Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Back to the Future’!

Let’s Go Back in Time

Back to the Future

Thirty years ago today, on July 3, 1985, the greatest time-traveling movie of all time to my assessment, Back to the Future hit theaters. Starring Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) and Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown), in the film, teenager Marty McFly is sent back in time to 1955, where meets his future parents in high school and accidentally becomes his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, he must find a way to return to 1985. The movie spent 11 weeks at number one. It not only had the fourth-highest opening weekend of 1985, but also became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $383 million worldwide and receiving widespread critical acclaim. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, and the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, as well as receiving three additional Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).

Back to the Future was so huge that it even inspired then-President of the United States Ronald Reagan. He referred to the film in his 1986 State of the Union Address when he said, “Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive, a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement. As they said in the film Back to the Future, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads’. When President Reagan first saw the joke about him being president, he ordered the projectionist of the theater to stop the reel, roll it back, and run it again.


The DeLorean

The DeLorean

Back to the Future was the first film that fascinated me with time travel. It made me wonder would it be possible for humans to travel through time once the technology becomes more advanced. As a young boy, I used to watch Back to the Future religiously on the VCR and was enamored with the DeLorean DMC-12. Back to the Future made time-traveling cool with the DeLorean DMC-12 modified time machine that became a significant character in the film. It was something fresh, unique, and appealing. I felt it was a great idea for them to utilize a car instead of a spacecraft or any weird-looking object. The DeLorean changed the way we look at time travel in the movies. The car became one of the most iconic cars in film with its gull-wing doors and “flux capacitor”. When the car vanished in the film, it would leave twin trails of fire where its wheels had been. That was awesome!


The Legacy

Back to the Future triology

30 years later, Back to the Future continues earning lifelong fans. They are eager to turn back the clock and revisit the 1985 classic. An epic film that never gets old, Back to the Future remind fans how cool it was growing up in the 1980s. It is perhaps the greatest trilogy ever made. On December 27, 2007, Back to the Future was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2006, the Writers Guild of America selected the original screenplay for Back to the Future as the 56th best screenplay of all time. Back to the Future was acknowledged as the 10th best film in the science fiction genre.

Happy 30th Birthday, Back to the Future! And thanks for the iconic memories!

By Shamarie Knight, 3rd Jul 2015


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