25 Fun Facts About Back to the Future

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A few things you might not know about Marty, Doc, and Doc's pet chimpanzee.

1. The script was rejected over 40 times by every major studio.

"Some more than once," co-creator Bob Gale told CNN.

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2. Disney execs thought it was too dirty.

"You've got the kid and the mother in his car!" they told Gale and director Robert Zemeckis. "It's incest!"

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3. Worried that people would shun a film with 'future' in its name, a studio exec tried to change Back to the Future to Spaceman From Pluto.

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4. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg sent back a thank you note for the 'humorous memo.'

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5. At no point in any of the Back to the Future movies did anyone predict the Florida Marlins would win the 1997 World Series.

Or the 2003 World Series. I don't care what that email forward says.

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6. But the Internet will melt if the Cubs win the 2015 World Series.

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7. When Marty McFly was 13 or 14, he snuck into Doc's lab and wound up getting a part-time job.

In 2011, Bob Gale told mental_floss the origin of Marty and Doc's friendship:

"He snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc."

When Slate wrote a story questioning whether Bob Gale was actually behind the explanation, he sent us this:

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8. In the early drafts of Back to the Future, the time machine was made out of an old refrigerator...

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9. ...and Doc Brown had a pet chimpanzee.

The head of Universal was anti-chimpanzee: "I looked it up," he said, "no movie with a chimpanzee ever made any money."

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10. In an early draft of Back to the Future II, Marty travels to 1967, where he's arrested for not having a draft card.

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11. The Back to the Future II promotional sunglasses sold at Pizza Hut are available on eBay.

Get yours today.

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12. Princess Diana attended the London premiere in 1985.

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13. Ronald Reagan was offered the role of Hill Valley's mayor in Back to the Future III.

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14. While that didn't work out, Reagan did quote the film in his 1986 State of the Union: "Where we're going, we don't need roads."

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15. As you surely noticed when you were eight years old, the Twin Pines Mall becomes the Lone Pine Mall.

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16. Tom Wilson (Biff) has a handy card with answers to all your BTTF questions.

via @LettersofNote

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17. In the window of the Cafe 80s, Marty sees several Nintendo games...

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18. ...a Roger Rabbit doll...

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19. ...an iron, and a Dustbuster.

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20. Elijah Wood made his film debut in Back to the Future II as the kid playing the arcade game Wild Gunman in the Cafe 80s.

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21. John DeLorean wrote Bob Gale a letter, thanking him for "keeping my dream alive."

ROGER RESSMEYER/CORBIS

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22. The school that served as Hill Valley High School in Back to the Future was Whittier High—Richard Nixon's alma mater.


BTTFTour.com

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23. In Back to the Future II, an old newspaper in the alternate 1985 reads, “Nixon to Seek Fifth Term; Vows End to Vietnam War by 1985.”

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24. The whole Hill Valley Telegraph is worth another look.

As Jonathan Chiat noted in an excellent round-up of the paper's front pages for New York Magazine, "It is unclear why the Telegraph’s editors would devote such extensive space to Biff Tannen gambling coverage."

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25. In the early-1990s Back to the Future cartoon, Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson) was the voice of Doc Brown.

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A Back to the Future musical is headed for London next year. Zemeckis and Gale are on board.

Sources: CNN, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, BTTF.com, The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films, Futurepedia, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Script Shadow. Image credits: Getty Images, Corbis, Thinkstock, Universal, BTTFTours.com, Futurepedia.

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