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Back to the Future
- Year: 1985
- Restrictions: 7+
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- IMDb: 8.5
- Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
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- Robert Zemeckis
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Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time to 1955, meeting his future parents and becoming his mother’s romantic interest. Christopher Lloyd portrays Marty’s friend Doctor Emmett “Doc” Brown, an eccentric scientist and inventor of the time-traveling DeLorean automobile, who helps Marty repair history and return to 1985. The cast also includes Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Thomas F. Wilson.
Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale pondered the idea of whether he would have befriended his father if they had attended school together. Film studios rejected it until the financial success of Zemeckis’s Romancing the Stone. Zemeckis approached Steven Spielberg, who agreed to produce the project at Amblin Entertainment with Universal Pictures as the distributor. Fox was the first choice to play Marty, but Eric Stoltz was cast after Fox was unable to commit due to scheduling conflicts with his television series Family Ties. After filmmakers determined Stoltz was wrong for the role, a deal was struck that allowed Fox to film Back to the Future without interrupting his prior commitments.
Back to the Future was released on July 3, 1985. It was well-received, placing at the top of the box office for eleven weeks and grossing over $381 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing film of 1985. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, and the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing. It received three Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). In 2007, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in June 2008 the American Film Institute’s special AFI’s 10 Top 10 designated it the 10th-best science fiction film. The film’s success led to a franchise including two sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), a theme park ride, an animated series, several video games, a series of comic books, and a stage musical.