Celebrating Back To The Future‘s 25th Anniversary
The classic Back To The Future film trilogy (part one in 1985 and parts two and three in 1989 and 1990) evokes some of the best memories of my childhood. My sister, cousins and I watched the movies religiously (especially one and two; the last one took a while to grow on us), wearing out the VHS tapes on which we recorded them. In our imaginative minds, nothing compared to the adventures of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as they used a modified DeLorean to time travel to different periods in the history of their town of Hill Valley, California.
Director Robert Zemeckis and writer/producer Bob Gale pushed the script to various studios for over four years—it was initially viewed as “too soft” in an era where teen movies were sexually risqué (Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Porky’s). They eventually pitched the idea to Steven Spielberg, who came aboard and made the movie with Universal Pictures on a $19 million budget. After numerous plot and character changes (Michael J. Fox almost didn’t make it due to his commitment to TV show Family Ties), Back To The Future debuted on July 3, 1985. It became the highest-grossing film that year, with over $380 million made at the box office worldwide.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Back To The Future and the digitally-remastered movie is being celebrated with screenings across the U.S. at AMC Theaters at 7pm tonight. Guests receive a full-sized poster commemorating the film and each theater has special giveaways as a part of the experience. The Blu-ray edition of the entire trilogy will be released tomorrow, October 26, 2010; twenty-five years to the day from the date of the fictional events from the first film.
Watch the fun trailer for tonight’s screening: