Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is Back to the Future


Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

Nothing says 80s like a movie with a Huey Lewis and the News soundtrack and Michael J. Fox. This movie had everything: time travel, a mad scientist, action, comedy, and of course...rock n' roll.

You can't even look at a Delorian and NOT think about Back to the Future.

The script was written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, but was rejected all over the place until Zemeckis hit pay dirt with Romancing the Stone. He caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, the movie was a go. Interestingly, Eric Stoltz and C. Thomas Howell were also cast to play the main character - Marty McFly. 

Now, I love Eric Stoltz, but the dude is just too serious for Marty.

Michael J. Fox was busy doing Family Ties, and the show wouldn't let him work on the movie. But after some delays, Fox was able to do the role he was born to do. Zemeckis said that Fox's personality was identical to Marty McFly's...and it shows on the big screen.

It's a fun plot: Marty McFly is a high school kid that happens to be best friends with a mad scientist who builds a time machine. Marty goes back in time to when his parents meet, and has to try to get them together. There's even a little Oedipus Rex in the storyline when Marty's mom "has the hots" for him. Yuck.

Back to the Future was released in 1985, and was the biggest movie of the year, taking in nearly $400 million. 

According to the American Film Institute, Back to the Future is the 10th best science fiction film of all time.

32 comments:

Tony Laplume said...

It was an instant classic. Funny that a story about time travel is in act timeless.

Cynthia said...

Great movie....it's one of my husband's favorites, actually.

mooderino said...

Loved this movie, shame about the sequels though.

mood
Moody Writing

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stoltz couldn't have pulled it off. Great in Mask, but not for this role.
And heck, you can't even find a Delorian now!

Miranda Hardy said...

Loved Back to the Future. My kids still watch it today.

Nick Wilford said...

This might be my all time fave!

Laura Eno said...

Back to the Future - a great movie!
I still love Huey Lewis and the News too.

Melanie Schulz said...

It's a classic. My kids love it as much as I do.

Eve said...

Great pick! Back to the Future is still one of my favourites...I don't think the 'sequels' were necessarily that. To me it seems like it was supposed to be a six hour long movie that was divided into three parts..if that makes any sense! Anyways, loved it..and the eighties! I still listen to MJ, Whitney and all the great one hit wonders...remember Dexy's Midnight Runners? Or Soft Cell? Robert Palmer? and of course Huey Lewis!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Michael J. Fox in those days was quite easy on the eyes too. I'm sure that had a lot to do with the financial success of the film. Girls and gay men went to see these films in droves.

The Desert Rocks said...

I think I saw it like 5 times when it first came out and now I hardly remember it. Thanks for the memories!

The Desert Rocks said...

I think I saw it like 5 times when it first came out and now I hardly remember it. Thanks for the memories!

kmckendry said...

I loved Back to the Future and Michael J. Fox too! :)

Joshua said...

Still one of my Top Five favorite series.

Cindy said...

I loved this movie, and it's funny too.

baygirl32 said...

Love back to the future! great choice

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elizabethwatgibson said...

Don't you just love the name Marty McFly? It was such a fun movie. And Calvin Klein! Remember that? Great choice!

Elizabeth Wat Gibson said...

Don't you just love the name Marty McFly? It was such a fun movie. And Calvin Klein! Remember that? Great choice!

speedingturtlegetsfit.com said...

Gosh I even remember going to the cinema a triple feature once all three Back to the Future movies came out!

speedingturtlegetsfit.com said...

Gosh I even remember going to the cinema a triple feature once all three Back to the Future movies came out!

Christine Rains said...

A classic! I've seen this movie so many times over the years and it never gets old.

Jay Noel said...

Now I have Huey Lewis in my head.

MaryAnn Pope said...

I love Back to the Future. It is a classic, and I can't imagine anyone but Micheal J. Fox as Marty Mcfly.

Dana Martin said...

Yessssssssssssss!!!! This is the perfect B. I can't think of any better for the 80s.

P.S. I am secretly hoping that T is Top Gun. :)

Dana
Waiter, drink please!

Riann Colton said...

There's something so timeless and memorable about this movie.

Jeff Laws said...

My kids came back from their mom's telling me about Back to the Future.

"Have you seen it, Dad?"

Yeah, maybe a few times.

Samantha May said...

Yes! An 80's reference I understand!!

Great, great movie :)

Rusty Webb said...

One of the best movies of the decade. And that's saying a lot because I love a ton of them.

Jay Noel said...

My kids need to see it.

Pk Hrezo said...

I think the best part was just having a teen hang out with his teen parents. Classic. There was a delorean driving around our neighborhood the other day and of course I asked to see his flux capacitor. Speaking of which, I got a flux capcitor pin from Mega Con in Orlando a few weeks ago and I love it. The delorean was there all souped up and lots of fun. My 8 and 6 year old saw all 3 movies last year and enjoyed them--explaining time travel was a bit of a challenge but fun.
And I'm actually working on my own T.T. story right now. Wow what a mess it is. ;)

Deniz Bevan said...

Love this movie! They repeat it a lot on tv, luckily, because I never get tired of watching it!

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