Back to the Future

Trivia: In case there is any confusion a Gigawatt (not Jigawatt) does exist, it means 1 billion watts. So, the power required for the flux capacitor is 1.21 billion watts. Whether it could be channeled down cables that easily is another matter.

Trivia: Reportedly, a black pride organization had major problems with the movie, claiming that it was wrong to imply that rock'n'roll had been created/inspired by a white man (Marty).

Trivia: This movie is Billy Zane's first screen appearance. He plays one of Biff's side kicks. He's easiest to see just after Biff calls Marty's dad an 'Irish bug'. Marty stares, then Biff grabs him to say 'you finished my homework yet?' He can also be seen just after Marty runs over the convertible later, kneeling in the back of the car before it crashes into the dung van. (00:38:55 - 01:07:20)

Trivia: In all three BTTF movies, the DeLorean sounds like it has a very powerful V8-mill implanted - actually, the DMC-12 had "only" a 2.8-litre Renault V6 with a poor 132hp output inside, sounding more asthmatic than anything else. Adding insult to injury, the car was nowhere as fast as it looks; given the weight of over 1200 kgs in combination with the phlegmatic engine, acceleration was not very astonishing, and the car never reached the promised top speed of 220 kph. If Doc Brown had not only considered the stainless steel body but other facts like the more than poor manufacturing, he would surely have chosen another vehicle to carry his invention.

Trivia: When the film was released in Spain and France Calvin Klein wasn't known at all, so the joke about changing Marty's name had to be fixed: In Spain he is called Levi Strauss and in France, Pierre Cardin.

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Trivia: Wondering what the L. in Emmet's middle name stands for? It is Lathrop. This is discovered in the T.V. series of Back to the Future in the 2nd season episode 1 (episode 6 in all episode count). Unfortunately that was the last episode.

Trivia: Crispin Glover (George McFly) also starred in Family Ties as one of Alex P. Keaton's friends. Michael J Fox (Marty) played Alex P. Keaton.

Trivia: The sound effect used for the toy time machine car as it leaps off the table and runs across the garage floor is the same as the sound of the Time Machine as it propels itself through time in the 1960's version of The Time Machine. (01:10:20)


Trivia: November 5th is not only the date the Doc came up with the idea for time travel. Its also the birthdate of the father of the producer. Producer Bob Gale was looking through his father's high school year book when it occurred to him, what if he'd been his father's friend if he went back in time.

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Trivia: Stunt coordinator Walter Scott has a cameo as the driver of the pickup truck that gives Marty a lift to school. (00:06:40)

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Trivia: Mayor Red Thomas is actually Set Director Hal Gausman.

Trivia: In the original script, the dog Einstein was a monkey by the name of Shemp, believe it or not.

Trivia: The opening sequence with the ticking clocks is a direct lift from The Time Machine (1960).

Trivia: The school that served as Hill Valley High was Whittier High School in Whittier, California just outside of Los Angeles. It's Richard Nixon's alma mater. Also, the Twin/Lone Pines Mall is, in fact, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. Today, JC Penney is no longer an anchor there.

Trivia: One of the reasons that Eric Stoltz was fired from BTTF is because he took the role too seriously and had no comedic instinct. Following his method-acting chops, he insisted on being called "Marty" all the time, both on and off camera, which the crew thought was weird. It WAS weird and made the crew leery of him. Also, Eric didn't know how to feign a blow; he always made full contact in fight scenes. Thomas F. Wilson (who played Biff) said he was very pissed off that Eric Stoltz kept slamming him full-force in the diner scene, take-after-take, until Wilson's shoulder and collarbone were bruised. In fact, the much larger Thomas Wilson had planned to actually face-punch Eric Stoltz in the parking scene at the school dance, in revenge. Fortunately for Eric Stoltz, he was fired from the role of Marty McFly before they filmed the parking scene.

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Trivia: Despite what the ending shows, the movie's producers originally had no intention of creating a sequel. As director Robert Zemeckis reveals in an interview on the DVD releases, the whole finale was intended as a joke. After the immense popularity of the movie, however, Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale realised that they had to create a sequel and connect it to the "joke" ending of the first one. Once a sequel was in the works, "To Be Continued" was then added to the home video release of the first film.

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Trivia: Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) and Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) have appeared in five movies together. This is the only film however in which they share on screen dialog.

Trivia: Even though Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover play Michael J. Fox's parents in the movie, Thompson was the same age as Fox, whereas Glover was three years his junior.

Trivia: When Marty punches Biff in the diner, if you pause/use slow-mo you can tell it's not Michael J Fox that hits him, but it is actually Eric Stoltz, the original Marty, because he's taller and has more hair than Michael J Fox.

Trivia: While the young Doc and Marty get to the school there is a sign on the wall with "Ron Woodward" on it, that's a reference to Ronald Woodward, the key grip of the film.


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