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Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis topped his breakaway hit Romancing the Stone with this joyous comedy with a dazzling hook: what would it be like to meet your parents in their youth? Billed as a special-effects comedy, the imaginative film (the top box-office smash of 1985) has staying power because of the heart behind Zemeckis and Bob Gale's script. High schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, during the height of his TV success) is catapulted back to the '50s where he sees his parents in their teens, and accidentally changes the history of how Mom and Dad met. Filled with the humorous ideology of the '50s, filtered through the knowledge of the '80s (actor Ronald Reagan is president, ha!), the film comes off as a Twilight Zone episode written by Preston Sturges. Filled with memorable effects and two wonderfully off-key, perfectly cast performances: Christopher Lloyd as the crazy scientist who builds the time machine (a DeLorean luxury car) and Crispin Glover as Marty's geeky dad. Followed by two sequels. --Doug Thomas
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review by . May 15, 2009
Back to the Future is the film that launched Michael J. Fox's career into the stratosphere. This film not only made him into an eighties superstar but it also made Back to the Future a part of Americana and a slight fixture upon Hollywood for a few years there after. This film was so successful that it was made into a trilogy.     The film follows a high school student Marty Mc Fly (Michael J. Fox) who's not pleased with the way his life has been going. He always feels that there's …
review by . May 15, 2009
Here we are, it's 1985 and we're being introduced to Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his inventor friend Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) not sure how these two became friends, but there you go. Anyway, Dr. Brown is famous (rather infamous) for his crackpot ideas - The auto dog feeder, clocks that are exactly twenty five minutes slow, and so on... Until he invents the flux capacitor - it's what makes time travel possible. So, after making a deal with some terrorists to acquire plutonium, we …
review by . May 13, 2009
This movie was made in the mid 1980's and is still just as fresh today as when it was first released. My young children who weren't even born till more than 10 years after this movie came out, like to watch it over and over again. Last year we were in Universal Studios Orlando and they were so excited to see the Delorian on display outside the Back to the Future Ride. And everyone seems to remember the flux capacitor! Christopher Llloyd and Michael J. Fox give the performances of their career. A …
review by . April 24, 2007
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Even though Robert Zemeckis was a filmmaker that Steven Spielberg liked and wanted to succeed, in the early 1980s, Zemeckis was on the verge of watching his film directing career come to a crashing end. Zemeckis had several films under his belt, but all of them had been flops at the box office and had received mostly negative critical reviews. In the early 1980s Zemeckis was probably best known as one of the co-writers of 1941, the only critically-panned film of Spielberg's early film career. Things …
review by . November 12, 2003
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This movie was made in the mid 1980's and is still just as fresh today as when it was first released. My young children who weren't even born till more than 10 years after this movie came out, like to watch it over and over again. Last year we were in Universal Studios Orlando and they were so excited to see the Delorian on display outside the Back to the Future Ride. And everyone seems to remember the flux capacitor!Christopher Llloyd and Michael J. Fox give the performances of their career. A …
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