Back to the Future


Release date: July 3, 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Budget: $19 million

Box office: $381.1 million

A young man travels 30 years into the past and must find his way back home.

One of the most well-known science fiction and time travel films there is, Back to the Future is quite an enjoyable film. Its use of jokes and tropes central to its time travel plot do well in demonstrating how the ripple effect means changing the past affects the future even in the smallest of details. As such, it’s an incredibly tight film where nothing exists just to exist and how everything happening foreshadows and sets up later events. Whether it’s a flyer Marty is given early in the film or its what seems like filler conversation, it all matters and comes together for a fascinating adventure through time.

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The plot itself is also fun to watch as Marty accidentally finds himself going back three decades thanks to pure desperation. What follows is not only an entertaining tale where he has to navigate a past he doesn’t belong in, but a thrilling quest to ensure events he knows happened in the past actually occur along with finding his way back to his own time. Further, it mixes those humorous and suspenseful moments quite well, even going so far as to have there be humor during those tense moments that land perfectly. It all comes back to it being a well-crafted film.

As for characters, George McFly happens to get some great character development, starting off the film as a timid adult who is taken advantage of by his supervisor. Once Marty travels back in time, he finds the same character to have the same personality, only with overt interests manifesting themselves in George’s enjoyment of science fiction. However, it only takes a small push to help George truly find himself and overcome his insecurities. Not long afterwards, the film show’s his character development is going to be permanent and has ended up resulting in events materializing for the right reasons.

This is a fantastic film. It’s definitely worthy of numerous rewatches which can bring about a good time every time.



Academy Awards

  • Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film

  • Best Actor (Michael J. Fox)

  • Best Special Effects

Awards of the Japanese Academy

  • Best Foreign Language Film

David di Donatello Awards

  • Best Foreign Producer

  • Best Foreign Screenplay

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • AOL Movies DVD Premiere Award - Best Special Edition of the Year - Classic Movie (For the Trilogy.)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD/Blu-Ray of the Year (“Trilogy”)

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best New Release or Re-Release of an Existing Score

Jupiter Awards

  • Best International Actor (Michael J. Fox)

  • Best International Film

National Board of Review, USA Awards

  • Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board, USA

  • National Film Registry

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • OFTA Film Hall of Fame - Motion Picture

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Motion Picture

Venice Film Festival

  • Young Venice Award - Special Mention

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Family Motion Picture - Adventure


Academy Awards

  • Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  • Best Sound

  • Best Music, Original Song (For the song “The Power of Love”)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best DVD Collection (As part of the collection “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy.”)

  • Best DVD Classic Film Release

  • Best Supporting Actor (Crispin Glover)

  • Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Lloyd)

  • Best Supporting Actress (Lea Thompson)

  • Best Director

  • Best Music

  • Best Costumes

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Editing

  • Best Film

  • Best Screenplay - Original

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Special Visual Effects

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios Awards

  • Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • DVD Premiere Award - Original Retrospective Documentary, Library Release (For Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy (2002, parts 1, 2, and 3. For the Trilogy)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

  • Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

  • Best Original Song - Motion Picture (Song: “The Power of Love”)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD of the Year (‘Back to the Future Trilogy’)

Grammy Awards

  • Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special

Writers Guild of America, USA Awards

  • Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen