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Back to the Future (1985) ft. Alexander Doffek and Thomas and Eva Baches

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Guests: Alexander Doffek, Thomas and Eva Baches

Plot Summary: In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Original Song (Power of Love), and Sound Mixing; Won for Best Sound Effects; AFI's 10th Best Sci-Fi Movie; National Film Registry (2007)

What is this movie is about?: Fun, popcorn adventure movie about a time-traveling teenager.

Best Performance: Michael J. Fox (Marty)/Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown)

Best Minor Performance: Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown)/Crispin Glover (George McFly)

Most Charismatic Award: Lea Thompson (Lorraine)/Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown)

Best Scene: Inventing skateboarding, inventing Rock n' Roll, George knocking out Biff, the clocktower sequence, Doc Brown is alive, why are you calling me Calvin?, 88 mph, Lorraine kisses Marty

Favorite Scene: Why are you calling me Calvin?

Most Indelible Moment: Johnny B. Goode/the DeLorean

Best Line:

Marty McFly: Hey, Doc. You’d better back up, we don’t have enough road to get up to 88. 

Dr. Emmett Brown: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Honorable Mention:

Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. – Doc Brown

Funniest Line:

Marty McFly: Calvin? Wh… Why do you keep calling me Calvin?                                Lorraine Baines: Well, that is your name, isn’t it? Calvin Klein? It’s written all over your underwear.

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9.75

Impact/Significance: 9.17

Novelty: 8

Classic-ness: 7.5

Rewatchability: 9.625

Audience Score: 9.4

Total: 53.45

Remaining Questions:

  • Why do the Libyans need to kill Doc Brown?

  • What does George McFly's company do? What is his job?

  • Why the hell does Biff suddenly get the urge to essentially assault/rape Lorraine?

  • Why wouldn't George and Lorraine remember Marty in the future?

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