Cast and Crew: Robert Zemeckis (Director, Writer); Bob Gale (Writer, Producer); Huey Lewis and the News (Soundtrack); Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg (Executive Producers); Alan Silvestri (Score); Dean Cundey (Director of Photography); Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, James Tolkan, Casey Siemasko, Billy Zane, Courtney Gains, Gary Riley, George “Buck” Flower
What It’s About: When the Libyans he tricked into giving him plutonium to power his time traveling Delorean gun down Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), his teenaged assistant Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) escapes to November 5th, 1955 using the sporty time machine. Can McFly convince the 1955 Doc Brown to help him travel Back to the Future, and will his presence disrupt the events that lead to his parents’ first kiss at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance?
Why Watch it Today?: While November 5th would also make an appropriate day for today’s film, the climax of the 1955 events takes place on the evening of November 12th, 1955, with Marty desperately trying to bring his parents together at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance while Doc Brown sets up the Delorean to take advantage of the lightning bolt that famously destroyed the town’s clock tower on that date. Back to the Future is 1980s blockbuster film making at its best with a great cast and funny dialogue tied to a high concept story filled with exciting sequences and special effects.
Be sure to watch the original, goofy teaser trailer:
I still remember my parents going to see this movie and my mom coming home and telling me all about it, in particular the scene where he he orders a Pepsi Free and a Tab, which amusingly are now anachronistic in both directions!
That’s an excellent point-it’s been a while, I think I need to take my own advice and re-watch. What I do remember is my own first viewing-it was in a theater but we somehow missed most of the beginning, coming in during the experiment-and coming home so excited that I imagined how cool it would be if I could get my bike to go fast enough to time travel. I also rather embarrassingly was charmed by Chuck Berry’s music and Fox’s stolen duck walk. I may have even aped it.