Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Plot: Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future.
During production, a Universal executive sent a serious memo to producers saying he thought the film’s name was confusing (how does one go back to the future?) and offered a suggestion of his own: Spaceman From Pluto. Steven Spielberg responded, farcically thanking the executive for his joke and saying the entire crew got a kick out of it.
As any fan knows, Eric Stoltz (the guy who plunged the adrenaline into Uma Thurman’s heart in Pulp Fiction) was the original Marty McFly but was fired for being too dark and brooding in what was supposed to be a more comedic role.
Michael J. Fox, who couldn’t make the film initially because of conflicts with his sitcom Family Ties. But the show had to change its schedule when Meredith Baxter (Elyse from Family Ties) giving birth to twins in real life and Fox jumped.
Ronald Reagan loved the film, especially when 1955 Doc was in disbelief that Reagan was the president in Marty’s 1985. “The actor? Who’s the vice president? Jerry Lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman’s [Reagans’ first wife] is first lady!” He evidently laughed so hard that the projectionist had to rewind the film because Reagan wanted to see it again.
When Marty returned to 1985 at the end of the original, he encountered a bum sleeping on sidewalk. “Red, you look great,” Marty said, just in general, happy to be back to his normal time. That Red was Mayor Red Thomas from 1955, whose campaign car Marty saw earlier in the movie and used it to tell busboy Goldie Wilson that he’d one day be mayor.
Writer/Producer Bob Gale had the idea for the film after finding his father's yearbook in the basement, seeing that he was somewhat of a nerd and wondering if they would have been friends if they'd been at school together.
One of Biff's goons is a pre-fame Billy Zane in his first screen role.
Claudia Wells only plays Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer, in the first film and not the sequels because her mother became ill and she elected to spend time with her. Elisabeth Shue took over the role for the second and third movies.
Ralph Macchio turned down the role of Marty McFly.
The person with a hat that will run the truck at which Marty McFly grabs to get to school, is actually a cameo of director Steven Spielberg.
The parking lot where Marty McFly and Doc Delorean test the first time, has the name “Twin Pines Mall.” But when Marty travels back, tumbling down from the farm of Mr. Peabody a pine, returning to 1985, You can see how that affection hisoria as the pine along with the demolition that was left standing was the reason why he was given the name to the mall, now just “Lone Pine Mall”.