True Trivia Fact! Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal Pictures, requested many changes to be made throughout the movie. Most of these he got, such as having “Professor Brown” changed to “Doc Brown” and his chimp Shemp changed to a dog named Einstein. Marty’s mother’s name had previously been Meg and then Eileen, but Sheinberg insisted that she be named Lorraine after his wife Lorraine Gary.
The dialogue where Lorraine says that when she grows up she’ll let her kids do anything they want was cut. That dialogue is re-inserted in Back to the Future Part II (1989) when the second Marty creeps past the car the first Marty and 1955 Lorraine are in. Lorraine states she’ll let her kids do anything, Marty replies, “I’d like to have that in writing.”
George McFly: Lorraine. My density has brought me to you.
Lorraine Baines: What?
George McFly: Oh. What I meant to say was…
Lorraine Baines: Wait a minute. Don’t I know you from somewhere?
George McFly: Yes. Yes. I’m George. George McFly. I’m your density. I mean, your destiny.
The future has arrived! Be prepared! In the entire Back To The Future trilogy, the “present” date is October 26, 1985 (2015 is the future, 1885 and 1955 are the past). The Saloon in 1885 Hill Valley is in the same location as Lou’s Cafe in 1955, the Gym in 1985, and the Cafe 80’s in 2015.
Inspiration for the movie? The inspiration for the film largely stems from Bob Gale discovering his father’s high school yearbook and wondering whether he would have been friends with his father as a teenager. Gale also said that if he had the chance to go back in time he would really go back and see if they would have been friends.
The Screen Actors Guild can’t have two people with the same name on their books. So Michael J. Fox inserted the letter J in his name to differentiate himself from an actor called Michael Fox. In Back to the Future (1985), Marty goes back to the year 1955. His dad is a huge fan of the show Science Fiction Theatre, something Marty uses to his advantage. The original Michael Fox starred in the real Science Fiction Theatre in the year 1955.
Micheal J. Fox was born on 1961, making him 24 by the year Back to the Future was released (1985). In the December 7, 1998 issue of People magazine he revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. But he never quit acting and still stars on the screen, recently in The Good Wife as Louis Canning.
Marty McFly: Whoa. Wait a minute, Doc. Are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?
Dr. Emmett Brown: Precisely.
Marty McFly: Whoa. This is heavy.
Dr. Emmett Brown: There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?
Trivia Fact! Doc Brown’s distinctive hunched-over look developed when the filmmakers realized the extreme difference in height between Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox; Fox is 5′ 4½” while Lloyd is 6′ 1″. To compensate for the height difference, director Robert Zemeckis used specific blocking where the two often stood far apart at different camera depths. For close ups, Lloyd would have to hunch over to appear in frame with Fox. The same approach was used in the two sequels.
True Story! Christopher Lloyd based his performance as Doc Brown on a combination of physicist Albert Einstein and conductor Leopold Stokowski. Brown’s pronunciation of gigawatts as “jigowatts”, is based on the way a physicist whom Zemeckis and Gale met with for research said the word.
[Marty and Doc observe George’s incompetence in 1955]
Dr. Emmett Brown: Which one’s your pop?
Marty McFly: [points him out] That’s him.
[they see him getting kicked around by other school bullies]
George McFly: [has a “kick me” sign on his back] Okay. Okay, you guys. Ah-ha-ha-ha. Very funny. You guys are being real mature.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Maybe you were adopted.
Steven Spielberg gives a nod to Stanley Kubrick in the first few minutes of the film. When Marty is first over at Doc’s house looking for him and doesn’t find him, he hooks up his guitar to Doc’s electrical equipment. The first dial he turns up is labeled CRM 114, which Kubrick used as a reference throughout many of his films.
Marty’s guitars used throughout the movie: – Erlewine Chiquita (“big amp” sequence) – Ibanez black Roadstar II (scenes of Marty’s band performing in the 80s) – Gibson 1963 ES-345TD (Marty performing at the dance). Musician Mark Campbell did all of Michael J. Fox’s singing. He’s credited as “Marty McFly”.
Marty McFly mimics famous rock stars during the later part of his performance at the school dance, when he starts playing heavy metal. His kicking of speakers (The Who), playing the guitar while lying down (Angus Young of AC/DC), hopping across the stage with one leg kicked up (Chuck Berry) and his solo (Jimi Hendrix/Edward Van Halen).
Already used it once, but this quote is a must here… Marty McFly: I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.
The special effects were amazing, right? Well, it took a lot of work. For example, it took three hours in make-up to turn the 23-year-old Lea Thompson into the 47-year-old Lorraine.
And nevertheless, from the day the film wrapped to the day it was released was a mere nine and a half weeks, an unprecedentedly short lead time for a major movie release.
Oh, so many people just believed the effects. They seemed real. According to Bob Gale, on October 26th, 1985, a group of people showed up at the mall used to film the Twin Pines Mall location to see if Marty would arrive in the DeLorean. He, of course, did not.
Quote by Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.
Renowned scientist Carl Sagan considered Back to the Future part 2 as the greatest time travel movie ever made. He praised the accuracy in handling the multiple time lines as what would really happen if time travel were possible. In Back to the Future: The Game, Carl Sagan is the alias used by Doc Brown when visiting Hill Valley in 1931.
Why did we have to wait for so long? The production of Part 2 was delayed for three years because Robert Zemeckis was busy making Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Lord of the Rings? Back to the Future part 2 hosted the first film appearance by Elijah Wood. He plays one of the two video game boys that Marty speaks to in the diner near the start of the film.
Doc: The time-traveling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women!
We had to wait until 1990 to finally get the final part of the Back to the Future trilogy. And it was worth the wait, especially for fans who noticed all the little things. For example, this is the only film in the trilogy where Marty and Doc Brown exchange catchphrases. Marty says “Great Scott!” and Doc Brown replies “Yeah, this is heavy” while talking about the tombstone photo.
Part 3 was filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part II (1989). I had to check to make sure that this story is true… In the five years since Back to the Future (1985) was made, Michael J. Fox had forgotten how to ride a skateboard. By the way, he had also lost his father and gained a son.
The 1885 time setting was partly due to a suggestion by Michael J. Fox, who had commented to producers how he always thought it would be fun to act in a Western.
Jennifer Parker: Dr. Brown, I brought this note back from the future and – now it’s erased.
Doc: Of course it’s erased!
Jennifer Parker: But what does that mean?
Doc: It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.
Marty McFly: [Marty wraps his arm around Jennifer] We will, Doc.
We all remember the weird futuristic clothes of the youngsters of the future. And no, now that 2015 is here, we know that fashion didn’t go that way.
But did you remember the fabulous pinkish dress of Lorraine Baines? This is the true fashion of the past of Back to the Future. For many girls and young women, this was true inspiration for retro style fashion. For many boys and young men, these photos were the stuff dreams were made of.
In case you’ve wondered, the beautiful actress was Lea Thompson. Michael J. Fox was only ten days younger than Lea Thompson who played his mother. This is not very surprising, since most of their scenes take place in 1955. They were cast to match their younger self’s ages.
Another trivia fact? The donning of a Burger King uniform by Marty’s brother, Dave, may have been a tribute to Lea Thompson’s early acting gigs as a Burger King spokesperson.
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