Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

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Time Travel Method
Time Machine
Movie Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
back-to-the-future-1985_poster.jpgBack to the Future is a science fiction movie released on July 3rd, 1985. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The film stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teenager who lives in Hill Valley, CA, in the 1980s. While helping his friend, Dr. Emmett "Doc" Browm test his time machine, Marty is accidentally transported back to 1955 where he meets his parents. Working with the past version of his friend, Doc, Marty must repair history to save his own future and return to 1985.

The cast also includes Lea Thompson as Lorraine, Marty's mother; Crispin Glover as Marty's father, George; and Thomas. F. Wilson as Biff Tannen - the antagonist of the film.

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale penned the script after Bob wondered whether he would have been friends with his father if they'd gone to school together. Most film studios Zemeckis and Gale pitched the screenplay to rejected it, at least until the Zemeckis' success with Romancing the Stone in 1984. Robert Zemeckis approached Steven Spielberg, who produced the project at Amblin Entertainment, with Universal Pictures as the distributor.

Michael J. Fox was the original choice to play Marty, but a busy filming schedule made it impossible. Fox was working on the television series Family Ties at the time, and Eric Stoltz was cast for the role. Filmmakers later decided Stoltz was the wrong fit for the role and were able to strike a deal with Fox to work around his schedule.

Back to the Future earned over $381 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of 1985. It also won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Back to the Future also won five BAFTA nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and three Academy Award nominations. The Library of Congress selected it for conservation in the National Film Registry in 2007, and the American Film Institute named it one of the ten best science fiction films ever made in June 2008.
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Back to the Future is absolutely the best movie ever made. It's part of my childhood, it's about time travel, it's funny, it's a GREAT story, it's well acted and it hits all of the other happy buttons in my brain.

This movie made the DeLorean a cultural icon. It wasn't a very good car (as far as I'm aware), but 35+ years after the movie I think it has a good chance of being an entire generation's mid-life crisis purchase.

Christopher Lloyd is a gem. He was the perfect role for this movie and the way he played it was pitch perfect. Him and Michael J. Fox are wonderful together and have great screen chemistry.

Time travel movies are difficult for exposition... There's often a lot of information that needs to be brain dumped to the audience so they understand the mechanics or whatever else. The writing in this movie does that expertly. The conversation the McFly's have over dinner about how Lorraine and George met, for instance. It sets up the paradox Marty creates and the Enchantment Under the Sea story ties nicely into the finale.