In 1985 executive producer Steven Speilberg and director Robert Zemeckis brought to the big screen a comedy-adventure featuring a cast of then largely unknown actors and a plot involving an obscure, paradoxical version of time travel. Originally conceived as a one-off production, Back to the Future would become the highest grossing film of 1985.
Set in a Fictional Californian town of Hill Valley, Back to the future is the tale of Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), and his sidekick, mad scientist friend Dr Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd), and a Delorean Time machine. After an incident involving Libyan terrorists, Marty is transported to 1955, and encounters all kinds of problems, the most serious being the fact his mother is falling in love with him and not his dad! He has to endure all sorts of comical set pieces to get his mum and dad together, and to get back to 1985.
Following on from the success of the first film, it was only a matter of time (pun intended) before we again met up with our time travelling friends in Back to the Future Part 2. This time Doc Brown returns from his trip to the future to get Marty’s help to stop his future children from starting a chain of events that wreck his family. Whilst on this mission an older Biff Tannen steals a Sports Almanac and the Delorean time machine and heads back to 1955, and gives this book to his younger self. This causes all kinds of problems and an alternate 1985. Doc and Marty have to go back to 1955 and get the book back and save the day again. And just as they succeed, disaster strikes as the flying Delorean is hit by lightening and vanishes with the Doc on board. Minutes later a letter is delivered to Marty from the Doc, who is in 1885!
Cue Back to the Future part 3 and Marty runs back into town and again gets the help of the 1955 Doc Brown to rebuild a hidden Delorean and get home, but on finding a grave of Doc, Marty decides to go back to 1885 and save his friend from certain doom. In this part of the trilogy we are treated to a hilarious take on the western theme, but how are the Doc and Marty are going to get home? By stealing a train of course, and having Doc fall in love!