Back to the Future
Back to the Future
From the Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future - the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever! When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future - and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Michael J. Fox; Christopher Lloyd; Lea Thompson; Thomas F. Wilson; Crispin Glover; Claudia Wells; Billy Zane; Casey Siemaszko

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Year: 1985
Running Time: 116 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: PG

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Back to the Future is a 1985 science fiction adventure/comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg.

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The original scripts for Back to the Future were rejected over 40 times. (Source: Bob Gale during a screenwriting forum)

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Michael J. Fox's third feature film.

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Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin

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Deborah Harmon was also in Robert Zemeckis' and Bob Gale's movie Used Cars (1980)

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Kal Kan is now known as "Whiskas" (the company changed it's name in the late 1980's to promote it's cat food.)

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Marty's guitar is a Erlewine Chiquita travel guitar by Erlewine Guitars.

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Marty walked in at 7:53 (according to the clocks as the scene opens). The time is now 8:00 - 7 minutes difference, however less than 5 minutes have elapsed since the first time we see a clock.

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Filming location: Burger King, 545 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA

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Burger King

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Hill Valley, CA is actually Universal Studios backlot.

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Mountain Dew

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Filming location: Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601-3933

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Claudia Wells first movie. Playing "Jennifer Parker".

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Huey Lewis' first movie role - playing a band audition judge.

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"We're The Pinheads"

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Paul Hanson (on the left) was also Michael J. Fox's guitar coach for the movie.

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Zales is a jewelry store that started in 1924, so it would be around for years past, and likely in the future...

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Toyota 85 x-cab SR5

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Gas prices in 1985 were apparently $1.09/gallon!

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Here in 1985, the inscription on the Courthouse clock tower reads "DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES". In 1955, there is no inscription.

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The candy jar is full here, but in one of the next shots, it's almost empty (00:13:20).

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Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they attended school together.

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Filming location: Puente Hills Mall, Puente Hills, CA doubling as "Twin Pines / Lone Pine Mall".

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Approximately 9,170 Delorean Motor Cars were built between 1981 and 1983.

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"Uh Doc... is that a Devo suit?" - Devo

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JC Penny

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BTTF won an Academy Award for Sound Effects Editing (1986).

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Eric Stoltz was the original "Marty McFly". Many scenes were filmed before he was replaced by Michael J. Fox. Here you can see stills of Eric and Michael doing the same scene.

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Doc's DeLorean is a highly modified DeLorean DMC-12. Several DeLoreans were used for filming, including cars for interior details, exterior detail, partial bodies for easier access during filming, "drivable" cars (not all the vehicles were road-worthy).

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Received the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film in 1985.

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"DISCONNECT CAPACITOR DRIVE BEFORE OPENING" - "SHIELD EYES FROM LIGHT"

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"Safe now. Everything's led-lined." -Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd)

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In June 2008, the American Film Institute's special AFI's 10 Top 10 acknowledged Back to the Future as the 10th best film in the science fiction genre.

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BTTF was nominated for an Academy Award in Music (Original Song) (1986) for "The Power of Love". Music by Chris Hayes and Johnny Colla; Lyric by Huey Lewis.

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BTTF was filmed in 100 days and completed shooting on April 20, 1985.

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The home in this "Lyon Estates" billboard is the same model as the McFly house.

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Miller High Life - "The Champagne of Beers"

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Cattle Queen of Montana

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Production photo of reverse shot of Michael J. Fox.

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Here in 1955, there is no inscription on the clock tower. In 1985, it reads "DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES".

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Billy Zane , white shirt and brown jacket, on is first appearance on the big screen

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By 1985, "Lou's Cafe" had become "Lou's Aerobic Fitness Center". (10:31)

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TaB cola was introduced by Coca-Cola in 1963, but was replaced in popularity when they released Diet Coke in 1982. Pepsi Free was a caffeine-free soda from the 1980's. DIET Pepsi Free was the sugar-free version.

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Michael J. Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Comedy for Back to the Future.

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Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis were nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of 'Best Motion Picture Screenplay' for writing Back to the Future.

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Jason Hervey (as Milton Baines) is probably best known as Wayne Arnold on "The Wonder Years"

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There was also a cartoon version of BTTF called "Back to the Future: The Animated Series". It lasted two seasons, each featuring 13 episodes, and ran on CBS from September 7, 1991 to November 28, 1992. It was in re-runs until August 14, 1993, then repeated on ABC from September 1993 to January 1995 and later on FOX from March to September 2003.

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Filming location: The Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Pl., Pasadena, CA

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BTTF was nominated for an Academy Award in Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)(1986).

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Here's an alternate photo that was taken, but not used in the film.

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"Doc. You're my only hope." -Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) - It's interesting that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (also directed by Robert Zemeckis) has a similar line ("C'mon Eddie. You're my only hope.")

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"Look! There's a rhythmic ceremonial ritual coming up!" -Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd)

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In 1986, Back to the Future was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical".

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It's interesting that the time on this clock is 1:22am - the same time that Einstein returned from his first time travel trip in the parking lot of Twin Pines Mall (0:24:17)

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Bob Gale saw Tony Hawk skateboarding at Venice Beach, CA and hired him to help choreograph the skateboarding scenes.

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Bob Gale explained that it would have been impossible to shoot on location in a real town "because no city is going to let a film crew remodel their town to look like it's in the 1950s." The filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then we would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes."

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Biff's car is a 1946 Ford Super De Luxe convertible

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In 2007, the Library of Congress selected Back to the Future for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Michael J. Fox's schedule during weekdays consisted of filming "Family Ties" during the day, and Back to the Future from 6:30pm to 2:30am. On Fridays, he shot from 10pm to 6 or 7am, and then moved on to film exterior scenes throughout the weekend, as that was the only time he available during daylight hours.

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Notice the drawing in the top-right corner of the screen - it's Doc Brown's "Mind Reading Helmet".

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Back to the Future became the most successful film of 1985, grossing more than $380 million worldwide. (That's over $770 million in 2009 dollars!)

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Notice the man on the bicycle wearing the hat. The film makers cleverly used this shadowy figure in Back to the Future II to depict Doc Brown riding to Biff's house. in BTTF II, Doc rides right by 'this conversation' and even helps... 'himself' with wrench.

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Marvin Berry calls "his cousin" Chuck... Chuck Berry to let him hear a new sound. A sound that Chuck Berry became famous for. Oddly, there was a band in the 1950's called "Joey Dee and the Starliters", who's first single was called "Lorraine" - the same name of the female lead - on the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence.

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Thomas F. Wilson voiced his character (Biff) in "Back to the Future: The Animated Series".

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"This is a blue riff in B. Watch me for the changes and try to keep up, okay." -Marty (Michael J. Fox)

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Another scene where Eric Stoltz played "Marty McFly". Here are image comparisons.

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Back to the Future won the 1986 Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation.

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The odometer reads 33044.

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California Raisins were popular in the 80's, party due to the catchy TV ads featuring animated Raisins.

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Heaven Is One Step Away by Eric Clapton

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In just a moment, Marty will call this man "Red". He is likely the same "Mayor Red Thomas" from November 5, 1955 when Marty went back in time. Red's black car was driving through town announcing: "If you believe in progress, re-elect Mayor Red Thomas. Progress is his middle name." (36:51) Election day in 1955 was November 8, 1955.

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Puente Hills Mall again, but this time the name of the mall is "Lone Pine Mall". Before Marty went back in time to 1955, it was called "Twin Pines Mall" (18:07). However, when Marty was trying to get away from old man Peabody's shotgun blasts, he accidentally ran over one of the two pines in front of Peabody's home (you can see a sign that says "Twin Pines Ranch"), and old man Peabody yells: "You killed a pine!"

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This is not the same letter that Marty wrote in Lou's Cafe (1:15:54). In this 1985 letter, the word "precautions" is at the END of the line; In the 1955 letter it is at the beginning of the next line. The handwriting is also different. Image comparison

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In President Reagan's February 4, 1986 State of the Union Speech, Reagan quotes Doc's line "As they said in the film “Back to the Future,” “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

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