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Questions tagged [back-to-the-future]

Back to the Future is the first film (1985) in a trilogy of time travel movies that branched out into an animated TV series, theme rides and video games. This tag can also be used to refer to the Back to the Future franchise as a whole.

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Why was Marty fired in 2015?

In Back to the Future Part II, when Jennifer was in her future house in 2015 she witnessed the old Marty getting fired after being provoked by Needles into sticking his card in the slot. What kind of ...
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How did Doc get into the DeLorean?

(First of all - kudos to WadCheber for inspiring this question) When the DeLorean is first revealed, we see it exiting from Doc's Truck: In the image I've given ...
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What is a “zip head”… or a trank and lobo, for that matter?

In "Back to the Future" part II, when taking Jennifer to her (future) home, officers describe Hill valley as "... nothing but a breeding ground for tranks, lo-bos and zipheads." What's this ...
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How could the level crossing at the end of Back to the Future 3 know that the locomotive would arrive?

In the end of Back to the Future 3, Marty and Jennifer check the wreckage site of the DeLorean when the railroad level crossing suddenly activates and lowers its barriers without any trains nearby. ...
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What's behind the Enterprise's flux capacitor?

Whoa. In "Hollow Pursuits" we have this dialog (emphasis mine): [Troi's office] BARCLAY: I just didn't know what to say. TROI: What do you wish you had said? BARCLAY: I should ...
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Back To The Future: Time Travel Paradox

In Back to the Future, to get Marty back to 1985, it looks to me like the Doc connects a cable to the pole with the weather vane on top of the clock tower and fastens the other end to a light pole on ...
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Does Huey Lewis & the News exist in the Back to the Future universe?

In the first movie, Marty performs a version of Power of Love before he is told (by Huey Lewis in a cameo, no less) that he is simply "too loud." Was Marty just performing a cover, or did he write the ...
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Is Back to the Future flux capacitor a capacitor in the first place?

English is not my native language and I only watched the dubbed version of Back to the Future and there the "flux capacitor" was translated to mean something like "flux storage" - literally a unit ...
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In Back to the Future, why was the power required to travel in time 1.21 jigowatts?

I asked why the speed was 88 MPH, and it made a lot of sense. Now I want to ask: Why does the Flux Capacitor need 1.21 jigowatts to travel in time? Is this a magic number?
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Would 1885 Western Union really agree to hold a letter for 70 years? [closed]

In the Back to the Future trilogy, part of the plot hinges on Doc Brown convincing Western Union in 1885 to hold a letter for 70 years and then deliver it to Marty. Is there any evidence in real life ...
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Why did Doc build the Time Train?

A thought just struck me that from Back to the Future II onwards, Doc was quite adamant of the need to destroy the DeLorean, not because it was a bad car or anything, but because the risk of time ...
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What was George McFly's and Biff's jobs in the original timeline?

At the beginning of Back to the Future we see a scene, which we later see a parallel of in 1955) where Biff asks George whether he has completed his work yet so he can get it typed up. I'm just ...
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Why was Clayton Ravine renamed Eastwood Ravine?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time, and this question question reminded of it and motivated me to ask it here. At the end of Back to the Future III, we see that the ravine ...
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What was the longest time jump in the Back to the Future canon?

The shortest time jump was, presumably, the first; Einstein's trip a single minute forward during the experiment in the Twin Pines Mall parking lot. What was the longest jump backwards or forwards ...
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Is the DeLorean in “Back to the Future” able to determine the present time?

Whenever you travel through time the DeLorean updates the time circuits to reflect the current date and time. How does it know the current date and time of its arrived destination? I guess what I am ...
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Why didn't the two Biffs go into shock?

So, in Back to the Future II, we see that when 1985 Jennifer sees 2015 Jennifer, they go into shock as predicted by Doc Brown. Yet, when old Biff sees young Biff, they don't go into shock. Why this ...
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How did Doc know exactly at what second the lightning would strike the clock tower?

In Back to the Future, there is a flyer indicating that the lightning struck the clock tower at 10:04pm on November 12, 1955. Based on that information, Doc calculates the distance, acceleration speed ...
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Why does the DeLorean not move at first?

The first time we see the DeLorean, but before the first time trip, the doctor remotely drives the car to the edge of the parking lot. After flipping some switches, the rear wheels start to spin, but ...
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Why does the recording about Twin Pines Mall not change the same way the newspapers and photographs change?

Background In Back to The Future, the mall where Marty and the Doc first meet to test the time machine is called Twin Pines Mall. In this scene, the Doc reminisces about the location and recalls when ...
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What memories did “Old Marty” have in 2015 of his time travel adventures?

In Back to the Future II, young Jennifer from 1985 sees Marty McFly and his family in 2015, observing that Marty and Jennifer are married & their son is a slacker, watching various future ...
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Why is Old Biff evil?

At the end of Back to the Future, we see But then in Back to the Future 2, old Biff is his evil old self. Shouldn't his status at the end of BttF1 have prevented that from happening? Why is old ...
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What is Linda McFly eating for breakfast at the end of Back to the Future?

In the scene at the end of Back to the Future, Marty's siblings are eating breakfast together in the timeline where his family is rich and successful. What is his sister eating for breakfast? It looks ...
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How did Doc manage to build the time train in the 1880s?

There has already been a question about why Doc built the time train. My question is how he did it. Doc clearly could not fix the DeLorean to return back to the future. Thus, he hid the car in the ...
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1.21 Gigawatts or 2.21 Gigawatts?

In the original "Back to the Future" movie, Doc has his famous "1.21 Gigawatts" scene. But I noticed today that the French version actually is translated "2,21 Gigawatts" (deux virgule vingt et un ...
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Why does Marty keep driving round and round the car park?

