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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 #36 | 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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Marty McFly just broke the time barrier. He's only got one week to get it fixed. See more »


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Trivia

When Marty tells his future grandfather, Sam Baines, that Riverside Drive is actually John F. Kennedy Drive (in the future), Sam asks who John F. Kennedy is. In November 1955, John F. Kennedy was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, a position in which he served from January 1953 to December 1960, less than a month before he took office as the 35th president of the United States. In fact, the August after Marty's adventure, Kennedy will have given the nominating speech for Adlai Stevenson II at the 1956 Democratic National Convention, and Kennedy almost became Stevenson's running mate since Stevenson let the Democratic National Committee select the vice presidential nominee. See more »

Goofs

In 1955, when the DeLorean is approaching the wire to receive the 1.21 Gigawatts from the lightning bolt, the Flux Capacitor starts to work, spreading the tell-tale blue flashes of light around the vehicle, yet the Flux Capacitor has not received any electricity from the lightning yet. 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

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 very last scene was re-filmed for television, where Marty asks Doc, "What happens to us in the future? Do we turn into *jerks* or something?". In the more recent edited-for-television version, the word "jerks" is dubbed over Marty's original expletive, instead of using the alternate television version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flash: The Once and Future Flash (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

THE POWER OF LOVE
(1985)
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
Written by Huey Lewis and Chris Hayes
Published by Hulex Music, Administered by Red Admiral Music, Inc.
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Let your imagination fly
18 April 2000 | by ad-17See all my reviews

A funny sci-fi? Unusual but here it not only works but does so spectacularly. A whimsical but very clever time travel story that bedazzles you leaving you wanting more.

The charasmatic Michael J Fox plays a wonderful bumbling high schooler searching for love, a guitar gig and his existence which he himself threatens to erase.

Clever and humourous references litter this fun flick; references which are further improved upon in the sequels. Views of the same scenes from different angles, different perspectives and different timelines abound.

Fun for the entire family.


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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:

$388,776,253
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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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