Back to the future: the little detail that spoils the end from the intro scene

As “Back to the Future” is available again on Netflix, have you noticed that one of the clocks in the intro scene of the first installment more or less revealed the movie’s ending?

Back to the future: the little detail that spoils the end from the intro scene
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We are in 1985, at the very beginning of Back to the Future. A few seconds before Marty arrives at Doc’s place, the scientist’s home gradually reveals itself to the viewer through a long traveling shot. Largely inspired by Robert Zemeckis by the opening of The Time Machine (directed by George Pal in 1960), this foreground takes us through a veritable forest of clocks which all display 7:53 am.

In addition to this peculiarity – which moreover required meticulous preparation on the set, in order to strike all the clocks exactly at the same time – the sequence also offers the most attentive spectators a huge clue on the outcome of Back to the future. In the middle of the different clocks, we can indeed see the photograph of a character hanging on the large hand of a clock, exactly like Doc at the end of the film, who will find himself suspended at the top of the town hall for allow Marty to go home.

Back to the future: the little detail that spoils the end from the intro scene

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As discerning moviegoers will no doubt have noted, the photo in question is above all a reference to the silent film Monte on it, directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor in 1923, and in which Harold Lloyd found himself in this vertiginous situation. However, by rediscovering Back to the Future, when we stop for a few seconds on this precise image with the end of the film already in mind, we cannot believe for a single moment in a coincidence.

Robert zemeckis Would he have had fun teasing his climax from his first sequence? After all, isn’t that still a nice way to have fun with time?

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