Back to the Future

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

hifijohn
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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.

oswal13
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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.

Matty Blast

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: The town hall building is also seen in the Voyagers TV show.

oswal13
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Suggested correction: The Town Hall building is in over 100 movies and TV shows since it is a building in Courthouse Square at Universal Studios. It has also appeared in Gremlins, The Twilight Zone, To Kill a Mockingbird, Knight Rider, Leave It To Beaver, Parenthood, Saving Mr. Banks, and Psycho II, to name some of a few of the more commonly known. I don't think its common appearance makes this trivia relevant.

I'd say it makes it more relevant. Just add the multiple appearances of the building.

lionhead
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A random show or movie sharing a set or building wouldn't be trivia. "Voyagers!" is about time travelers, which connects BTTF to it.

Bishop73

It's trivia, it's just a fun fact.

lionhead
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I was replying to the corrector explaining why it is trivia.

Bishop73

My bad.

lionhead

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: 'Emmett' Brown's name is 'time' spelled backwards and pronounced as two syllables, 'em-it'.

Trivia: The script was rejected no less than 44 times before finally being accepted.

Trivia: While Marty is holding the jeep and being pulled on his skateboard, there is sign for used cars, that's a reference to another Robert Zemeckis / Bob Gale film called "Used Cars" - Deborah Harmon had a part in that film and plays the newsreader in this one.

oswal13

Continuity mistake: When Marty chases after Biff on the borrowed 'skateboard', Marty is wearing a dark grey belt and a red/blue print shirt under his red/beige jacket. However, when Marty is hanging on to the front of Biff's car as they turn a corner (and in another shot), Marty (stunt double) is wearing a light brown belt and solid tan shirt. (01:07:00)

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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 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.

Captain Defenestrator
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