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This is my assignment article for Chapter 8.


The Back to the Future film trilogy is definitely one of the best things to come out of the '80s. I personally love the films, so--here are seven fun facts about Back to the Future.

1. U.S. President Ronald Reagan loved Doc's line, "Ronald Reagan? The actor?!"

Basically, when Marty is telling Doc that he is from the future, Doc sarcastically asks who was the president of the United States in 1985. Marty responds with "Ronald Reagan" and Doc goes, "Ronald Reagan? The actor?!" When Reagan watched the film, he loved the line so much that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene.

Eventually in 1986, Reagan quoted the film in his State of the Union address.

2. Universal Pictures head Sid Sheinberg sent director Robert Zemeckis a memo saying that he should change the film's title to "Spaceman From Pluto"

Sheinberg believed that no one would ever see a movie with the word "future" in its title, so he suggested the name change and that they change Marty's line, "My name is Darth Vader. I am an extraterrestrial from the planet Vulcan!" to "I am a spaceman from Pluto!" as this would also tie in with the earlier joke with the Peabodys.

Zemeckis thanked him for the joke memo.

3. John DeLorean thanked the producers for immortalizing the DeLorean DMC-12

This is what he said:

4. On October 26, 1985, people showed up at the filming location of Twin Pines Mall to see if Marty McFly would show up there.

Needless to say, he didn't. But hell, I would've joined them.

5. Thomas F. Wilson improvised Biff's catchphrases, "make like a tree and get outta here" and "butthead".

Ha. Classic.

6. The crew pulled a prank on Michael J. Fox, tricking him into drinking alcohol.

You can see it at 2:10 in the video above.

So, there's a scene in Back to the Future where Marty takes a sip of liquor, sees Lorraine smoke, and does a spit take. There was supposed to be just water in the prop bottle, but they replaced it with real alcohol.

7. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Crispin Glover all had to dub many lines in a recording studio

In this scene, Fox and Lloyd had to redub their lines because the machine that made the wind made a lot of noise and despite the fact that they were screaming, they were barely audible.

Crispin Glover lost his voice during filming and he had to silently mouth many of his lines, recording them later in a studio.

And that's it!


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