Back to the Future
Back to the Future
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Release Date July 3, 1985
Running Time 116 minutes
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Producer(s) Bob Gale

Neil Canton
Steven Spielberg

Written by Robert Zemeckis

Bob Gale

Starring Michael J. Fox

Christopher Lloyd
Lea Thompson
Crispin Glover
Thomas F. Wilson

Music by Alan Silvestri
Edited by Arthur Schmidt

Harry Keramidas

Production Company Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Language English
Country United States
Budget $19 million
Box Office $389–392 million
Sequels Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Related Wikia Futurepedia
Back to the Future is a 1985 comedic action-adventure film and first of the Back to the Future trilogy directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Thomas F. Wilson. The next two films, Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III, were released in 1989 and 1990 respectively.


The character Martin "Marty" McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) is a high school student who is friends with Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) and his dog, Einstein. Doc is a scientist and engineer who creates a time machine out of a DeLorean. Marty has to flee in the machine after Doc is tracked down by the Libyans from which he stole plutonium to power the "flux capacitor" in the machine. This sends him back in time, accidentally changing the past and threatening his existence.

The Time Travelers Edit

Photo Time Traveler Played by
Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, 19852 Marty McFly Michael J. Fox
Doc Brown2 Doc Brown Christopher Lloyd
Einstein (dog)2 Einstein (dog)

Method of Travel Edit


Using a flux capacitor powered by plutonium, Doc Brown's modified DeLorean DMC-12 travels through time once it reaches 88 mph.

Tropes Edit

  • Fixing the past
  • Disappearing hero

 Notable Quotes Edit

"Where we're going, we don't need roads." -- Doc Brown

"Make like a tree and get out of here." -- Biff Tannen

"If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit!" -- Doc Brown

Time Travel TheoriesEdit

Time DiagramEdit

Popular CultureEdit

Trailers Edit

File:Back To The Future (1985) - Teaser trailer
File:Back to the Future (1985) - Home video trailer

File:Back To The Future Trilogy