Back to the Future

Back to the Future

4.8 13
Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover


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High schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty's dad's supervisor. The one balm… See more details below

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High schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty's dad's supervisor. The one balm in Marty's life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must now reunite his parents-to-be, lest he cease to exist in the 1980s. It won't be easy, especially with the loutish Biff, now also a teenager, complicating matters. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Back to the Future cemented the box-office bankability of both Fox and the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, who went on to helm two equally exhilarating sequels.

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Back to the Future is Robert Zemeckis/Steven Spielberg storytelling at its best, with humor, action, special effects and a Huey Lewis soundtrack rolled together in a package that proves "Fun" and "PG" are not antonyms. Michael J. Fox, then known mostly for his role on TV's Family Ties, is a teenage everyman who fulfills the dream of escaping his go-nowhere home life and dorky parents, only to find them transformed by his own hand. Supporting him is Christopher Lloyd, let loose to do what he does best -- act like a complete nut -- in the role of mad scientist Doc Brown. The film makes the most of the notion that Fox's Marty McFly can change the future, and successfully pays off on an astounding number of plot angles. Marty not only assures his own continued existence but changes the makeup of his family and community by helping his dad grow a backbone or (if you're watching carefully) altering the name of the local mall. More than just a series of anachronisms, Back to the Future has a real heart. You suffer along with Marty's teenaged dad, George, at the depredations of his tormentor, Biff, and get a genuine surge of adrenaline and pride when George finally takes his stand. Could this event lead to a changed life? In Back to the Future it does, believably. In fact, the film has more in common with the sentimental fantasy of It's a Wonderful Life than with the often-mindless action of the science fiction pictures that followed, proving that bigger budgets and more elaborate special effects didn't exactly lead to a higher-quality summer blockbuster.

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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Looking Back to the Future: explore the legacy of Back to the Future in this 9-part retrospective documentary; Back to the Future night: go on the set of Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II in this rare tv special; The Making of Back to the Future; Making the trilogy: chapter one; Q&a with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale; Enhanced conversation with Michael J. Fox; Feature commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Universal animated anecdotes; Original makeup tests; Production archives; Excerpts from the original screenplay

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fox Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd Dr. Emmett Brown
Crispin Glover George McFly
Lea Thompson Lorraine Baines
Thomas F. Wilson Biff Tannen
James Tolkan Mr. Strickland
Claudia Wells Jennifer Parker
Wendie Jo Sperber Linda McFly
Marc McClure Dave McFly
George DiCenzo Sam Baines
Jeffrey Jay Cohen Skinhead
Boyd "Red" Morgan Cop
Granville "Danny" Young Starlighter
J.J. Cohen Skinhead
Casey Siemaszko 3-D
Billy Zane Match
Harry Waters Marvin Berry
Donald Fullilove Goldie Wilson
Lisa Freeman Babs
Cristen Kauffman Betty
Elsa Raven Clocktower Lady
Will Hare Pa Peabody
Ivy Bethune Ma Peabody
Jason Marin Sherman Peabody
Katherine Britton Peabody Daughter
Jason Hervey Milton Baines
Maia Brewton Sally Baines
Courtney Gains Dixon
Jeff O'Haco Terrorist Van Driver
Johnny Green 1st Scooter Kid
Jamie Abbott 2nd Scooter Kid
Norman Alden Lou
Read Morgan Cop
Sachi Parker 1st Bystander
Robert Krantz 2nd Bystander
Gary Riley Guy
Karen Petrasek Girl
George "Buck" Flower Bum
Tommy Thomas Starlighter
David Harold Brown Starlighter
Lloyd L. Tolbert Starlighter
Paul Hansen Pinhead
Lee Brownfield Pinhead
Robert de Lapp Pinhead
Deborah Harmon Newscaster (uncredited)
Huey Lewis High-School Band Judge
Lee McCain Stella Baines
Richard L. Duran Terrorist
Elizabeth Chambers Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Cameron Birnie Set Decoration/Design
Neil Canton Producer
Ken Chase Makeup
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Bob Gale Producer,Screenwriter
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Todd Hallowell Art Director
Chris Hayes Songwriter
Bones Howe Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Brad Jeffries Choreography
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Harry Keramidas Editor
Huey Lewis Songwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Marjorie Stone McShirley Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Kevin Pike Special Effects
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Scott Stunts
B. Tennyson Sebastian Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Judy Taylor Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Back to the Future
1. Main Titles [:26]
2. Late for School [1:49]
3. The Slacker [1:56]
4. The Family McFly [:57]
5. A Time Machine? [1:29]
6. Escape From the Past [:07]
7. 1955 [1:54]
8. Dad the Dork [2:02]
9. Calvin & Lorraine [1:01]
10. Future Boy & Doc [2:19]
11. Marty's Problem [1:44]
12. The Matchmaker [1:26]
13. Skateboard Hero [:48]
14. The Big Date [1:53]
15. The Real George [1:29]
16. Johnny B. Goode [3:30]
17. Back to the Future [3:15]
18. Doc's Decision [3:18]
19. Future Shock [7:09]
20. Roads? (Credits) [2:41]

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