The legend that is Michael J Fox turned 50 this month and we couldn’t let his birthday pass without paying a little tribute to the role that made him a bona fide movie star!
Although we are of course big fans of his characters in the likes of Teen Wolf, Doc Hollywood, The Hard Way and The Frighteners – it was his winning performance as Marty Mc Fly that really put him on the map. Easily one of the best movie trilogies of all time, Back To The Future follows the adventures of Marty and the eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmett Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) as they use their modified Delorean to travel back in time to different periods of the history of Hill Valley, California. The first film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films which were filmed back to back and released in 1989 and 1990. Though the two sequels did not perform quite as well at the box office as the first film, the trilogy remains insanely popular even now so we couldn’t resist taking a little trip in our mental time machines to relive what is in our opinion, the best bits from this awesome franchise!
Check them out below…….
1. 1.21 Gigawatts
Or to be more precise, what the Flux Capacitor needs in order to make time travel possible!
2. The Delorean
The legendary Delorean was Doctor Brown’s most successful invention, a plutonium powered time machine comprising of a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car that had to reach 88 miles per hour in order to travel through time! Built by the DeLorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland, it was the only model ever produced by the company and although around 9,000 DMC12s were made before production stopped in late 1982, today, only about 6,500 DeLorean Motor Cars are believed to still exist! Instead of being primed and painted, it’s plated with stainless steel and who can forget those distinctive gullwing doors? As the doc himself said, “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine out of a car, why not do it with some style!”
3. Hoverboard scene
The hoverboard was a special effect from Back to the Future II that immediately replaced the flying car as the flagship dream of hyper-advanced technology. The perfect storm of nerd-child fantasies, it had all the appeal of futuristic tech, the dream of pure flight and the raw aesthetic lust of all the best toys. Sadly – even more than 20 years on, no-one has invented the real thing but when they do, we’ll be first in the queue!
One of the signature moments of BTTF is when Marty brings the house down with Johnny B Goode! Dubbed over by Mark Campbell, he sings it at ‘The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance‘ when he travels back to 1955 (three years before the song’s actual release). McFly, who subs in for the lead guitarist after he was injured, plays the song on stage and while that’s going on, the lead singer, Marvin Berry, calls his cousin Chuck about a “new sound he has been looking for,” suggesting that in the new timeline, Chuck Berry got the idea for the song from Marty’s cover of him from the old timeline. Confused yet?
5. Roads…where we’re going we don’t need roads.
One of Doc Browns many classic lines, this quote from the final scene of the first movie is a definite fave! Marty McFly tells Doc Brown that they don’t have enough street to get up to 88 miles per hour and Doc looks over at Marty and explains that “Where we’re going… We don’t need roads…” The perfect end to a perfect movie we reckon.
So what do you think? Let us know if you think there are any others we might have missed, and what your favourites are!
Plus, if like us you’ve enjoyed reliving all the best bits then why not show your love for the classic BTTF with one of our Back To The Future T-Shirts, Gifts and Accessories. We’ve got a loads of different designs available for guys and gals featuring the likes of the legendary Delorean Time Machine, the Flux Capacitor, The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance print (the dance in which Marty Mcfly’s parents George Mcfly and Lorraine Baines fell in love and had their first kiss) and Biff and Co. Enterprises (a reference to Biff Tannen’s company that he formed with the money he won by gambling with the help of a Grays Sports Almanac from 2015.) You can even enjoy a nice cup of tea and reminisce with a super-cool retro ‘Back To The Future’ mug!
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