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By Tom Keogh

Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me, "future boy," who is president in the United States in 1985?
Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor?! Who's vice president? Jerry Lewis?

Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis topped his breakaway hit Romancing the Stone with this joyous comedy with a dazzling hook: what would it be like to meet your parents in their youth? Billed as a special-effects comedy, the imaginative film (the top box-office smash of 1985) has staying power because of the heart behind Zemeckis and Bob Gale's script. High schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, during the height of his TV success) is catapulted back to the '50s where he sees his parents in their teens, and accidentally changes the history of how Mom and Dad met. Filled with the humorous ideology of the '50s, filtered through the knowledge of the '80s (actor Ronald Reagan is president, ha!), the film comes off as a Twilight Zone episode written by Preston Sturges. Filled with memorable effects and two wonderfully off-key, perfectly cast performances: Christopher Lloyd as the crazy scientist who builds the time machine (a DeLorean luxury car) and Crispin Glover as Marty's geeky dad. Followed by two sequels.

Academy Awards

Back to the Future received an Academy Award for Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Robert Rutledge). It also received nominations for Writing (Best Screenplay written directly for the screen; Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale), Music Best Song (Chris Hayes - Music, Johnny Colla - Music, Huey Lewis - Lyrics), and for Sound (Bill Varney, Tennyson Sebastian, II, Robert Thirlwell, William B. Kaplan).


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Back to the Future is if any, one of the greatest, imaginative and all round inventive films of the Awesome80s.

I am writing this to let people know why I love this film, why it captures my imagination, educates me and makes me feel good about my self everytime I watch it.

Lets begin, firstly i'll start with the cast and characters which I have to say were spot on for choice to acompany the film. Who better to give the lead role to but Micheal J Fox as school kid Marty Mcfly, the reason I like this combination is because Micheal really gives his character wot the audience expect.

A normal teenage kid who in the Awesome80s loves his rock music, can skateboard and has a caring girlfriend, all three key ingriedients for the rest of the film.

Christopher Lloyd, who better to play the mad scientist (the brains in the film). Big white flowing hair, crazy gestures and the way inwhich he seems too clever for his own good make's him a perfect Doctor Emmet Brown.

Meet Marty's parents George and Lorraine (Crispen Glover and Lea Thompson) who at first appear to lead a boring life but actually began full of life and love.

There's always one! the bad guy of the film, the trouble maker, played by the unforgettable Thomas F Wilson as Biff Tannen. Without him there's no sence of anger or deep sorrow within the film which helps greatly.

Ok, so thats a quick recap on the cast and characters, wot about the film itself. The year is 1985 but not for long as teenager Marty Mcfly is thrown 30 years into the past in crazy Doctor Emmet Browns time travling masterpiece (a delorean automobile).

This creates PROBLEMS, not only does Marty have to get back to his own time but he bumps into his parents which jepodizes his own exsistance. Its Marty's task to get his parents to meet, fall in love, dodge bad guy Biff tannen and save his own skin whilst co-operating with the slightly younger Doc to get himself back to the year 1985.

A ROLLERCOASTER of a ride from the start to the grand finale, Back to the Future is an allround action/comedy you'll want to come back to time and time again.

Thats a recap of the film, to be fair the real reason I love this film is because no matter how old you are, you always feel young. The idea of seeing your parents when they were the same age as yourself had never been done before and paid off well with audiences alike.

The film captures a real sense of hope and curiosity throughout, especially at the end when getting back to 1985 proves more of a task because of the weather as lightening hits a tree which causes the cable to be used to help Marty SNAPS.

Back to the Future has everthing you want in a film, comedy, romance, drama and action which is why the dvd comes first in my collection, the whole feel good factor is a real winner!

Even though Back to the Future 2 and 3 were just as good if not better, you can never beat the orginal idea and motivation behind the film.

Marty is how I would love to be, just your typical teenager who has no worries and enjoys life, wot with his music and girlfriend, unfortunatly life is not that simple at that age and watching the film brings that to a happy medium.

I loved the special effects and the use of a delorean motor car as the time machine as this car represents wot a cool car was like in the Awesome80s. This is shown by marty's amazement when the car backs out of the truck and Doc hands him the camera at the begining of the film.

The whole sense of time was kept in the film throughout, with the use of the clocktower and music which kept you as the veiwer entertained and educated.

If you have not yet watched the film I STRONGLY suggest you do as its one of the coolest adventures I've ever seen in a film and will make anyone of any age appreciate life and the good things in it.

10 out of 10, well done Robert Zemekis! [Editor's note: Well done, OutlanderG60! The marketing department at Universal Pictures either thanks you or employs you. ;) ]"




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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Wendie Jo Sperber, Marc McClure, Claudia Wells, Thomas F. Wilson, James Tolkan, Casey Siemaszko, Billy Zane, Jason Hervey

Released: July 3, 1985

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