Back to the Future

Corrected entry: In 1985, when Marty's mum is talking about Jennifer, she mentions that she's never sat in a parked car with a boy before. But as Marty and his mum are sitting in a car in 1955, she says, "It's not like I've never parked with a boy before", which means she has.

Correction: Lorraine was obviously lying in 1985 about never being in a parked car with a boy, the same way a parent might lie to their kids about when they lost their virginity if they lost it in high school in hopes of deterring their kids from going out and having sex early themselves.


Corrected entry: Seeing as Marty changed his future, shouldn't the photo of himself, his brother and sister be different?

Correction: Not really. The events of that day, leading up to the picture being taken, could have been the same.


Corrected entry: How does Doc know that lightning will hit the clock tower at precisely 10:04:00? Since the minute hand only advances once a minute, it's possible that the clock was struck anytime between 10:04:00 and 10:04:59.


Correction: Actually the gears inside the clock tower would tell you how many seconds had passed, so assuming that the story about the clock tower was researched correctly they would be certain that the bolt hit at 10:04 precisely.


Corrected entry: When Marty goes to see Doc in 1955 we see Einstein as a puppy. This would mean that in 1985 Einstein would be 30 years old. Though not completely impossible (the oldest dog in the world ever was 29) it is highly unlikely.

Correction: The dog in 1955 is a different dog. The Doc even calls it by a different name after another famous scientist, Copernicus.

Craig Bryant

Corrected entry: At the end when George's book is delivered, Lorraine says it is his first novel. If that is the case, what has he been doing for the past 20-30 years to support his family and make them better off than they were at the start?

Correction: His improved self-confidence would have landed him a better job in the meantime. Also, just because it's his first novel doesn't mean he hasn't been writing; he could have published plenty of articles or short stories.


Corrected entry: When the DeLorean is struck by lightning, there is a second stunt person in the passenger seat of the DeLorean. Since they never re-shot this scene, you can see it in all three BTTF movies. (01:36:35)

Correction: No there isn't - that is just the seat and headrest. I have zoomed in and there is just a seat - no person.

Corrected entry: We continuously see that the DeLorean travels through time, not space (for example, if you departed in California, you would not arrive in Australia). Putting that, and the fact that Hill Valley is in California, into consideration, if you did use the car to go to the signing of the Declaration of Independence or the birth of Christ, as Doc suggested at the beginning of the movie, you would have to take either a cross-country road trip, or an across-the-globe road trip, the latter of which, I need not tell you, is impossible.

Correction: I know this is marked as a "deliberate" mistake, but actually Doc is using these well-known dates as an example, showing where you *could* go, *if* you were in the right place.


Corrected entry: This is also for the other two.When the doc sends Einstein back in time, you see that it is covered in ice, but in the other time travels there is no ice nor is it the slightest bit cold

Correction: The correction is wrong. Doc did not send Einstein back in time. He sent him to the future. Only then the car gets covered in ice, such as seen at the end of the film when Marty returns to 1985.

Corrected entry: In the scene when the clocks are chiming, Doc says to Marty all of the clocks are 25 minutes slow, but in the opening scene with the clocks, there are two that are set at 8:10 (one on the coffee maker and and a small black clock next to the TV). The rest are set at 7:55.

Correction: Doc probably means all the clocks involved in his experiment, not all the clocks in the house.


Corrected entry: When Doc is attempting to hook the cable to the clock, in 1955, he has on shoes with Velcro. Velcro had not been invented yet.

Correction: Utter nonsense. George de Mestral was granted a worldwide patent for Velcro in Switzerland in 1951, and the US patent followed in January 1952. It was an instant hit and all sorts of Velcro products flew off the shelves, including Velcro shoes.

Corrected entry: At The End of the movie, when Marty and Jennifer are in the DeLorean with Doc, Marty says "You don't have enough road to get up to 88 miles an hour". But only a few hours ago, minutes to the viewer even, after Doc dropped Marty off at home, we see the DeLorean back out of the driveway and speed off, and we hear and see the sound and light of him going into the future down the same stretch of road. Marty is either not good with depth perception or the Doc must've driven through someone's house to get up to 88 miles an hour.

Correction: When Doc Brown goes into the future by himself, we see the DeLorean pull out of the driveway and race down the street, out of view, before it turns around and races past again and vanish into the future. Doc has apparently gone far enough down the street before turning around to give himself enough room to accelerate. After he comes back to pick up Marty and Jennifer, he only pulls out of the driveway rather than driving further down the street as he had before, prompting Marty's comment.

Corrected entry: Anyone else find it ironic that Einstein the dog was the world's first time traveler, while the real Einstein was the one who said that time travel is impossible?

Correction: Part of the "strange" world that Einstein explained in 1905 in his theory of relativity is that time and space are joined in our universe as a four-dimensional fabric known as space-time. Stranger yet is the concept that both space and time warp as mass or speed is increased. Einstein actually proved that time travel was theoretically possible, then spent the rest of his life trying to disprove it.

