Back To The Future (1985)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1985Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Bob Gale.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

This first instalment in the popular science-fiction trilogy is still by far the best of the bunch, and one of the most delightful time-travel movies ever made. plays a teenager who is taken back in time by a kooky scientist () to the 1950s. When he gets there, he meets a teenaged version of his mother () who accidentally falls in love with him, and then by sheer mishap he prevents his father from meeting his mother, thus negating his own existence.

What he must do to ensure his own birth and then travel back to the present is a whirlwind adventure that isn’t dull for a second. Lloyd is terrific as the loopy experimenter, and Robert Zemeckis’s script (co-written with Bob Gale) is one of the year’s best.

Academy Award:  Best Sound Effects Editing
Nominations: Best Original Screenplay; Best Sound; Best Original Song (“The Power of Love”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Michael J. Fox); Best Screenplay; Best Original Song (“The Power of Love”)


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