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Back to the Future stands test of time
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Forsyth County News

Often on the weekends, when I am folding clothes or experimenting with a recipe, I flip on the television and watch old movies.

And by old movies, I don’t mean the ones my parents used to call old. No, I mean movies from when I was a younger person — mainly the 1980s and ’90s.

A few weeks ago, I found myself watching the 1985 blockbuster, “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox. I hadn’t planned on watching the movie, but once I started, I knew I had to see the whole thing.

The movie’s executive producer was Steven Speilberg and it was directed by Robert Zemeckis. Did you know the movie was the highest grossing movie in 1985 ($383 million), and arguably one of the most iconic film trilogies of all time?

Apparently, several studios didn’t “get it,” and didn’t even want to make the movie.

As for Fox, he was deep into his day job on the hit TV show “Family Ties,” one of my favorites from back in the day.

In order to keep up his daytime job, much of “Back to the Future” was filmed at night.

I was in college when the movie came out (dating myself there). Before actually seeing it, I thought it sounded really silly. I waited quite a while before breaking down and going to the theater.

The movie gets your attention from the very beginning and holds you the entire time. There are so many clever lines and scenes — even when it may seem “cheesy,” the movie keeps you laughing and engaged.

To refresh your memory, Michael J. Fox is Marty McFly, and he finds himself accidentally transported back to the 1950s, before his parents met.

Marty needs help. He must first convince Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) that he is truly from the ’80s. 

Lloyd is hilarious when he refuses to believe Marty and says, “Really? Then who is the president?” Marty replies, “Ronald Reagan,” to which Lloyd richly replies, “The actor? Right. I suppose Jane Wyman is first lady.” So funny.

I also love the scene when Marty is at his future mother’s home having dinner, and the family is super excited about their new TV set. One of the children asks Marty if he has one and he says he has two.

The family laughs and says, “No family has two television sets!” Wow. Things sure have changed since the 1950s.

I know people who have televisions in nearly every room of the house. One friend has a flat screen in her bathroom.

At the end of the movie, after Marty is safely transported “back to the future,” Doc leaves to go to the year 2015. It is so amusing remembering how back then, we all thought 2015 would be so futuristic.

I suppose when you consider our technological advancements — with electronics and medicine, among others — we are living in a much more futuristic environment.

Still, there are no flying cars or saucers around. There are, however, drones. So perhaps we are closer than I first thought.

If you haven’t seen “Back to the Future” in years — or ever — it is worth the time.

In light of so many movies that are “new,” it is almost sad that we have to go back 30 years to find something worth watching.


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at