Back to the Future

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (58)

  • Marty: (First waking up after being hit by a car) Mom? Mom, is that you? Lorraine: There, there now. Just relax. You've been asleep for almost five hours now. Marty: I had this... horrible nightmare. I dreamed I went... back in time. Lorraine: Well, it's alright, you're back in good old 1955. Marty: (opening his eyes) 1955?!? (light comes on and he sees a young Lorraine) AHH!

  • Lorraine: I've never seen purple underwear before, Calvin. Marty: Calvin, why do you keep calling me Calvin? Lorraine: Well that's your name isn't it? Calvin Klein? It's written all over your underwear! (She moves toward Marty who pulls back, falling off the bed)

  • Marty: (Spies George in a tree looking into someone's window with binoculars) He's a peeping tom!

  • Doc: There's that word again 'heavy' why is everything so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull? Marty: What?

  • (Doc waiting at the clock tower for Marty to arrive. Doc: D***, where is that kid? D***! D***! D*** D***!

  • (Marty steps out in front of the Confederate army to halt the charge) Marty: Fellas, whoa, whoa, chill out! You can't fight today. It's, uh, a national holiday. General Tannen: What holiday? Marty: Uh, Lincolns birthday. General Tannen: Charge! (the army runs Marty over) Marty: Wrong crowd.

  • (In 1955, Tab and Pepsi Free haven't been invented yet.) Marty: Give me a tab. Lou: Tab? I can't give you a tab unless you order something. Marty: All right, give me a Pepsi Free. Lou: You want a Pepsi, pal, you're gonna pay for it. Marty: Look, just give me something without any sugar in it, okay? Lou: Something without sugar. (He gives Marty coffee.)

  • Mr. Strickland:Now let me give you a nickel's worth of free advice, young man. This so-called Dr. Brown is dangerous, he's a real nutcase. You hang around with him you're gonna end up in big trouble. Marty:Oh, yes sir. (Strickland pushes Marty a little bit.) Mr. Strickland:You've got a real attitude problem, McFly. You're a slacker! You remind me of your father when he went here. He was a slacker, too. Marty:Can I go now, Mr. Strickland? Mr. Strickland:I noticed your band is on the roster for the dance auditions after school today. Why even bother, McFly? You don't have a chance, you're too much like your old man. No McFly has ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley. Marty: Yeah, well history is gonna change.

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Notes (80)

  • The scene with Doc sending Marty home is reused the following times: - At the end of BTTF 2. - At the beginning of BTTF 3. - At the beginning of the animated series episode "Go Fly a Kite".

  • This episode was released on the VHS entitled Back to the Future: Clara's Folks and Brothers.

  • Marty is the only member of his immediate parallel family to appear in the series.

  • The Spanish Civil War took place during the 1930's.

  • The graffiti on the front of the Hill Valley High School at the beginning of the movie includes 2 large "BOBs" - obvious nods to the creators Robert "Bob" Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

  • Singer Cameo, Huey Lewis: the "Battle of The Bands" judge with glasses and the megaphone.

  • Although she is mentioned a few times, and is seen through photographs, Clara does not appear in this episode. Neither does Jennifer.

  • "Dean Strickland" is obviously Principal Strickland, Marty's principal from the BTTF movies, apparently having gained a promotion. Clara apparently was born in 1855 (if she's nine years old in 1864).

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Trivia (42)

  • The ice on the DeLorean (revealed by Bob Gale in the commentary to be liquid nitrogen) would not be used in the sequels.

  • In 1991, McDonald's also released four Happy Meal toys, featuring Marty on his hoverboard, Doc in the DeLorean, Verne in his Junkmobile and Einstein in the time train

  • Verne Brown's (one of Doc Brown's kids) middle name is revealed in this episode. It is Newton, after Sir Isaac Newton.

  • When the DeLorean backs up (towards the camera) at the end of the movie to take off into the air, the camera is reflected in the rear license plate.

  • When Marty is pretending to be Darth Vader, the hair dryer in his belt disappears and reappears (some extra footage, wherein Marty moves the hair dryer was cut from the final film).

  • When the DeLorean goes 1 minute into the future, the fire goes between Doc's legs but when the camera switches angles, it no longer does.

  • Verne says Jules was using an Etch-A-Sketch when he was 2. Jules was probably born in 1886 or 1887, and I'm pretty sure that by 1888-1889, they didn't have an Etch-A-Sketch!
    Ed. note: But they're time travellin' kids! That doesn't really count. FYI, the Etch-A-Sketch was first produced by the Ohio Art Company on July 12, 1960. (link)
    Response: True, they are time travelling kids, but back in 1888/9 when Jules was 2, Doc had not finished building the time train. He probably took about 10 years to build it. So, without a time machine, how could Jules get the Etch-A-Sketch?
    Ed.: Once a time-traveller, always a time traveller. There's an unwritten time travel story in there somewhere, not a goof. But, I'll leave up this debate; visitors to our pages may decide for themselves...

  • When Verne heads back to 1864, the time circuits say "February 11th 1864". Verne arrives in the evening of the 11th. When Doc, Marty, Jules and Einstein find out where Verne went, they also input the Destination Time in the train as February 11th 1864 - yet arrive the day after Verne got there.

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Allusions (17)

  • : Doc Brown's kids are of course named for the great 19th Century science fiction author Jules Verne. However, Mr. Verne was a scientific realist, and never wrote about time travel, believing it to be unachievable fantasy. Time travel would only enter SF with H.G. Wells' The Time Machine in 1895.

  • "Ulysses S. Clayton" is a reference to Ulysses S. Grant, noted Union army general and later president of the United States.

  • Episode Title: "Forward to the Past" is a spoof of its parent movie Back to the Future.

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    "Independence Hall was built from 1733 to 1756 and first used as the State House of the colony of Pennsylvania."

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    One of the two colonials near Independence Hall sounds somewhat like the former ABC sportscaster, Howard Cosell.

  • In a testament to the show's historical accuracy, the episode "Batter Up", aired November 9, 1991, which had Marty, Jules, and Verne travel to Boston to help baseball player "Pee-Wee" McFly to improve his game in 1891, did accurately name the Boston team as the "Beaneaters", and even featured scenes involving then-real-life manager Frank Selee.

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    The boy who steals the DeLorean keys from Jules may be based on the Artful Dodger from the book Oliver Twist.

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    The wagon train leader is, of course, a parody of famed Western movie actor John Wayne.

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