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Movie time: Back to the Future part 1

Hi everybody!

Today I’m going to introduce you to the list of my favourite films.

Number 1 is the trilogy  “Back to the Future”, a science fiction adventure film series written and directed by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, produced by Steven Spielberg.


The story begins on October 25th in 1985 in Hill Valley, California. The protagonist is Marty McFly, a seventeen-year-old student at Hill Valley’s High School, a good guitarist and engaged to Jennifer; his father George is bullied by his supervisor Biff Tannen and his unhappy mother, Lorainne Baines, is an alcoholic.

One night he meets his friend, the scientist Doctor Emmett Brown (whom he calls “Doc”) at a desert shopping center where Doc shows him his new invention: a modified DeLorean car, which is a time machine! However, the car needs plutonium for time travels, because 1.21 gigawatts have to be released to activate the “flux capacitor” (the device that allows time travels); Doc explains that the car can travel to a planned date after reaching the speed of 88 miles per hour, and he uses the date November 5th 1955 as an example destination.

Suddenly, two Libyan terrorists, from whom Doc has stolen the plutonium for his experiment, appear and shoot Emmett, but Marty manages to escape, speeding away by car, and when he reaches the speed 88 mph the time travel begins!

After a few seconds he finds himself still in Hill Valley, but there’s something strange: it’s November 5th 1955! While exploring Hill Valley he meets his teenage father, who is bullied by the young Biff, and following him, he also meet his young mother; she starts to fancy Marty, whom she calls “Levi Strauss” because she reads the name on his underwear.

Marty goes to see his “future friend” Doc and explains him the situation: Emmett accepts to help him and send him “back to the future”, but the car fuel (the plutonium) is over and Doc isn’t able to produce 1.21 gigawatts of energy.

Marty then remembers from his future life that soon a lightning will  hit the “Clock Tower” of the town, so Doc thinks up a plan: he will try to “capture” the energy from the lightning and use it to activate the “flux capacitor” to make Marty’s return voyage possible, but there’s a problem: Marty’s arrival has changed his own future! In fact he sees his brothers fading from a photo he has brought with him, because Lorainne has fallen in love with the wrong man.

Marty therefore plans to have George “rescue” Lorraine from Marty’s inappropriate advances on the night of the school ball but a drunk Biff unexpectedly shows up, pulls Marty from the car, and attempts to force himself on Lorraine. George arrives to rescue her from Marty, but instead finds Biff and, after some humiliations he finally knocks him out. Lorraine follows George to the dance floor, where they kiss for the first time, assuring Marty’s existence.

Now Marty is ready to return home: he arrives at the clock tower where Doc is making his final preparations for the lightning strike, and tries to warn Doc of his murder in 1985 in a letter, but Emmett tears it up, fearing it will lead to a change in the future.

A falling tree branch disconnects Doc’s wiring setup, but Doc repairs the connections in time to send Marty and the DeLorean back to 1985. So it seems that after all Marty is late to prevent Doc from being shot, but Emmett is still alive and admits that he has read the letter anyway: in fact he is wearing a bulletproof vest.

On returning home, Marty discovers that his own future has changed: his father is a famous science fiction author and his mother is happy and healed, while Biff has become a car dealer/washer who is respectful towards George.

The story seems to have come to an end, but suddenly Doc appears on the DeLorean and says to Marty and Jennifer that they have to make a new travel in the future… the adventure continues!

Stay tuned for the next episode 😉


2 thoughts on “Movie time: Back to the Future part 1

  1. Talking about time travels, may I suggest you the reading of a fantastic novel? It’s called “11/22/’63” and it is Mr Stephen King’s latest book. The story is simple: a teacher living in 2011travels back in time, trying to avoid President Kennedy’s assassination. Adventures, paradoxes and the butterfly effect always around the corner…

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