76. 'Back to the Future'
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Who could have imagined that Alex P. Keaton and "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski
would be in a hit movie together? When "Back to the Future" came out in 1985,
I'd only known both actors from two of my favorite TV shows: Michael J. Fox from "Family Ties" and Christopher
Lloyd from "Taxi." Once they were on the big screen as Marty McFly and Emmett
"Doc" Brown, though, they proved to be an immensely entertaining movie
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Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale wrote the script based on Gale's thoughts on
whether he and his dad would have been friends if they went to school together.
Fox was still working eight-hour days on "Family Ties," and would work on "Back
to the Future" from 6:30pm to 2:30am; this schedule went on for two months, but
Fox ate it up, even if it was exhausting. Lloyd used Albert Einstein and
conductor Leopold Stokowski as inspirations for his zany-eyed and highly
eccentric "Doc" character. Fox and Lloyd, along with Crispin Glover as the nerdy
George McFly and Lea Thompson as his wife Lorraine, made for an amazing cast
with a perfect balance of authenticity and hilarity.
The film's humor, fine acting and wacky plot took a typical time-travel
theme, ran it through the flux capacitor, and created one of the best films in
the science-fiction adventure comedy genre.
Almost three decades later, this classic still generates 1.21 gigawatts of
entertainment power. — Myriam Gabriel-Pollock Get more MSN
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(Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox in "Back to the
Future"/©MCA/Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)