Movie Poster: Back to the Future

Movie Poster: Back to the Future

Thirty years ago today, one of my favorite movies of all time was released.  On July 3, 1985, the blockbuster action-comedy,
Back to the Future made everyone wanted a Delorean DMC-12 and made Michael J. Fox even more of a household name.

The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Michael J. Fox starred as Marty McFly, a teenager who travels back 30 years using a time machine built by a zany professor Doc Brown portrayed by Christopher Lloyd.  I guess I’ll be taking us back 30 years too but sorry to say I don’t have a Delorean for the task.  Doc Brown’s Delorean DMC-12 sports car was outfitted with a nuclear reactor and at 88 miles per hour, the plutonium-powered reactor achieves the “1.21 giagawatts” of power it needed to travel through time.

Of course it worked and Marty McFly traveled into the movie history books and arrived in 1955.  As with most time-travel fantasies, it is not good if the people from the future disrupt anything from the past.  In 1955, Marty’s parents were in high school and his time travel put him directly in his mother’s hormonal path.

Lorraine Baines and Marty McFly portrayed by Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox

Lorraine Baines and Marty McFly portrayed by Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox

Marty had to set things straight by getting his parents together and then get back to the future.  A long the way, movie audiences were treated to many funny scenes that the differences in thirty years could only bring.  This included the typical antagonist in a comedy, Biff.

Back to the Future launched a movie franchise that produced a total of three movies.  Although the second one is not very good in my opinion, the movie franchise will go down in history as one of the best.  It is still loved today.  My daughter, a teenager, loves Back to the Future and Back to the Future III.

Here is the cast then and now.

The Back to the Future movie franchise is also cemented into pop culture.

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10 responses

  1. It doesn’t seem possible that this movie is 30 years old. That would make me old too, lol. Thanks for the trip down my memory lane.

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  2. It was never 30 years ago! Oh my lord!

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  3. John Holton says:

    We didn’t see the other two movies in the franchise, but this one was excellent, and a lot of fun. I love the scene where he walks into the diner and asks for a Pepsi Free, and the guy says “Uh uh, you gotta pay for it.”

    I’ve always liked Lea Thompson as an actress. Even in the Burger King commercials.

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    • That was a great scene. Me too about Lea Thompson. The scene in his mother’s home in 1955 when his uncle is in the playpen and he says something about his uncle getting used to the bars was priceless.

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  4. Birgit says:

    I am stupefied! I remember seeing this film in the theatres thinking 1955 was long ago. Now I look back 30 yrs and just shake my head because I was in university and it seems almost like yesterday. I am not one for The Big Bang Theory because I hung around those very people in university but that scene is funny.

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  5. Sue Archer says:

    I just watched this one again recently, and it still holds up! What a fun movie. I have clear memories of going to see this one in the theatre – at the time I had a big crush on Michael J. Fox. 🙂

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