Back to the Future

Correction: If you look at the time readouts, Marty travels to Nov. 12, 1955 at around 6 am. What time it was at the moment didn't matter.

LorgSkyegon

Corrected entry: When Marty escapes the Libyans at the Twin Pines Mall, hits 88mph and ends up in Old Man Peabody's barn, driving in through a large opening in the barn before crashing. However, the cut to the inside of the barn shows no form of entry other than the closed doors the family are entering. In addition the inside of the barn is very small compared to the outside view. (00:30:10 - 00:31:55)

Paul Andrews

Correction: He doesn't enter the barn where the family enters the barn. He enters through the back of the barn and goes all the way through, hence why the family are facing the lights from the door they enter through, not the back of the car.

Actually there are no openings behind the car when the Peabodys enter so he couldn't have gone through.

The car spun 45 degrees when it enters the barn and comes to a stop. They enter it through the side so what you see behind the car is the other side of the barn, not the back (or front whatever you want) where he came in, that's on the right side of the car.

lionhead

Corrected entry: On the DVD version, in the scene where Doc gets shot and then later reveals to Marty that he was wearing a bullet proof vest. A vest does not work in the way shown in the movie. It doesn't repel bullets (as shown in the "impact points" in the vest he displays), it absorbs them. Read how a vest works from howstuffworks dot com and you'll see what I mean. In addition, it looks like he is wearing only a Threat Level 2a class vest. An AK47 or similar weapon with a 7.62mm round would go clean through the vest, through Doc, and out the other side thus killing him and ending the story. The only style of vest that can withstand that sort of impact is a Threat Level 3 class vest (the style that specialized units in the military wear). This style is very bulky and is extremely difficult to conceal like Doc did. In addition, it has a ceramic plate in it which would have shattered upon the first impact and failed to protect against multiple impacts from that kind of weapon, and definitely not show "impact points" of twisted metal.

Correction: Doc is a brilliant scientist as well as an inventor. He had the time and the ability to invent his own special material that works like no other material known to man. If he can invent a time machine, I'm sure a bulletproof material would be easy for him.

Damian Torres

As he stated in 1955, none of his inventions had ever worked. When he heard about and was shown the Delorean, he was amazed because it worked. I don't think that he would have been able to invent a jacket that repels bullets that great.

He is still a brilliant inventor/engineer that eventually makes the DeLorean run on bio-fuel and makes a train fly. Surely he can invent himself a vest.

lionhead

Unless he is super paranoid I don't think he thought he would be shot.

Correction: After 30 years it's possible for him to invent the vest. Also, from what I see, the vest hasn't repelled the rounds, as we can see where they've hit as the rounds have impacted the vest.

Corrected entry: The DeLorean has 'Good Year' tyres - this is a deliberate mistake to create an in joke, as the brand is actually 'Goodyear'.

Correction: All the shots of the tires I see are correct. Goodyear's brand has the winged shoe between the "d" and "y" so that it looks like it's "good year." This is what the DeLorean has.

Bishop73

Correction: That is not true. The jeep driver is Walter Scott (who is also credited for his role).

Bishop73

Corrected entry: When Marty begins playing "Johnny B. Goode", the guitar tone is suddenly distorted whereas it was clean in the prior song without him ever adjusting the amp or the guitar's volume knob. The guitar also becomes more distorted during the guitar solo.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: Turning a knob on a guitar takes almost no time at all. He could have easily turned it between shots, or when his back was turned toward the camera.

MasterOfAll

Corrected entry: When Marty travels back to 1955 the DeLorean first strikes a scarecrow, then drives at high speed into a barn and finally crashes through the barn door to escape. Later, when it returns to 1985, it crashes into a movie theatre front before it can stop. After all this mayhem the DeLorean doesn't have as much as a scratch on its nose.

Correction: That's because the entire body of every DMC DeLorean is made out of stainless steel, not fiberglass.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: After Marty returns to 1985, he discovers that he now has the new Toyota truck he wanted, while the rest of his family is forced to share one car. Why would Marty, the youngest of the siblings, who is still in high school, have his own brand new truck while his older siblings and both parents have to share one other vehicle?

calidude

Correction: We only see one vehicle other than the truck, this does not mean it is the only other vehicle. We only know that Marty's older brother uses the car to go to work.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: After Marty reunites his parents, he and his siblings all reappear in the photo and all is well. However, in order for Marty and his brother and sister to exist again, it would mean that Marty's parents would have to have sex at the exact same moment all three times to conceive them. Even if they were a few seconds off, it wouldn't be the exact same three kids. Similar maybe, but not exact. Now that George is more successful, he will be doing many things differently in his life so the chances of him and Lorraine having sex at the exact same millisecond all three times to have those exact three kids is beyond astronomical.

