Back to the Future

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Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is a rousing time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.

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In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Lloyd
Dr. Emmett Brown
Crispin Glover
George McFly
Lea Thompson
Lorraine Baines McFly
Marc McClure
Dave McFly
Claudia Wells
Jennifer Parker
Tom Wilson
Biff Tannen
James Tolkan
Mr. Strickland
Kathleen Kennedy
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Frank Marshall
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Steven Spielberg
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Bob Gale
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Chris Hayes
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Alan Silvestri
Original Music
Johnny Colla
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Dean Cundey
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Critic Reviews for Back to the Future

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  • "Back to the Future" is the best comic-strip movie I've seen this year. It's well-made, lighthearted and is exactly the right length to give you excitement and laughs and a few surprises, and then it's over, leaving you feeling good.

    June 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

    Newsday
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  • Zemeckis and Gale have cannily chosen the time periods, which are funny as much for their similarities (political and materalistic) as their contrasts (music, fashions, language).

    October 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Though it is hardly one of the greater flights of cinematic imagination to be seen since science fantasy reared its head as mass appeal material again, it would be virtually impossible not to enjoy it in some way or another.

    October 21, 2015 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
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  • Every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.

    October 20, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.

    July 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Zemeckis and Gale have given the movie a core of feeling that makes real claims on us. For all its comedy, Back to the Future is about a kid coming to terms with his parents' inadequacies, a moment familiar to everyone, and the fulcrum in growing up.

    June 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Back to the Future

  • Feb 02, 2020
    Very hilarious, with special effects that still hold today and memorable characters (especially Michael J. Fox and Christopher Llyod), great storylines (though predictable and mean-spirited at times), this is an absolute awesome science-fiction comedy!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    A summer blockbuster popcorn adventure not to be missed. This movie is a classic. Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean and has to ensure his parents still meet so he can eventually be born. This movie is great. So happy that Marty was recast and given to Michael J. Fox. Words really don't do this film justice, you just need to see it. Great adventure with perfect blend of comedy and excitement. Will be interesting to see how this current generation reacts to this film as the 80s seem so long go for them.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2016
    Back to the Future is one of the best films of the 80s and all-time! Featuring iconic lines, creativity, thrills and fun! 1.21 Gigawatts!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2015
    "Back To The Future" is an entertaining Action/Sci-Fi/Comedy movie. "Back To The Future" has great acting mostly from "Michael J. Fox" and "Christopher Lloyd". "Back To The Future" has an amazing plot and script. Every minute of "Back To The Future" is exciting, not one scene is dull or boring. "Back To The Future" has pretty good music to go with the scenes. I would recommend you watch "Back To The Future" if you like funny Action/Sci-Fi's. And I give it a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer

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