In "Back To The Future", after Doc is shot by the Libyans, Marty dives into the DeLorean, unknowingly activates the time circuits and then proceeds to drive round and round the car park of the ...
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Is Marty McFly Traveling to Parallel Universes?

Marty has always been inexplicably protected from the changes in the timeline. Thus he operates with a memory of the original timeline in which the "time machine" was never invented (or never used). ...
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Why does the number “99” appear (backwards, spelled in airborn fire) in Back To The Future part 2?

It seems to be a commonly accepted theory that the car skidded before going back to 1855. However, the car didn't really seem to skid, so much as explode. It certainly didn't appear to move in such a ...
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Why didn't Doc remember Marty's outfit?

In Back to the Future 3, Doc (from 1955) sends Marty back in time wearing a cowboy outfit. But then, Doc (from 1885) doesn't remember that it was him who offered this outfit to Marty. Does this ...
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Why was Marty the last child to fade out?

As we know, Marty McFly from Back to the Future is the third child in the McFly family in 1985. In BTTF I we see in the picture of all three children that they progressively fade out. I understand ...
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Did the Delorean have keys?

I don't remember seeing any. It might have saved some trouble with Biff stealing it in Back to the Future II if it had. But it's also possible they were just left in the ignition all the time.
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Is there anyone Strickland doesn't think is a slacker?

Throughout the Back to the Future series, we see that Strickland, sorry, Mr Strickland calls Marty a 'slacker' and George a slacker, even the guys shooting at his house are slackers. Do we know of ...
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Which guitarists does Marty imitate?

"All right, guys, uh, listen. This is a blues riff in B, watch me for the changes, and try and keep up, okay?" When asked for "another one", "something that really ...
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Why was there smoke/opaque gas in Doc's Van?

This question is inspired from this question earlier today. In Back to the Future, we see the DeLorean famously exiting the van (see below), but there's a lot of smoke, or at least a whitish gas of ...
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Was there really a 1955 Enchantment under the Sea dance timeline with just one Marty Mcfly?

We know George and Lorraine Mcfly meet in a 1955 without a Marty, because Lorraine meets George after he gets hit by Lorraines fathers car. So, we can safely say there was a 1955 timeline with zero ...
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Is the BTTF Series of games considered canon?

After playing the five episodes in Back to the Future: The Game, I was wondering if these are considered to be canon. They appear to be set after the events of the movie trilogy (as Marty knows about ...
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What is Dr. Emmet Brown's speciality/education?

It's hard to believe that a genius like Doc has no formal education. Is there any info on what his alma-mater is and what his speciality is (like, quantum physics, or something)?
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Is there any discussion of a Back to the Future sequel or remake?

I ask this because it was The highest grossing film of 1985, Back to the Future launched one of the most successful franchises in Universal's history, including two theatrical sequels, an animated ...
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How did Chuck Berry come up with Johnny B. Goode in the original timeline?

In Back To The Future II, we learn that traveling forward in time, after having altered the past, lands the traveler into an alternate present or future compared to the one they originally left. (...
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Why didn't Old Biff keep the time machine?

In Back To The Future Part 2, Old Biff steals the DeLorean, gives the sports almanac to his younger self - and then helpfully returns the DeLorean to the same spot as he took it from, just a few ...
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Does Gray's Sports Almanac 1950-2000 actually exist?

So, the main plot device in Back to the Future II (aside from the DeLorean) is Gray's Sports Almanac 1950-2000. As we're now in 2015, the statistics must be available, so my question is does the book ...
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How did the Doc land the Delorean in 1885?

In Back to the Future 3 Marty reads the letter from the Doc of 1985 (who is trapped in 1885) to the Doc of 1955. The letter states that: The lightning strike blew out the flight circuits. Which is ...
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Why is the 2015 Earth's population so high in BttF 2?

According to the front page, 2015's USA Today has three billion daily readers. Given that most readers of USA Today would live in America, that implies that there are billions of people in the U.S. ...
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Where did 2015 Biff hide the Delorean in 1955 when giving himself the Almanac in BTTF 2?

With the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy this year, and several networks showing it, I watched all three for the umpteenth time (and enjoyed every second of them), but wondered ...
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Does the DeLorean contain a spacial history device?

When the DeLorean in BTTF travels through time, it instantaneously jumps from one time to another in the same 3 dimensional position. Does the DeLorean contain a spacial history device to determine ...
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Is the weather controlled in Back to the Future II?

In Back to the Future II, it starts out as pouring with rain when they arrive in 2015. When they land, Doc goes to get out but Marty protests, saying it's raining too much. Doc then looks at his ...
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Did Doc Brown confess to stealing the locomotive?

At the end of Back To The Future Part III we see that the ravine has been named "Eastwood Ravine". Given that in the original and some subsequent timelines, the ravine was named after someone (Clara) ...
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Did Michael J. Fox write his own music for BttF?

In the original Back to the Future, Marty McFly tends to get carried away while playing his guitar, causing confusion and/or disapproval from any nearby squares. The examples given of his ...
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Why was the tender still attached?

Apart from the opportunity for Clara Clayton to have an exciting traversal of the distance between the back of the fuel tender and the engine (Golly!) in Back to the Future III: Was there any reason ...
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Why does DeLorean leave burning trails in the time of departure?

The question is pretty straightforward. Is there any explanation to why DeLorean leaves burning trails in the time it travels from? Moreover, in the end of the first movie when Marty travels from 1955 ...
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Is Phillip J. Fry based on Marty McFly?

Is the character of Phillip J. Fry based on Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, from Back to the Future? There seems to be a lot of similarities between their three names and also their clothing ...