calidude

Correction: This is purely speculative. There is no way anyone (other than the filmmakers) can say what "should" have happened in the altered timeline. The odds may be astronomical, but the odds are certainly better than the odds of a plutonium-powered, time-travelling Delorean being invented.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Marty is trying to prove to Doc that he is from the future, he shows him his driver's license and the photo of himself and his siblings. Doc immediately dismisses them both. Doesn't Doc notice that the quality of the color in the photos is much better than any color film that existed in the 1950's? Wouldn't that grab his attention?

calidude

Correction: If he actually took the time to examine it, maybe. Think about it, if someone walked up and told you he was from the future and showed you a document to prove it, would you believe him and examine it or humor the weirdo and get away as quick as you could?

Grumpy Scot

This is taken out of context. Doc didn't really want to see it, Marty was pushing it in his face to prove he is from 1985. He was humouring him but as a scientist, he was struck by curiosity. He would have at least looked.

Corrected entry: If everything that happens in the past, determines what happens in the future,and there in between, then wouldn't it make more sense for the picture of the family, when it starts to come back, to have them dressed differently? Such is the case when they are in the new family scene, when they come back.

Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. There's no reason why they couldn't be wearing the same clothes in the altered timeline.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Marty shows Doc the flyer from 1985 about saving the clock tower, this gives them the time that the clock will be struck by lightning, 10:04pm on that coming Saturday (11/12/55). However, the main problem here is that the time is only given in hours and minutes, and since lightning moves at the speed of light, an entire lightning strike lasts only fractions of a second. Doc and Marty have no clue as to what second the lightning will strike during that minute, and it isn't given a thought. In reality this would cause a tremendous dilemma if the Delorean had to pass at a precise second. And since the clock on the tower lacked a second hand, they would need a sychronized watch to determine the second the strike occurs, even if they knew it. In the movie it is assumed the strike occurs at 10:04:00, which is fine, but for more realism they could've added a second hand to the clock to eliminate this plot hole. It would have been stuck in place as the other hands after the lightning strike.

polaris

Correction: A second-hand isn't necessary. The second within the minute that the lightning strike occured could have been been determined by an examination of the inner workings of the clock (which stopped functioning after the strike). Such a noteworthy piece of trivia would likely have been included in the Hill Valley Preservation Society's flier. In fact, Doc states as much - that according to the flier the clock is struck at precisely 10:04pm.

JC Fernandez

Even if they examined the insides of the clock and reported the precise second of the lightning strike in the flier (which is itself improbable), they would only know the time down to the nearest second (and that's assuming the clock tower kept perfect time). 88 miles per hour is about 129 feet per second-at that speed, even being off by a few milliseconds would cause the lightning to miss the DeLorean entirely.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie. From when Doc is shot by the terrorists to when Marty drives away to 1955, a few times the area where Marty is standing at the end of the movie (when he watches the scene again) is visible, yet "Marty" isn't standing there.

Correction: Marty has changed history in subtle (name of the mall changes) and not-so-subtle (hip parents; Doc survives) ways. The scenario may simply have played out a little differently this time around.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: The first time Doc is shot by the terrorists, his gun (which he threw) is visible near the front of the terrorists' van. However, when the scene is shown again at the end of the movie, the gun is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: That doesn't mean anything. The first part was from before Marty changed the past, while the second part is from after his meddling with history. Any of a number of things could have changed. Doc may have very easily acted differently having know what was to happen. If you can find an example of this using conflicting shots that are both before or both after Marty's trip to the past, then you'd have a valid mistake.

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: At the very end, Marty tells Doc that he'll have to back up as they don't have enough roads to get up to 88mph. The next shot we see shows the avenue stretching off at least a mile into the distance, with plenty of road to reach that speed. Since the DeLorean was able to achieve 88mph in a parking lot, it should be fairly obvious to Marty that there is no issue with them not having enough road.

Correction: He's talking about road without intersections. It'd be less than desirable to ram into the side of someone's car at 87 miles per hour.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Marty pulls out of the barn and runs over the pine tree, it's pitch black outside (the sun hasn't risen yet). The subsequent shot shows Marty driving his car and telling himself it's just a dream...now it's complete daylight. Is the Twin Pines Mall/Twin Pines Ranch so far away from Hill Valley that it takes a sunrise's-worth of time to DRIVE from one to the other? Doubtful, since it only took Marty about 15 minutes to skateboard there from his house (and pick up Doc's camcorder along the way).

