Classic Cinema: Back to the Future (1985) – By Jason S. Lockard

There has been rumors of either a fourth movie or a reboot of the classic Steven Spielberg trilogy Back to the Future. So over the next 3 months we are going to look back at the films of this time traveling adventure. Starting this month at the beginning with star of the month Micheal J. Fox.

Micheal J. Fox was born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis, an actress/payroll clerk, and William Fox, a police officer. Fox attended Burnaby Central Secondary School. At the age 15, starred in the Canadian television series Leo and Me produced by the CBC, and in 1979, at age 18, he moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career.

He soon found success and stardom playing the young republican Alex P. Keaton in the show Family Ties. During his time on the show he was cast as Marty McFly in the trilogy Back to the Future.

In the first film of the trilogy a Seventeen-year-old boy named Marty McFly with aspirations of being a rock star is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in a time machine built from a DeLorean; fueled by plutonium by eccentric scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown.

When he arrives in 1955 he saves his teenage father from being hit bay a car, but in doing so his mother Lorraine falls in love with him “the Florance Nightingale syndrome”. His job to get his mother and father to fall in love, while the 1955 Doc Brown manages a plan to harness lightning to power the plutomium depleded DeLorean and get Marty Back to the Future.

After filming back to the future he would go on to star in Teen Wolf, Light of Day, The secret of my Success. In 1996 to 2002 he starred in ABC’s comedy Spin City. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He become an advocate for research toward finding a cure. On March 5, 2010 he started Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Fox has mainly worked as a voice-over actor in films such as Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He also is a best selling author. His bravery to face this dreaded disease and never giving up hope is an inspiration to everyone. From Golden Globe awards, Emmy Awards, People’s Choice awards, Screen actor’s guild awards, Saturn awards and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Micheal J. Fox is truly an inspiration.

Until next month when we check out the second in the trilogy this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a great film check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence and adult language
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: Adventure / Scifi / Comedy
Length: 116 Minutes
Released: 1985
Rating: A