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Small Details From The 'Back To The Future' Trilogy That Fans Uncovered

List RulesVote up the most impressive details you missed the first time around.

Ever since a young high school student named Marty McFly traveled back in time in 1985, the Back to the Future series has been one of the most beloved and rewatched science-fiction comedy series ever made. There have been three feature films, an animated series, a Universal Studios ride, comics, and so much more. Back to the Future is one of those series that people just enjoy watching, and it's packed with incredible yet small details.

Most fans tend to watch the movie and gloss over a detail or two, but some are more attentive. When those fans find something fascinating, they often take to the MovieDetials subreddit to share their findings, and the most interesting are listed below.

Take a look at these small details from the Back to the Future trilogy that fans noticed, and when you come across one you haven't seen before, go ahead and give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    46 VOTES

    "Mad Dog" Tannen Insulted Marty When He Met Him

    Redditor u/BeaversAndButtholes noted that "Mad Dog's" words were chosen with purpose:

    In Back to the Future Part III (1990), Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen asks Marty McFly "What's your name, dude?" In the 19th century, 'dude' was an insult. It was used to refer to dandies; city dwellers who dressed in fancy clothes and who came west to their "dude ranches," or rich hobby farms.

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    84 VOTES

    There's A Difference Between The Band And The Man Himself

    There's a reason Marty plays the music he does in the first film, and as Redditor u/gummibear1985 noted, it was all about the late, great Eddie Van Halen:

    In Back to the Future (1985) when Marty McFly scares George McFly into following his plan, the cassette he plays him is labeled as "Edward Van Halen." This is because the band denied the filmmakers' request to use their music, but Eddie Van Halen himself agreed to perform some licks.

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  • 7
    42 VOTES

    George's Choice Of Beverage Changed, Thanks To Marty

    Redditor u/EffortlessCool noted that George's preferences changed, thanks to his son's intervention 30 years in the past:

    In Back to the Future (1985) before Marty travels back and changes the past, helping his father gain self-confidence, George drinks Miller Lite. When Marty returns to 1985 the more confident, richer George now drinks Miller High Life the "Champagne of Beers."

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    50 VOTES

    Marty's Audition Should Have Gone Much Better

    When Marty auditioned at the beginning of the first movie, he really should have done better, as noted by Redditor u/hopefullwonderer:

    In Back To The Future when Marty auditions for the school dance, he plays "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & The News. Huey Lewis is the judge that tells him he’s “just too darn loud.”

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