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Back to the Future Delorean

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Back to the future should be remembered for it’s wonderfully scripted zany plot. As if speeding along the tarmac at a shopping mall at breakneck speed (#88 mph) in a #DeLorean converted into a time machine and powered by plutonium stolen from Libyan terrorists, the brain-child of an eccentric - ok - crazy scientist Doc Brown is not enough, imagine finding yourself back in 1955 where you meet your own parents in high school as teenagers only to have your mother, in some perverse inversion of the oedipal complex, get a crush on you!

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Only to find that you have no plutonium to get you back to 1985. All the while as an aspiring guitarist you wow the 1955 high school prom with a rock ‘n roll rendition of Johnny B Goode, Inception style kicking off the rock and roll revolution! That is the predicament Michael J Fox in his most quintessential role as Marty McFly finds himself in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Back to the Future.This movie became the highest grossing movie of 1985.

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The invention of Director Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale the script was originally rejected until Steven Spielberg agreed to produce it for Universal Studios. Michael J Fox almost didn’t make it as he was contracted to the series Family Ties (remember that, of course not) at that time.

After trying out another actor for the role it was clearly seen that only Michael J Fox could do justice to the role of Marty McFly and so an agreement was reached with Family Tie producers to make Michael’s schedule more flexible so that he had sufficient time for both projects. For that all fans of the series are very grateful. The movie and the subsequent sequels have a cult following.

Immortalised, The Doc and Marty McFly

Immortalised, The Doc and Marty McFly

This movie became the highest grossing movie of 1985. The invention of Director Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale the script was originally rejected until Steven Spielberg agreed to produce it for Universal Studios. Michael J Fox almost didn’t make it as he was contracted to the series Family Ties (remember that, of course not) at that time.

After trying out another actor for the role it was clearly seen that only Michael J Fox could do justice to the role of Marty McFly and so an agreement was reached with Family Tie producers to make Michael’s schedule more flexible so that he had sufficient time for both projects. For that all fans of the series are very grateful. The movie and the subsequent sequels have a cult following.

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However for every petrol head and perhaps everyone else too, the film is most well known, not for all it’s 1985 accolades but for the DeLorean time machine. The back to the future DeLorean certainly played a large part in the success of the movie. Who could forget the “flux capacitor”, Seven DeLorean cars were used in the three Back to the Future movies. Six were bought for the production and then converted into time machines and it is believed that only three of them still survive today.

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The original DeLorean #DMC-12 is the only model produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. It is a mid engined sports car with gull wing doors and a stainless steel body, and a v6 from, guess who? #Volvo!

Such was the success of the trilogy that the DeLorean time machine went on tour of Japan. Later it was displayed in Universal Studios but time and the elements took their toll. One hero DeLorean time machine used in all three movies was restored and was on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California for a while. The car was subsequently sold at auction and now is in a private collection in New England where it is exhibited from time to time to Back to the Future fans.

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Spoiler Alert

The DeLorean that was spectacularly hit by a train at the end of Back to the Future 3 was a stunt car that was used for all three movies. The car was cut up and rigged with explosives and destroyed violently on set however in the true spirit of merchandising, the body parts were reassembled after filming and for a number of years was suspended from the ceiling at Planet Hollywood Honolulu in Hawaii until it closed in 2010. Whatever happened to them?

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Universal Studios had several additional DeLorean time machines made for the studio theme park, Back to the Future – The Ride which ended in 2007. These vehicles along with other vehicles from the series were part of Universal Studios Back to the Future world tour in the 90s.

Back to the future won several awards: the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation; Saturn award for best Science Fiction Film and Academy Award for Best Sound Effects as well as five Bafta nominations, four Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture (Musical Comedy).

It was even mentioned in the State of the Union Address. However, it’s that car, the immortal gullwing silhouette of the Back to the Future Delorean that is most enduring. The Delorean itself, thanks largely to its lumpen Volvo v6 was never a great performer, always looking a lot faster than it really was.

However there is hope that we might yet see a new Delorean with go to match the show as in 2013 the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company who owns the DMC brand name and also maintains a huge stockpile of original, factory parts announced it would be making a limited release New Delorean with an electric powerplant. Imagine that, Tesla style performance in that stunning iconic shape!

Even Will.I.Am tried his hand at having one made...

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#movie-cars #moviecar #film-cars #filmcars

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