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Back to the Future... The Ride (1991)

Unrated | | Short, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Video 2 May 1991
Sitting in a flying DeLorean, the audience gets rocked when traveling through several times.

Director:

Douglas Trumbull
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown
Thomas F. Wilson ... Biff Tannen
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Visitors to the "Institute of Future Technology" enter what they believe to be a tour of the facilities, but instead get involved in a chase through time to recover a time-machine stolen by Biff Tannen. Written by Steven Hunter <hunters@coral.indstate.edu>

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Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Назад в будущее... Поездка See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

Replaced by The Simpsons Ride (2008) at Universal Studios. See more »

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During one of the preflight videos Doc Brown mentions to the test subjects that Biff Tannen graduated Hill Valley High class of 1955. However, since Back to the Future clearly stated that he was still in school in November of 1955 the soonest he would have graduated was class of 1956. See more »

Quotes

Biff Tannen: [after short-circuiting the lab, and trapping Doc in his own office, he knocks] Hello! Hello! Dr. Brown!
Doc Brown: Biff! How in the blazes did you get here?
Biff Tannen: [revealing the tied up scientists] Why don't you ask these bozos?
Institute Scientist: [Biff removes the tape off of the scientist's mouth] Dr. Brown. Our team was conducting an experiment back in 1955.
Female IFT Scientist: He must have stowed away!
Biff Tannen: Hey! I'm not the one to pass on a free ride!
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Crazy Credits

Because this is presented as a ride "experience" and not a film, no credits are shown on screen. However, "directed by Douglas Trumball", "Music by Alan Silvestri", "Special Effects by ILM" and several other credits are posted on a plaque near the exit to the ride. See more »

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Definitely will be a remembered classic...
8 July 2008 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

There was an interesting paradox taking place as the Back to the Future ride got older and more dated, and as I got older and the ride, like all rides, lost some of that childish excitement. The first time I rode it was in the early 90s when I was maybe 12 or 13 years old and I was absolutely thrilled. After that I didn't ride it again until maybe two years ago, nearly 15 years after my first ride. Between 2004 and 2007 I lived in Culver City and then Venice Beach, so after years of living in northern California I was finally near Universal Studios (Hollywood) again, one of my childhood favorites, so I immediately snatched up a year pass each year (since they were basically giving them away and probably still are) and returned to my favorite movie magic place in the world.

But the interesting thing about the Back to the Future ride is that even though it's not as wildly thrilling as it was when I was a kid, and even though it's not nearly as technologically advanced as most of the other rides at Universal Studios or Disneyland or even Magic Mountain, when you walk in, it is (or was, before it closed) still hosted by all of the original cast from the movies, and it really takes you back to the time when the movies were released because the characters are the same.

Sadly, I imagine the ride doesn't have a lot of repeat riders, it's just one of those rides that you usually ride once, maybe twice, and then move on. Not like other rides that you can ride over and over again and are still fun and exciting, like the Jurassic Park water ride and the Indiana Jones ride, as a couple of Universal Studios examples.

Personally the Studio Tour will always be my favorite attraction at Universal Studios, even though it is evolving away from it's glory days (when it was centered around things like the Jaws scare and the Back to the Future courthouse set and the Psycho house and the elaborate and classic King Kong and earthquake experiences) and is integrating more modern but less impressive attractions, like the War of the Worlds plane crash site and a genuinely ridiculous Fast and the Furious thing with dancing cars. What a joke.

But then again, it is important to keep the attractions up to date, and no matter how good the Back to the Future movies were and how sad it is to see part of their legacy being removed from the park, you gotta keep people coming back. I just hope the Simpsons ride is good, and more important, from now on can we keep the Fast and the Furious and other such nonsense on the sidelines where they belong?


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