October 21, 2015 Is The Day That Marty McFly Traveled To In “Back To The Future 2”

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October 21, 2015 – That is actually the date to which Marty McFly travels in the time-travel movie Back to the Future 2.

Back in Time, the documentary about the making of and continuing popularity of the Back to the Future franchise, is part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary  of the original film’s release.

The documentary, recently acquired by FilmRise for release on DVD in the USA, details the ways that the comedy, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, has resonated with the public since its original release. The original was the highest grossing film of 1985 and took in more than $300 million (almost $669 million today, counting for inflation), with the sequel, Back to the Future, Part II taking in an additional $331 million in 1989 (for $645 million in today’s currency) and the third taking in $244 million (for a paltry $445 million by today’s standards).

The Library of Congress chose the original for preservation in the National Film Registry: in 2008 it was designated the 10th best science fiction film of all time by the American Film Institute.

Although it is hard to imagine now, the film originally had difficulty getting made. The script was rejected several times, by many studios. It floundered for years until the project was brought to Stephen Spielberg, who decided to put his clout behind it. With the Spielberg connection, it was set up at Universal.

Despite the fact that the film’s script did not appeal to the readers at numerous studios, once it was made it resonated immediately with viewers. Upon release it spent 11 weeks as the number one film in the country.

Back in Time explores some of the ways the film has affected today’s culture. Through interviews with the cast, crew and production team, Back in Time celebrates the original film, while showing that its level of success was unexpected.

Thirty years later, the film still has a legion of fans — and a serious number of acolytes. And scientists are still trying to create a working hoverboard.

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