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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 4. Back to the Future Trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990))

November 8, 2011

4. Back to the Future Trilogy [Blu-ray] (1985, 1989, 1990)

Plot: The trilogy adventure about how teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted through time and space in a DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), finding himself in the years 1955, 2015 and 1885, with different missions to do in each time period and with an ultimate goal of getting back to where—and when—he belongs.

17 year old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early. (tagline)

Also Starring: Lea ThompsonCrispin GloverThomas F. WilsonClaudia WellsJames TolkanBilly ZaneElisabeth ShueJeffrey WeissmanCasey SiemaszkoJ.J. CohenMary Steenburgen

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Robert ZemeckisBob Gale
Length: 116 min, 108 min, 118 min.
Budget: $19,000,000, $40,000,000,
Gross Revenue: $350,600,000, $332,000,000,
$243,700,000 (Worldwide)

My Favorite Movie Quote: Biff Tannen: Hey, McFly. I thought I told you never to come in here.

Back in 1985 I was eleven years old and all I wanted for Christmas was a DeLorean time machine. All we had was a Volvo and it had nothing that resembled a Flux Capacitor. It was far from silver colored too, it was purple and while it also had two doors, they did not open as cool as the DeLorean’s.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia:  Universal Pictures head Sid Sheinberg didn’t like the title “Back to the Future”, insisting that nobody would see a movie with “future” in the title. In a memo to Robert Zemeckis, he said that the title should be changed to “Spaceman From Pluto”, tying in with the Marty-as-alien jokes in the film, and also suggested further changes like replacing the “I’m Darth Vader from planet Vulcan” line with “I am a spaceman from Pluto!” Sheinberg was persuaded to change his mind by a response memo from Steven Spielberg, which thanked him for sending a wonderful “joke memo”, and that everyone got a kick out of it. Sheinberg, too proud to admit he was serious, gave in to letting the film retain its title.

1985 was also the year I fell in love with Huey Lewis and the News.

I used to carry around a cassette player blasting “The Power of Love” while rummaging through our kitchen cupboards for Plutonium. Aaahh, sweet childhood memories.

I love this trilogy. I watch it at least once a year and I never get tired of it.

When oh when will someone donate their fetus to Michael J Fox so we can get a fourth installment of Back to the Future? Why do all women hate the Arts?


Back to the Future
1 Win: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Robert R. Rutledge)
3 Nominations: Best Music, Original Song (Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla (music) Huey Lewis (lyrics)) For the song “The Power of Love”. Best Sound (Bill Varney, B. Tennyson Sebastian II, Robert Thirlwell, William B. Kaplan) Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale)

Back to the Future Part II
1 Nomination: Best Effects, Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, Michael Lantieri, John Bell, Steve Gawley)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 5. Scent of a Woman (1992)


3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 10:59

    Me and Mrs Dippylomat are running out of films on our http://www.lovefilm account, any recommednations..recent releases would be good!

    ~The Dippylomat esq.

    • Sika permalink*
      November 11, 2011 10:59

      Even though Janne the Director thinks I’m like Doc Brown and lives in the past, I do watch current movies from time to time. And for you and the Mrs I am at the moment penning down a list of current movie greatness.

  2. November 9, 2011 10:59

    I’m not sure if you have read Sika’s list so far but he don’t watch recent movies unless Rooney Mara, Freddy Kreuger or monkeys are in them.

    But if you are hungover like me: Bridesmaids (skip Hangover II).
    Sober: Submarine.

    You are welcome.

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