station, a Pepsi machine is visible. Marty takes a can out and drinks it. 1955: When Marvin Berry & The Starlighters are playing at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, a Pepsi-Cola suitcase is standing under the amp. 1955: Pepsi bottle in Marvin Berry & The Starlighters' car, when the brats put Marty in the trunk. See more »

Goofs

In the chase seen after Marty returns from the past and he is watching himself run from the Libyan's, after he turns around the right side of the lot and accelerates he is barely going 35 miles per hour when he transports to the future, having had only six seconds to build up speed; yet in the previous shot, before Marty went back in time, the sequence took much longer. See more »

Quotes

[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

In the Brazilian dubbed version, the names of the two soft drinks that Marty asks for in the diner, are changed from "TaB" and "Pepsi Free" to "Coca-Cola" and "Pepsi", since both TaB and Pepsi Free weren't available in Brazil. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

JOHNNY B. GOODE
(1955)
Written by Chuck Berry (uncredited)
Performed by Mark Campbell (as Marty McFly) with (Tommy Thomas,
Granville 'Danny' Young, David Harold Brown, and Lloyd L. Tolbert) (as The Starlighters)
Produced by Bones Howe
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Great movie
28 November 2004 | by mm-39See all my reviews

One of the last movies I went with sister to see back in 86. The film blew my mind. My friends never wanted to see this one. I was happy I went. Many year's latter, I bought "Back to the Future" at Mc Donalds for $2.99 or for some other low price with a meal. The film ages well, and I love it just the same. The director and screen writer mixes science fiction, humor, and action perfectly. A big component of the script is time line theory which drives the story. Marty has many problems to fix, and finds out more than anyone wants to know about their parents. Michael J Fox and Christopher Loyd were excellently casted. Marty and Doc what a chemistry. With the film series one see the many dualities with time travel, that become a constant with the movie. The town clock, being awoke in a strange place, and letters. Keep this in mind when watching the 2 other sequels. The theory that time repeats itself is evident. What a time machine, the Delorian adds to this movie. Worth watch over again. 10 out of 10! Thank you TBS for showing all 3 films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$388,776,253
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Technical Specs

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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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