Matty Blast

Correction: He wouldn't show up at the exact time he left 1985, he would show up at the time set on the consule which I belive was 5:30am. Also, it gets pretty bright in the morning even before the sun rises. If you look the sky has a grayish look to it that looks like a overcast day before the sun rises.

Corrected entry: Just after the Libyans arrive, Marty is seen jumping into the Delorean. If you look closely at his face in this shot, you can see that it's not Michael J. Fox. It's actually Eric Stolz, who was originally cast as Marty McFly.

Movie_Freak 1

Correction: This has already been corrected once. When Michael J Fox took over the role, the costume was changed. Stoltz's Marty wore black Converse shoes in 1985 (as seen in behind the scenes photos), but when Fox took over the role, the character's shoes were changed to white Nikes. The person leaping into the Delorean wears white Nikes - it is definitely NOT Eric Stoltz.

Corrected entry: American police may be so lackadaisical that they don't attend the scene of a car racing noisily around a car park, followed by a loud crash of a van hitting a shed, but I find it hard to believe that they don't investigate continuous machine gun fire from the same area. There are occupied building all around the car park, and there is plenty of time for them to turn up.

Correction: They'd have to receive a call from someone to be made aware of the situation. If the neighbors thought it was just some teenagers screwing around with firecrackers, which is more likely (because how often to Libyan terrorists open fire right next door?), the police wouldn't exactly rush to the scene lights blazing and sirens blaring. There's very few minutes from when the Libyans start firing to when Marty goes back to 1955, and who knows how far away the nearest police cruiser is.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Marty is being chased by the terrorists, he disappears through time, and the terrorists crash their van into the photo-booth, which presumably stops them dead in their tracks. But really, how would trashing that small booth make the bad guys irrelevant from that point onward? They weren't killed. So realistically they'd all get out of their crashed van and proceed to wreak more havoc. Yet in the time it takes Marty & Doc Brown to gather up all their stuff and drive away in Doc's van, the terrorists don't lift a finger to chastise them or confiscate the remaining plutonium.

Correction: There are any number of explanations: 1. The Libyans may have been rendered unconscious in the crash, which while not explosive *did* knock the vehicle to its side and at least one Libyan was unrestrained. 2. The parking lot was the site of machine gun fire and multiple explosions, and the Libyans may have fled the scene before the police arrived.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When back in 1985 Marty's mom asks if this is the night for the big date, Marty answers "How can I go to the lake when the car is wrecked?" His family reacts by going out and checking George's BMW. Seconds later we see that Marty has his own truck - shouldn't they have been checking on that instead? And if it's because he talks about the car (i.e. the BMW) instead of the truck, they should have wondered why he was going to take his fathers BMW up to the lake instead of his truck.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: They're probably used to hearing Marty refer to the truck as "the truck," whereas George's car is "the car." Once they heard Marty say the car was wrecked, they didn't have time to think logically and conclude, well, the car may be wrecked but you're taking the truck. More likely they were startled and wanted to go check on the car right away to find out what Marty was talking about.

K.C. Sierra

Continuity mistake: When Biff and his goon friends are in Biff's car, as they chase Marty on his borrowed 'skateboard', the car's rearview mirror repeatedly disappears and reappears, and the side mirror changes from round to square repeatedly. (01:06:50)

Super Grover Premium member

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Trivia: In the battle of the bands scene, when Marty introduces The Pinheads, Huey Lewis, who provided "The Power of Love" for the film's soundtrack, plays the second judge from the left, and is the one who eventually says, "You're just too darn loud." (00:07:40)

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Question: How is Marty able to play a 1980s videotape on a 1950s television set? Is this just another example of Doc's ahead-of-his-time inventiveness?

Answer: Video tape system back then could output an NTSC video signal, just like broadcast at the time, and up to HD in the 2000s. Usually there was a switch on the video device to change the output frequency between channels 3 or 4. Depending on what was an open channel in your area.

Answer: The video camera was in the DeLorean. With the right kind of adapter, which was common enough in the 80s that Doc might've had it on the camera or been able to jury-rig something in the 50s, it would have been possible to connect it into the antenna screws in the back of the TV like an old Atari and play it directly from the camera.

Captain Defenestrator

TVs in the 50s had a two prong antennae connection (two screws in the back that you put a prong antennae into) TVs in the mid 80s also had this. The coax connection (the one wire that screws in) was starting to become common, but, the two prong connection would have been more likely on any given TV at the time, so, whatever wire they used to preview recordings probably had that. very convenient that Marty brought those cords with him.

An old Atari 2600 RF Adapter would be how one would link a video camera to an old-fashioned television. A simple-enough part that Doc could probably make one with 1950s technology.

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