Frame of the film Back to the future

The saga Back to the Future It has a double virtue: its films can be seen again and again and unite more than a generation in front of the screen. I did not see the first installment in the cinema, since I was about two years old for its premiere in 1985, but it was one of the favorites to rent in the video club or watch on television with my brothers, especially in the 90s. There was Marty McFly, in Back to the future II, with your flying skateboard or in a really smart house; and the Doc in Back to the future III, with its history of the Old West. For everything that has made us dream, in the 35 years of Back to the Future, we tell you some curiosities that perhaps you did not know about the franchise.

Premiere and multiple rejections

Frame of the film Back to the future

one. Back to the Future premiered on July 3, 1985 in the United States. The science fiction and comedy film was directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, while Steven Spielberg served as producer. The main cast of the film was made up of Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly), Christopher Lloyd (Doc Emmett Brown), Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly), Crispin Glover (George McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen).

two. The script for the film was rejected 40 times before Universal decided to buy it. Disney, for example, argued that it was a movie about incest (in the story, in the past, Marty’s mother kisses him by surprise, a situation that becomes quite uncomfortable for both of them).

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3. Eric Stoltz (Pulp fiction) was considered as the one to play Marty McFly, but by not giving the width for one more role in the field of comedy, the production decided to do without his services. It was also said that there was simply no chemistry between Stoltz and part of the cast.

Four. Finally, the histrion that seemed indicated from the beginning for the role of Marty was chosen: Michael J. Fox, who initially could not embody the character because he was committed to the sitcom. Family Ties, which had seven seasons (from 1982 to 1989).

Frame of the Family Ties series
Cast of the Family Ties series.

5. Ralph Macchio, known for playing Daniel LaRusso in karate Kid, rejected the role of Marty McFly.

6. There was more than one option for the role of Doc (Christopher Lloyd): actors like John Lithgow (The Crown), Dudley Moore (10) and Jeff Goldblum (The fly).

The refrigerator and Reagan

7. Among the multiple drafts of Back to the Future, it was not always necessary that the time machine was a DeLorean car. In fact, one of the first options was a refrigerator.

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Frame of the film Back to the future

8. It was no secret that Ronald Reagan, who ruled the United States between 1981 and 1989, loved the film. In fact, in his 1986 State of the Union speech, Reagan quotes the conclusion of the first film: “Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads. ”

9. The Biff Tannen character was given that name by a Universal executive named Ned Tanen, who had some disagreements with Zemeckis and Bob Gale (the other screenwriter for Back to the Future) during a meeting about the film I wanna hold your hand (1978), which both writers also co-wrote.

10. It was Thomas F. Wilson who ultimately played Tannen, although Tim Robbins (Escape dream) also competed for the role of the villain.

Calvin Klein, Pierre Cardin and cameos

eleven. Marty’s mother, the one from 1955, believes that the name of the one that would be her son is Calvin Klein, since that was how it was written on his underwear. For the French version of Back to the FutureAs the first one was not so well known, a different clothing brand was used: Pierre Cardin.

12. The school judge who thinks Marty and his band sound “too loud” in the first installment of the trilogy is musician Huey Lewis, who contributed two songs for the soundtrack.

13. The now famous actor Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) made his debut in Back to the future II: He is one of the children who tries, unsuccessfully, to play with an arcade machine from the 1980s café. Marty, by contrast, is very experimenting in video games where you have to use your hands.

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The crossover

14. In Back to the future IIMarty is looking at a store that offers products from the ’80s. Among these, there are some Nintendo games, a doll from the movie Who cheated on roger rabbit? (Robert Zemeckis), a 1984 Macintosh, movies from Shark and a handheld vacuum cleaner from that time.

fifteen. The Doc in Back to the future II, wear a colorful shirt with the design of a train. In Back to the future III, uses the garment as a balaclava, when he tries to “steal” the train with Marty.

16. The famous phrase “To be continued” that appears at the end of Back to the Future was not included in theaters. It was added for the release of the video version of the film, after the main cast and screenwriters got engaged for the two subsequent installments of the franchise.

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