Top 50 Back To The Future Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Back To The Future facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Back To The Future film message.

Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen asks Marty McFly "What's your name, dude?" In the 19th century, 'dude' was an insult. It was used to refer to dandies; city dwellers who dressed in fancy clothes and who came west to their "dude ranches," or rich hobby farms.

Back To The Future 3 (1990): When Doc and Marty are asking the train conductor for tips, the Clock Tower clock is being unloaded in the background.
Back To The Future 3 (1990): When Doc and Marty are asking the train conductor for tips, the Clock Tower clock is being unloaded in the background.

Back To The Future Trivia

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  1. The director of Jaws 19 is Max Speilberg, Steven Speilberg's real son, who was born in 1985.

  2. A stunt woman hits the left pillar during the hover board scene. She didn't make it inside due to this. The crew member cut the cables thinking she made it into city hall. She fell 30 feet onto concrete rather than the mats inside and ended up with multiple broken bones

  3. a billboard can been seen advertising "Surf Vietnam". A subtle nod to Apocalypse Now

  4. Michael J. Fox picked the initial "J" to distinguish himself from Michael Fox, a 50s actor. In 'Back To The Future' (1985), young George McFly says he's a big fan of the show 'Science Fiction Theater,' which often featured Michael Fox.

  5. The storm clouds were actually fiber fill that they shined a flashlight on.

  6. Eric Stolz who was initially cast as Marty Mcfly before being replaced by Michael J. Fox is present in one brief shot in the scene where Marty punches Biff in the diner

Back To The Future Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - : Doc Brown's hat gets shot off at the town festival. His hat retains a bullet hole in every scene afterwards.
    : Doc Brown's hat gets shot off at the town festival. His hat retains a bullet hole in every scene afterwards.
  • 1 - Mr. Peabody's son is named Sherman.
    Mr. Peabody's son is named Sherman.
  • Marty's band tries out to play at the dance. The song they play is 'Power of Love' by Huey Lewis and the News. Huey Lewis was the judge that told them to stop because they were "Too darn loud."

  • 1 - Chuck Berry's song Johnny B. Goode was accredited to Marty
    Chuck Berry's song Johnny B. Goode was accredited to Marty
  • 1 - Marty performs a duck walk across the stage while playing "Johnny B Goode." He does this while Chuck Berry's cousin is watching, implying that Marty was the original pioneer of the duck walk, not Chuck Berry (detailed explanation in comments)
    Marty performs a duck walk across the stage while playing "Johnny B Goode." He does this while Chuck Berry's cousin is watching, implying that Marty was the original pioneer of the duck walk, not Chuck Berry (detailed explanation in comments)
  • They used Centauri's car from The Last Starfighter as one of the background vehicles.

  • Doc's son Verne motions the camera in for a closer look and points at his dangly bits.

Back To The Future Hidden Details

1 - Doc Brown doesn't immediately return from the future after dropping Marty off at home. He waits until just after Marty & Jennifer's first kiss in the new time line as it establishes they will go on to have kids, just like George & Lorraine's kiss did at the dance.
Doc Brown doesn't immediately return from the future after dropping Marty off at home. He waits until just after Marty & Jennifer's first kiss in the new time line as it establishes they will go on to have kids, just like George & Lorraine's kiss did at the dance.
1 - Doc's scarf in Back To The Future 3 was (1990) made from his shirt from Back To The Future 2 (1989). An interesting detail.
Doc's scarf in Back To The Future 3 was (1990) made from his shirt from Back To The Future 2 (1989). An interesting detail.
1 - Marty and Biff have different eye colors than Marty Jr. and Griff. So they don't look exactly the same.
Marty and Biff have different eye colors than Marty Jr. and Griff. So they don't look exactly the same.
1 - Doc gave Marty this western outfit with atom models on the top.
Doc gave Marty this western outfit with atom models on the top.

The theatre in the background behind the clock tower shows "Orgy American Style" being shown. This is an actual porno from 1973. The male star from that porno played Red the Bum in the film, calling Marty a crazy drunk driver when returns to the present.

The Statler family has been providing Hill Valley with transportation since (at least) 1885.

1 - During the final showdown between Marty and Mad Dog, Marty's first punch is a left-handed punch, despite Marty's other punches being right-handed. This is a reference to his dad's unexpected left-handed knockout punch against Biff in 1955.
During the final showdown between Marty and Mad Dog, Marty's first punch is a left-handed punch, despite Marty's other punches being right-handed. This is a reference to his dad's unexpected left-handed knockout punch against Biff in 1955.
1 - Doc Brown gives a bit of his family history. He says that his family immigrated from Germany in 1908 and changed their name from Von Braun to Brown during WWI. Vaguely alluding that he's related to Werner Von Braun, an ex nazi scientist, creator for the US rocket program.
Doc Brown gives a bit of his family history. He says that his family immigrated from Germany in 1908 and changed their name from Von Braun to Brown during WWI. Vaguely alluding that he's related to Werner Von Braun, an ex nazi scientist, creator for the US rocket program.
1 - Doc gives Marty $50 to buy a Pepsi to account for inflation in 2015
Doc gives Marty $50 to buy a Pepsi to account for inflation in 2015

Doc is so obsessed with time that he is constantly wearing two watches.

