Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Robert Zemeckis (1985)

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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.


Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love - and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother's heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

Cast & 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
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Oct 2010
Drama Comedy