Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Back to the Future

Remember when the Back to the Future films traveled to our time and the future was stunning?! Hover boards! Flying cars! Self tying shoes! Jaws 19! Those crazy shiny hats! And we totally did it right? You walk outside right now and it's all there, just waiting to be used! Nope. None of it. Well... we got the shiny hats? In any case, these movies make up one of the best film franchises ever and there are lots of fun facts from behind the scenes with Doc and Marty.

Regardless of our lack of hover boards we have achieved a lot and it's crazy to look back at this iconic '80s movie franchise that defined a generation. This franchise arguably handled time travel back then better than any other movies have in the 30 years since. The Back to the Future movies are funny and heartfelt, exciting and infinitely memorable, and one of the few film series that are, in a word, perfect.

We took a look back over these amazing films and all kinds of Back to the Future trivia you might not have known about them. Did you know Huey Lewis made a cameo in the first film, in addition to supplying the theme song? Or that Ronald Reagan and Clint Eastwood were both huge fans? Or that Johnny Depp auditioned for Marty McFly? All this and more awaits you below! Fire up the flux capacitor and get ready to upvote the most interesting behind the scenes facts from the best time travel movies of all time! And when you're done, check out our list of all the problems with Back to the Future's plot.


  • Doc Brown and Lea Thompson Only Meet Once in the Whole Franchise

    When Lorraine follows Marty back to Doc's house, she and Doc exchange an awkward greeting. This marks the only on-screen dialogue that Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson ever exchange, though they have appeared together in five films and one TV movie.
  • Marty Throwing the Frisbee in 1885 Is Technically Accurate

    In Part III, Marty uses a Frisbie pie plate to knock a gun out of Mad Dog's hand. In 1871, the Frisbie Pie Company started in Connecticut. Their pie pans were thrown on the campus of Yale and eventually lead to the invention of Frisbees.

  • The Third Movie Uses Time Travel to Tie Seamlessly Into the First FIlm

    In Back to the Future, Doc tells Marty he was inspired to create the flux capacitor after hitting his head on the bathroom sink while trying to hang a clock over his toilet. In Back to the Future III, when Doc freaks out after seeing Marty in his house and runs into the bathroom, you can just see the clock hanging above the toilet he slipped on.
  • The Franchise Has a Very Heartfelt Origin

    The inspiration for the films largely stemmed from Bob Gale discovering his father's high school yearbook and wondering whether he would have been friends with his father as a teenager. 

  • ZZ Top Had an Impromptu Concert on the Set of Back to the Future III

    According to the book Billy Gibbons: Rock & Roll Gearhead, ZZ Top was hanging around the set and was asked to be the town band. During one take, the camera broke and while waiting for it to be repaired, Michael J. Fox asked if they would play "Hey Good Lookin'," which they did. Afterwards, more requests were played. Two hours later, someone inquired as to whether or not the camera had been repaired. Robert Zemeckis replied that it had been fixed for quite a while, he just didn't want to stop the party that had evolved.

  • Some Creative Writing in the Sequel May Have Helped a Plot Point in Back to the Future

    At the school dance, Biff is shown "spiking" the punch with alcohol. In Back to the Future, George is shown drinking the punch before confronting Biff in the parking lot. It may be that George's uncharacteristic courage in the original scene can be attributed to drinking Biff's spiked punch.