1 - When Marty rushes to Biff to steal back the almanac in Back To The Future 2 (1989), he calms the crowd by saying he knows CPR, to which a puzzled bystander asks what CPR is. CPR didn't become common knowledge until the 70's.
When Marty rushes to Biff to steal back the almanac in Back To The Future 2 (1989), he calms the crowd by saying he knows CPR, to which a puzzled bystander asks what CPR is. CPR didn't become common knowledge until the 70's.
1 - When Doc and Marty are about to leave 2015, you can get a subtle hint of what Biff has done before the movie explains it, as the Last Time Departed panel in the DeLorean shows the year 1955 instead of 1985, implying someone else must have used the Time Machine
When Doc and Marty are about to leave 2015, you can get a subtle hint of what Biff has done before the movie explains it, as the Last Time Departed panel in the DeLorean shows the year 1955 instead of 1985, implying someone else must have used the Time Machine
1 - The 2015 Newspaper had a female for President.
The 2015 Newspaper had a female for President.

As Calvin Klein was relatively unknown in Europe at the time, Marty is mistaken for Levi Strauss and Pierre Cardin in some Euro versions

The time machine is left in a mine for over 70 years. The Delorean is one of the few cars made of stainless steel, which doesn't rust.

The fake USA Today newspaper that Marty reads in the future of 2015

1 - Doc explains that he didn't have time to finish the model, even though it looks incredibly detailed. Interestingly, when you look closer, some of it is made out of salt shakers and bottles.
Doc explains that he didn't have time to finish the model, even though it looks incredibly detailed. Interestingly, when you look closer, some of it is made out of salt shakers and bottles.
1 - The USA Today newspaper mentions Queen Diana and a female President in the US.
The USA Today newspaper mentions Queen Diana and a female President in the US.

This clock you see in Doc's workshop in the opening minute of Back to the Future

1 - McFly Jr. has his entire pants inside-out instead of just the pockets
McFly Jr. has his entire pants inside-out instead of just the pockets
1 - When Marty wakes up at the end, he is sleeping in the same position he had fallen asleep in before he woke up to meet Doc. Having woken up in the same position makes himself think he hadn't woken up at all. That's why he sits up, looks around and says "what a nightmare".
When Marty wakes up at the end, he is sleeping in the same position he had fallen asleep in before he woke up to meet Doc. Having woken up in the same position makes himself think he hadn't woken up at all. That's why he sits up, looks around and says "what a nightmare".
1 - Several scenes before they realize Marty has altered history, Doc looks at the family photo and comments that its an obvious fake because "they cut off your brother's hair". Marty's brother was already beginning to disappear.
Several scenes before they realize Marty has altered history, Doc looks at the family photo and comments that its an obvious fake because "they cut off your brother's hair". Marty's brother was already beginning to disappear.
1 - Marty tells everyone in 1885 his name is Clint Eastwood. Just before he travels to 1885, there is a poster for Revenge of the Creature, Clint Eastwood's first movie. This scene takes places in 1955, the year that film was released.
Marty tells everyone in 1885 his name is Clint Eastwood. Just before he travels to 1885, there is a poster for Revenge of the Creature, Clint Eastwood's first movie. This scene takes places in 1955, the year that film was released.
1 - Biff has two incest based porno tapes in his penthouse, Black Taboo and Playing with Fire.
Biff has two incest based porno tapes in his penthouse, Black Taboo and Playing with Fire.
1 - The clouds are made up of fiber fill. The crew shot it upside down at time lapse speed while VFX supervisor, Ken Ralston, crawled under it while flashing a light on and off.
The clouds are made up of fiber fill. The crew shot it upside down at time lapse speed while VFX supervisor, Ken Ralston, crawled under it while flashing a light on and off.

Laser Disc Trash

Doc wears a steam train themed button-up shirt to foreshadow the next movie in the trilogy. I have no idea how I never noticed this. It's worn in the first quarter during their visit to 2015.

1 - Doc's bed is littered with wrappers from the Burger King next to his lab.
Doc's bed is littered with wrappers from the Burger King next to his lab.
1 - Biff Tannen describes the car accident like it wasn't his fault. He was drinking and driving, and the damage looks like he rear-ended someone.
Biff Tannen describes the car accident like it wasn't his fault. He was drinking and driving, and the damage looks like he rear-ended someone.
1 - The Actor of Marty's father(Crispin Glover) was replaced with Jeffery Weissman because Glover wanted more money. Jeffery is only upside down in the entire film.
The Actor of Marty's father(Crispin Glover) was replaced with Jeffery Weissman because Glover wanted more money. Jeffery is only upside down in the entire film.
1 - Biff Tannen crashes in a truck owned by D. Jones Manure Hauling. In Back To The Future 3 (1990) Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen falls into a cart owned by A. Jones Manure Hauling.
Biff Tannen crashes in a truck owned by D. Jones Manure Hauling. In Back To The Future 3 (1990) Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen falls into a cart owned by A. Jones Manure Hauling.
1 - Doc Brown lives in a mansion in 1955, but in a small shack (the mansion's garage) in 1985. This is because he spent "nearly thirty years and my entire family fortune" on building the time machine.
Doc Brown lives in a mansion in 1955, but in a small shack (the mansion's garage) in 1985. This is because he spent "nearly thirty years and my entire family fortune" on building the time machine.
1 - When Emmett Brown and Marty McFly travel in the Wild West, we see them from time to time with their faces covered with fabric. Observing well, we realize that this is the same pattern as on the shirt of Doc in the first episode of the trilogy.
When Emmett Brown and Marty McFly travel in the Wild West, we see them from time to time with their faces covered with fabric. Observing well, we realize that this is the same pattern as on the shirt of Doc in the first episode of the trilogy.
1 - All of the clocks in Doc's house are 25 minutes slow except for one, which can be seen when Marty enters
All of the clocks in Doc's house are 25 minutes slow except for one, which can be seen when Marty enters
Back To The Future poster
Back To The Future poster

Back To The Future Plot

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Back To The Future. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Director Robert Zemeckis
Stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
IMDB score 8.5