On this day in history, 1985, a time-travel comedy that would become a classic–Back to the Future–was released in theaters.
Produced by Steven Spielberg and released on July 3, 1985, Back to the Future starred Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. Marty is sent back in time to 1955 by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to fix history and then get “back to the future” of 1985.
The movie was written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and directed by Zemeckis. Originally, actor Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the part of Marty McFly, and filmed for a few weeks before the original choice of the crew, Michael J. Fox, was brought on board for the role.
The film was a massive success, making over $350 million on a budget of just under $20 million. This made Back to the Future the most successful film of 1985. Two sequels would be filmed back-to-back and released in 1989 and 1990.
The trilogy of films also inspired an animated series and several video games.