Corrected entry: If Marty had made such an impression on his parents which is how he was supposed to have got his name, surely they would have called their 1st son Marty and not Marty who was their 3rd child? (01:27:20)

Correction: His older brother could have gotten a family name. Which would trump an old friend's name.

Jack's Revenge

Corrected entry: If Marty's family is so much more successful after his trip back in time, why do they still live in the same small house?


Correction: It could be a nice neighborhood. A larger house might have had a high property tax. Just because they moved up in the wealth sector doesn't mean they would have moved far above the upper-middle class level.

Corrected entry: In this movie when you go back in time you would get there at the exact time you on the time machine. At the end of the movie when Marty figures out he has all the time he needs he sets the time machine to 1:24 or some other hour with 24 as the minutes. When Marty gets back to 1985 he crashes into the movie theater, drives down the road, and says hi to the homeless guy. After all that Marty looks up at clock and you see that time just went from 23 to 24 minutes. Wouldn't it already be a few seconds after 24 minutes?


Correction: Not all clocks are synchronized. The clock in town might have been set a few seconds behind the clock in the DeLorean.

Corrected entry: Near the end when Marty gets locked in the trunk he says the keys are there with him. Why would the keys be in the trunk?.

Correction: It was an accident. Similar to locking your keys inside your car. My parents have done this several times with their older cars.


Corrected entry: After Marty gets off the stage after playing "Johnny B Goode" he runs into his future parents. His father thanks him for all his good advice. His mother asks him if they are ever going to see him again. Wouldn't they just assume that Marty will be back in school on Monday? (01:30:20)

Correction: Although I don't think it is ever said, it is made clear throughout the film that Marty (posing as Doc's nephew) is only at the school for a short time, whilst staying with his 'uncle'. The night of the dance is obviously his last night before returning to his normal school.

Corrected entry: In the beginning, Doc and Marty meet at the Twin Pine Mall, and we learn that Doc has built a time machine, which runs on plutonium. He has a heavy case filled with several containers of plutonium, one of which he inserts into the DeLorean. Doc is then killed and Marty flees to 1955. When he goes back to 1985, he plans to get there ten minutes early in order to prevent Doc's death. However, the car runs out of gas and Marty has to run to the Lone Pine Mall on foot, thus getting there too late. He is devastated that Doc is dead. Why? There is more plutonium two feet from him, in the truck. He can just take some, put it in the car, and come back ten minutes early again--or thirty minutes, or an hour, or a day, or whatever he wants.


Correction: True, but this solution probably wouldn't occur to him moments after he saw Doc murdered, so it is conceivable that he would grieve for a while and then hit on the idea if Doc hadn't been wearing body armor.

Corrected entry: After Marty returns to the present, he wakes up in his room that is identical to the beginning of the movie, however the rest of the house i.e the living has changed and is more modern.

Waldo Gonzalez

Correction: That merely tells us that Marty was more or less the same in both timelines, having similar tastes.

Which wouldn't happen. Because with loving, successful and self confident parents, there's no way a kid turns up just the same as with goofy, drunk, and pushovers parents.


Unlikely, but not impossible and therefore, not a mistake.


Corrected entry: When Marty first enters Lou's cafe in 1955, Lou is visibly angry at Marty just because he won't order something right away. However, he doesn't seem to care that one of his paying customers, George McFly, is being harassed by Biff and his gang and told never to come in there again. You would think Lou would tell Biff and Co. to knock it off or else be asked to leave.


Correction: George had already paid for his cereal, what does Lou care? Biff and Co. are paying customers on occasion too, he wouldn't want to alienate them either. Especially considering they're likely to vandalize his restaraunt in retaliation.

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Continuity mistake: When we first see the machine in action, the travel is shown from three different angles. In the second, a line of fire passes directly between Doc's legs, but in the third angle, they pass to the left of both of his legs. (00:21:00)


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Trivia: Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty. After filming quite a few scenes they realised his acting style was too dramatic for the humor desired, so they cast Michael J Fox (who they couldn't originally get because he was busy with the TV show Family Ties). Filming was on weekends and nights around his TV schedule and using his double at other times.


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Question: Right when Marty gets back to Doc before he goes back to 1985, he's praising his dad's actions of the night. One line that's bothered me ever since I can remember is "My dad laid out Biff. He's never stood up to Biff in his life." And then the Doc pauses for a second and gets a strange look on his face and says, "Never?" To that, Marty says, "No, why?" and the Doc shrugs it off saying, "Nevermind." What's Doc thinking? The best I can come up with is that he's wondering what effects it'll have on the future, but that's a rough guess. If anyone out there knows, I'd be happy to hear it.


Chosen answer: I think that is *exactly* what he is thinking. He realizes that by standing up to Biff, George may have irrevocably changed his personal future, and therefore affected Marty's future as well. This is exactly the sort of thing Doc was so eager to prevent by refusing to hear any information about the future.

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Answer: In the novel Marty adds that George is also thinking about college now. Doc says that this might delay Loraine and George having kids for awhile and adds that Marty might find himself like 10-14 years old when he gets back to 1985.

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