Various setbacks, including numerous rejections and re-casting Marty McFly halfway through filming, meant that the ‘80s movie almost never happened — but the stars (and DeLoreans) aligned, making Back To The Future an Academy Award winner, Golden Globe winner, and the highest-grossing film of 1985.
Reflecting on the adventure movie in an interview with the Directors Guild of America, Zemeckis said, “Bob [Gale] and I knew our screenplay was really, really good, even though everybody rejected it, numerous times. It was just so tight, the kind of thing that I love. Everything is set up, everything is paid off.”
He continued, “There’s only one scene you could argue isn’t propelling either plot or character, which is when the movie stops for Michael to play ‘Johnny B. Goode.’ But every line of dialogue, every beat, every cut, every shot is doing what movies are supposed to do, which is propelling the plot or establishing character. There’s not a single extraneous frame.”
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