Back to the Future

Back to the Future
Directed byRobert Zemeckis
Produced byBob Gale
Neil Canton
Johnny Colla (uncredited)
Written byRobert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
StarringMichael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Lea Thompson
Crispin Glover
Thomas F. Wilson
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Arthur Schmidt
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
July 3, 1985 (USA)
Running time
116 minutes
CountryUnited States

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction teen comedy adventure movie. It stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Crispin Glover. The movie was produced by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The movie is part of the Back to the Future trilogy of three movies telling the entire story.

Release Dates

Country Premiere
23x15px United States 3 July 1985
23x15px Greece 5 August 1985
23x15px Australia 15 August 1985
Template:FRG 3 October 1985
23x15px Italy 18 October 1985
23x15px Taiwan 25 October 1985
23x15px France 30 October 1985
23x15px Spain 2 December 1985
23x15px United Kingdom 4 December 1985
23x15px Japan 7 December 1985
23x15px Iceland 12 December 1985
23x15px Netherlands 12 December 1985
23x15px Denmark 13 December 1985
23x15px Hong Kong 14 December 1985
23x15px Sweden 18 December 1985
23x15px Norway 19 December 1985
23x15px Finland 20 December 1985
Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Ireland Ireland 20 December 1985
23x15px Brazil 25 December 1985
23x15px Uruguay 25 December 1985
23x15px Argentina 26 December 1985
23x15px Colombia 10 July 1986
23x15px Portugal 19 December 1986
23x15px Turkey February 1987
23x15px South Korea 17 July 1987
23x15px Hungary 15 October 1987
23x15px Czechoslovakia 20 February 1992


In 1985, Doc Emmett Brown shows teenage Marty his new creation: a car which can travel through time. The heart of the time machine is "the flux capacitor," invented by Dr. Brown. The time machine needs plutonium to provide the power for the flux capacitor. Marty uses the car to escape from Libyan terrorists and accidentally goes back to the year 1955. Marty seeks out and meets Dr. Brown in 1955. The time machine is out of plutonium, and there is no plutonium available for the time machine in 1955. By chance, Marty knows the time and place of a one-time natural event (lightning strike) that can provide the power to transport the time machine and Marty back to 1985.

The situation in 1955 is complicated when Marty meets his own parents as teenagers. When he helps his father, he accidentally changes the events that lead to his parents becoming a couple. Marty's teenage mother becomes interested in Marty instead of Marty's father, George. With the help of the Doc of 1955, Marty tries to undo the damage he has done, and make his mother fall in love with his father. If he can get his parents back together, he has very little time to get back to the car to use the lightning strike to take the time machine and him (Marty) back to the future (i.e. 1985).


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