Back to the Future (1985)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi


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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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27 February 2003 | george.schmidt
Gotta get back in time! Get back Marty!
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) **** Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Marc McClure, Wendy Jo Sperber. This generation's "It's a Wonderful Life"? Think about it. Very popular and very entertaining sci-fi comedy that made Fox a movie star after success with tv's "Family Ties", casting him, after Eric Stoltz was dropped, as Marty McFly who winds up in a nuclear-powered DeLorean time-machine and is sent back in time to 1955 by his quintessentially eccentric friend Dr. Emmet Brown (Lloyd doing a fine Art Carney). There he meets up with his parents to be and realizes his chance encounters have changed his future and he must see history repeat itself or perish. High-concept hilarity and some truly ingenious schematics thanks to screenwriter Bob Gale and director Bob Zemeckis. Wondering what it would be like to never be born and/or what it would be like if things were different...see what I mean. Oscar-nominated song "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis (who has a fun cameo) fuels this dynamo gem of a film. Classic.

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Trivia

The first episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), "Where is Everybody?", opens with a young man wandering a town square in confusion, asking himself if he is having a bad dream. This sequence not only greatly resembles Marty's arrival in the Hill Valley of 1955 in this movie, but was shot on the same Courthouse Square backlot at Universal Studios.


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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...


Goofs

When Marty and Doc first go to the high school looking for Marty's parents, there are campaign banners up for someone running for senior class president. Class officers in American schools are elected in May for the upcoming school year, not in autumn after a quarter of the school year has elapsed.


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.


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.


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PLEDGING MY LOVE
(1954)
Written by
Fats Washington (uncredited) and Don D. Robey (uncredited)
Performed by Johnny Ace
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.

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Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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