6. Biffs Question Song'Back to the Future' was undoubtedly Thomas F. Wilsons finest hour and he was never again to scale the heights that he deserved to following the success of Robert Zemeckis film. Maybe thats a blessing in disguise though, because if Wilson had gone on to become a huge star I doubt wed have ever got to hear his stand-up comedy stylings, which he has become renowned for and include this brilliant little ditty from the man himself about his experiences since the movie:
7. The Sequels'Parts II' & 'III' may not be as good as the original or as fondly remembered but together they form one of the, if not THE, greatest trilogy in cinema history. Each film expands the 'Back to the Future' universe and continues to evolve our heroes, the sequels arent just re-treads of the original hitting all the same notes; they stand up on their own as great pieces of filmmaking. The plot of 'Part II' is in fact so complicated it actually makes your brain hurt if you really stop and think about what exactly is going on. 'Parts II' & 'III' also expand the mythology of the franchise and delve deeper into the ethical and moral questions raised in the first film as well as encompassing themes of fate and destiny.
8. They had the balls to re-cast Marty McFlyWould 'Back to the Future' have been as successful with the originally cast Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly rather than Michael J. Fox? We will never know for sure but I would venture: no.
Thats not a slight on Stoltzs acting in any way but its impossible to imagine him in the role now. The fact that Zemeckis et al had the balls to re-cast and re-shoot after five weeks of production had begun was a bold move, and it paid off in spades.Much of 'Back to the Futures' broad appeal lies in Michael J. Foxs effortless charm and without him this wonderful film may have never reached the universal audience it now has.