Back to the Future in popular culture

Back to the Future in popular culture

The "Back to the Future trilogy" is a comedic science fiction film trilogy written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, directed by Zemeckis, and distributed by Universal Pictures. The plot follows the adventures of high-school student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as they use a modified De Lorean automobile to time travel to different periods in the history of Hill Valley, California.

The first film was the highest grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to two sequels which were filmed back-to-back and released in 1989 and 1990 respectively. The trilogy is widely noted for its irreverent comedy, eccentric characters and ability to incorporate complex theories of time-travel without confusing the audience.Fact|date=January 2008 Though the two sequels did not perform quite as well at the box office as the first film, the trilogy remains immensely popular and has yielded such spin-offs as an and a at the Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando, Florida (now closed); Universal City, California (closed on September 3, 2007), and Osaka, Japan.

References in other media

Back to the Future: Part I

* A "Simpsons" episode titled "Bart to the Future" has an Indian sachem showing what Bart's future may look like 30 years from now. The bully Nelson is a nightclub owner with a dark suit, turtleneck, and better styled hair than he had as a child. The future Nelson's appearance and business ownership was a nod to the powerful Biff of 1985A.
* In the "Family Guy" episode "Meet the Quagmires," Peter goes back in time and ends up not marrying Lois. In the altered timeline, Brian draws a time-line similar to Doc Brown's and adds, among the things different, "for some reason, we now have a chalkboard in the living room."
* The plot of "" centered around the antagonist, Lady Tremaine, finding out about Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and stealing the magic wand so that she can change the timeline to her own gain, similar to what Biff does. In an article about Disney sequels written for the "Progressive Boink" website, staff member Mike Fireball noted the similarity by jokingly referring to the film as "Alternate 1985 Cinderella".
* The 2007 movie "Knocked Up" in the scene where Ben, Alison, Pete and Debbie are having dinner at a restaurant and Ben and Pete are joking about their future by Ben saying "Where we're going we don't need roads.", followed by Pete's "I'm gonna throw you in my DeLorean and gun it to 88," much to the chagrin of the annoyed and confused women. There are also some references to Doc Brown.
* At the end of the "Kappa Mikey" episode "Easy Come, Easy Gonard", the Lilymu sequence shows Mikey being thrown off a roof by Gonard, but a split second later, Mikey is shown standing on the Lilymu team jet while it is elevating him back to the top, which is a spoof of a scene from the movie.
* "Phil of the Future" features a family who is from 2121. The series finale is called "Back to the Future-Not the Movie."
* In an episode of "Stargate Atlantis", Major Shepherd suggests you would need a "really nice De Lorean" to travel through time.
* Busted's song "Year 3000" clearly mentions the flux capacitor and "a time machine like the one in a film I've seen".
* British band Mcfly, named themselves after lead character Marty McFly.
* In the Disney Channel Original Movie "Minutemen", Virgil, Charlie, and Zeke need to get permission to access room 77 in order to build their time machine. They get permission by having a club at their high school called, "Back to the Future Fan Club."
* In "Garfield and Friends", the U.S. Acres episode "Quack to the Future" is a spoof of "Back to the Future".
* In the 2007 Doctor Who episode The Shakespeare Code, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) uses Back to the Future to explain how time can be changed to his companion martha Jones.

Back to the Future: Part II

* In the 2007 "Doctor Who" episode "Blink", minutes after the disappearance of character Cathy Nightingale, her grandson delivers a letter to Sally Sparrow, a letter entrusted to him 20 years previously, explaining Cathy's disappearance to the year 1920 and her subsequent life, despite having only left Sally moments earlier. This clearly echoes the scene in "Back to the Future Part II", when Marty receives a letter written in 1885 just moments after Doc's departure (see Plot Synopsis) and the lines of the respective characters are almost identical in places.
* In the background of one of the mall scenes in the episode "A Fishful of Dollars" of the television series Futurama, a self-adjusting jacket can be seen on sale.
* Hoverboards, flying cars and powered shoe laces have come into the English language lexicon of the modern world, even if they have yet to be invented.

Back to the Future: Part III

*In an episode of "" when the family travels back in time to the old west, when main character and father Wayne Szalinski is asked his name by the town's inhabitants, he says it's John Wayne. When his wife gives him a look of disbelief, he says that if Marty could be Clint Eastwood in "Back to the Future Part III", there was no reason why he could not be John Wayne.
*In The Simpsons episode 'Dude, Where's My Ranch?', the girl "Clara" is named after Clara Clayton.


=Western ho

On the DVD commentary, Bob Gale and Neil Canton acknowledge that the film gave them a chance to play with a genre they loved as children -- the Western. The film is full of references, jokes, and homages to the genre.
*The three old timers in the saloon are played by classic Western character actors Harry Carey, Jr., Dub Taylor, and Pat Buttram.
*Doc (in 1955) clads Marty in an absurd outfit based upon B-Westerns of the period.
*The scenes where Marty arrives in 1885 and is chased by Native Americans, and later when Doc hitches the De Lorean to a team of horses, were filmed in Monument Valley, known as "John Ford country" after the great director who used it extensively in his Westerns.
*Marty chooses "Clint Eastwood", the most notable modern Western actor, as his alias in 1885. The locals make fun of it as a "sissy" name, and tell Marty that if he does not face Buford, "Clint Eastwood", will forever be known as a coward. Marty also says when he receives the clothes Doc gives him in 1955 looks nothing like Clint Eastwood's. Viewers can see a poster of "Revenge of the Creature" which was made in 1955, which also marked the first film role for Clint Eastwood. Upon Marty's return to 1985, his brother enquires sarcastically after his costume, using words to the effect of "Who are you supposed to be — Clint Eastwood?"; an obvious irony, considering that Marty has, in keeping with the film series' preference for paradoxes, apparently created the character.
*Thomas F. Wilson has said his performance as Buford was inspired by Lee Marvin's character in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance".
*Marty defeats Buford by imitating the final showdown in "A Fistful of Dollars" (which he had seen in Biff's penthouse suite in "Part II").
*The establishing shot of Hill Valley, in which the camera is on a crane and rises over the train station to reveal a bird's-eye view of the bustling main street, is an exact copy of a shot in "Once Upon a Time in the West".
* After Marty gets new clothes in 1885, he wears a poncho and hat similar to what Eastwood wore the Spaghetti Western films he starred in.
* Doc Brown shoots the rope hanging Marty, much like how Clint's character frees Tuco multiple times in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


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