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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 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.


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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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Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£461,194 (UK) (1 October 2010)


$210,609,762 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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1.21 "jiggawatts" is sometimes thought to be a mispronunciation of "gigawatts", but this is actually the official pronunciation of the prefix "giga" according to the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. See more »


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[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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For the video release, "To Be Continued" was added before the closing credits. This title has disappeared from the DVD release. See more »


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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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The Lost Blockbuster
3 July 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Back to the Future is one of those rare, almost forgotten, pieces of pop culture that, surprisingly, draws little attention to itself. Unlike such notable gimmicks as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Independence Day, there aren't any low-budget leeches trying to imitate off this work and cash-in on its success. This is due to the near flawless script. Why it didn't win an Oscar, you're guess is as good as mine. Making a time-travel storyline as in this movie that doesn't fall into plot holes the size of Terminator's is exceptionally difficult. I'd know.

The film starts slow, and gradually accelerates as it progresses. You could almost call it a Jerry Bruckheimer movie for kids with Spielberg's trademark nostalgia. The characters themselves are typical stereotypes for a movie like this and none of them, not even Marty himself, gel with potential. In some ways it's as if MAD magazine made the film in an attempt to be serious.

With such an automotive obsession as this film has, one must wonder if George Lucas was involved.

Overall, I have to praise this movie for its inventiveness and originality, even if it created most of our time-travel cliches. 4 out of 5 stars. Well worth your time.

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