Originally published a version of this on my Moviepilot page. The site has closed down so enjoy this updated version of my article.
On this day July 3rd, 1985, the first of an epic trilogy Back To The Future was arrived in theaters. It’s been 33 years, here are 12 bits of movie trivia about the trilogy to celebrate.
Back to the Future (1985)
1. Never give up, never surrender
It took being rejected 40 times, before the script was finally approved.
2. Fan mail
John DeLorean sent a fan letter to the film’s writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, thanking them for using his car in the movie.
3. No piracy
The original script had Doc Brown and Marty sell bootleg videos to fund the time machine. This plot point was removed from the script at Universal’s request as they didn’t want to promote piracy.
4. A common set
Both Gremlins and Back to the Future were filmed at the Universal Studios back lot and used the same set (Kingston Falls from Gremlins).
Back to the Future II (1989)
Elijah Wood made his film debut in the sequel as he played one of the two video game boys Marty speaks to at the start of the film.
6. A production delayed
This film and its sequel Back to the Future III were delayed for 3 years because Robert Zemeckis was working on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The opening scenes of this film were the closing scenes of the first that were re-shot. Several changes had been made especially in Christopher Lloydâ€™s delivery of his lines.
8. No driving
Back to the Future III (1990)
9. Accidentally hanged
During the scene where Marty is hanged, Michael J. Fox was accidentally hanged and he was unconscious for a short period of time.
10. Catchphrase exchange.
This is the only film in the trilogy where Marty and Doc Brown exchange catchphrases. Marty says “Great Scott!” and Doc Brown replies “Yeah, this is heavy” as they talk about the tombstone photo.
11. Originally cast
Seamus McFly was originally written for actor Crispin Glover.
12. That first scene
The first scene in this film where Marty goes back to the future in the DeLorean appears in all 3 films.
And those are the facts. Do you have any interesting trivia to share about the Back To The Future Trilogy? Leave them in the comments below or on my Facebook page.