‘Back to the Future’ turns 30, nostalgic fans celebrate

The year 2015 gets a mention in the franchise, when the lead actors time-travel to the future date of October 21, 2015, in the sequel.

July 04, 2015 03:48 pm | Updated 04:16 pm IST - Los Angeles

A scene from the 1985 film, "Back to the Future." File Photo: AP

A scene from the 1985 film, "Back to the Future." File Photo: AP

As the cult science-fiction “Back to the Future” turns 30, fans are reminiscing about the time transcending power of ‘88 miles per hour’.

The magic speed in the movie would take its characters Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), and his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to the past and future, in their time machine built from a modified DeLorean.

The cult classic released on July 3, 1985 and is considered timeless for successfully predicting future inventions like hi—tech glasses, flying cars, hover-boards, wireless video games, among many other technologies which are a reality in 2015.

What would be an interesting trivia for fans today is that the year 2015 gets a mention in the franchise, because Doc, Marty and Jennifer time-travel to the future date of October 21, 2015, in the sequel.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film chronicled the life of a socially awkward teenager, Marty, who is thrown back into the 1950s, when an experiment by scientist friend Doc Brown goes awry.

Travelling back in time, Marty meets young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson) and must make sure they fall in love or he will cease to exist. He also needs to ensure that he returns to the present to save Doc Brown.

At the time of its release, “Back to the Future” topped the box office for 11 weekends, and went on to bag three Academy Award nominations and one win for Best Sound Effects Editing.

The time-travel drama marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequels “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III” releasing in 1989 and 1990.

It continues to be a money-minting brand, as the film has an animated series, theme park ride, video games and a forthcoming musical.

Fans are celebrating the anniversary of the movie in their own way with most of them taking to social networking sites to share trivia, footage, bloopers, dialogues, and GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format).

Around 16,000 people attended one of the largest “Back to the Future” screening at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, accompanied by live orchestra, to celebrate the film’s anniversary.

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