History Film / BackToTheFuture

19th Mar '17 2:16:19 PM BDA1978
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The Libyan terrorists speak vaguely Arabic-sounding gibberish.

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The Libyan terrorists speak vaguely Arabic-sounding gibberish. They do pepper it with accented English though.


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** It also tips Doc off that changing the natural course of time isn't the catastrophe he feared it would be, and he later tapes up and reads Marty's letter.
15th Mar '17 11:22:38 AM eneuman96
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A prominent plot point in the sequels is that Marty intensely dislikes being called a "chicken" and that this insult can be used to manipulate him into doing reckless things. This character trait never shows up in the first movie.
7th Mar '17 12:18:04 PM TheLyniezian
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* PoliceAreUseless: Aside from AttemptedRape (though to be fair, the film doesn't imply that anyone ever called the cops about it) above, Biff in 1955 also makes multiple threats of assault throughout the movie, and in one scene attempts to commit MURDER, and nobody even seems to think that he's doing anything illegal. Some of this is slightly justified by bullying not being taken anywhere near as seriously in the 50s as it is today.

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* PoliceAreUseless: PoliceAreUseless:
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Aside from AttemptedRape (though to be fair, the film doesn't imply that anyone ever called the cops about it) above, Biff in 1955 also makes multiple threats of assault throughout the movie, and in one scene attempts to commit MURDER, and nobody even seems to think that he's doing anything illegal. Some of this is slightly justified by bullying not being taken anywhere near as seriously in the 50s as it is today.today.
** The one time a cop is shown on screen, he's doing nothing more than enquiring about the Doc's little "weather experiment" and whether the Doc has a permit (a deleted scene reveals the Doc bribes him to look the other way).
16th Feb '17 9:56:53 AM jamespolk
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For tropes found throughout the trilogy, like MisterSandmanSequence, see the Franchise page, Franchise/BackToTheFuture. For tropes specific to this film, see below.
29th Jan '17 3:53:38 PM Composerguy
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* BrickJoke: Within the first half-hour of the film, Marty is sent back in time while speeding through the parking lot of Twin Pines Mall. Within minutes of arriving in 1955, he drives the time machine through and destroys one of the two pine trees growing on the land of the farmer that owned the plot in that time. At the climax of the film, Marty returns to the mall parking lot, where the sign indicates it is now known as "Lone Pine Mall".
13th Jan '17 12:52:42 PM fallenleader123
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* FacePlant: When Marty makes some small talk with 1955!Lorraine, Lorraine's mother calls them down, causing Lorraine to tussle around to avoid Marty getting into a CaughtWithYourPantsDown scenario. This is the result.
6th Jan '17 7:34:12 AM TrueBlue170
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--->'''Marty:''' HOLY ''SHIT!''
24th Dec '16 3:47:19 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Doc Brown's expression when he realizes Marty is being truthful about being from the future doubles as an ExplainExplainOhCrap.
24th Dec '16 3:44:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* TheBully: Biff has clearly become [[UrExample one of the most iconic examples]] in Film.


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* MilesGloriosus: Uh, Biff. For a sadist whom everyone was afraid of, he had a ''really'' bad glass jaw.
20th Dec '16 4:38:35 PM Lanes17B
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** A small one but, Twin Pines mall becomes Lone Pine mall.
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