Back to the Future

  • PG
  • Robert Zemeckis (1985)
  • US
  • 111 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This irresistible combination of dazzling effects and sly comedy propelled Michael J Fox to stardom and Robert Zemeckis to the front rank of Hollywood directors. And time has not robbed it of any of its vitality. Fox plays the young student who travels back in time to the 1950s and acts as matchmaker for his future parents, who are showing no sign of falling in love. It's beautifully played by the cast (honourable mentions to Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover), and makes the most of an ingenious script from Bob Gale and Zemeckis that finds time to poke fun at 50s icons and lifestyles between the bouts of time-travelling. Zemeckis's direction is equally adroit and he never lets the effects swamp the film.

Plot Summary

Time-travel comedy adventure starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. High-school student Marty McFly thinks his future is ahead of him, until the day he tries out Dr Emmett Brown's modified DeLorean car and travels back in time. Stranded in 1955, Marty meets his parents and unwittingly changes their destiny. Can he put things right and return to the future before it's too late?

Cast and crew


Marty McFly
Michael J Fox
Dr Emmett Brown
Christopher Lloyd
Lorraine Baines
Lea Thompson
George McFly
Crispin Glover
Biff Tannen
Thomas F Wilson
Jennifer Parker
Claudia Wells
Dave McFly
Marc McClure
Linda McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber
Sam Baines
George DiCenzo
Mr Strickland
James Tolkan
Audition judge
Huey Lewis
3-D, Biff's gang
Casey Siemaszko
Match, Biff's gang
Billy Zane


Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
May be edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Oct 2010
Certificate PG