Back to the Future

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: One of the reasons that Eric Stoltz was fired from BTTF is because he took the role too seriously and had no comedic instinct. But there were other reasons, too. Following his method-acting chops, Stoltz was always in character; he insisted on being called "Marty" all the time, both on and off the set; and he was always trying seduce Lea Thompson, which made the cast and crew leery of him. Also, Eric would not fake a punch; he made full contact in fight scenes, because he believed it was the only way to achieve realism. Co-star Thomas F. Wilson (who played Biff Tannen) said he was very pissed off that Eric Stoltz kept slamming him full-force in the cafeteria scene, take-after-take, until Wilson's shoulder and collarbone were bruised. In fact, the much larger Thomas Wilson had planned to give Eric Stoltz an actual beating 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, or Thomas Wilson may have killed him. Once Michael J. Fox was hired, everything went smoothly.

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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: The film was banned in China because the notion of time travel "disrespects history."


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.

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Trivia: When Marty first arrives in 1955, right when Mr. Sandman starts playing, you can see a truck directly behind him. If you look closely you can see that the logo on the truck looks like a Miller Beer logo. That's because it *is* a Miller Beer logo. The "Y" is actually a stylized twirl off the "R." (00:33:55)

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: The DeLorean was chosen for its futuristic design and vertically opening doors so that the people in 1955 would plausibly mistake it for a spaceship.


Trivia: To compensate for their height difference, Christopher Lloyd (6ft 1) would hunch over in close ups with Michael J Fox (5ft 4) so that they both appeared in frame. Robert Zemekis used blocking to position the actors far apart at different distances from the camera in wider shots.


Trivia: The script was rejected forty four times before it was finally accepted.


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.


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)

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Marty McFly: Calvin? Why do you keep calling me Calvin?
Lorraine Baines: Well, that is your name, isn't it? Calvin Klein? It's written all over your underwear.

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Question: What does the saying "Why don't you make like a tree, and get out of here", mean?

Answer: It's a way of saying "scram" or "get lost." But Biff is so dim, he doesn't realize he's saying it wrong; the expression is "make like a tree and leaf", with the joke being that "leaf" is meant to sound like "leave."

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