Back to the future in 10 locations

A cult saga from the 1980s, Back to the Future has left its mark on everyone's mind. Discover the 10 must-see filming locations.

Back to the Future: 3 films, 10 locations

Name of Zeus! If you’re looking for Marty’s house, the Two Pine Walk, which will become the Lone Pine Walk, or Hill Valley High School, you’ve come to the right place.

McFly Family House

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) lives in this house with his family. At first little furnished, it becomes a nice residence over the course of the saga and after several trips in time of the character … Built in 1954, the house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is valued at more than $530,000. Far from the crazy theories of choosing the speed of 88 miles per hour for time travel, Bob Gale, the screenwriter, explained that he chose the number 88 for two reasons. The first is that it is high enough to discourage some fans wanting to reproduce the scene, the second was that it is easy to remember.

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Hill Valley High School

This real high school lent its façade and campus to embody that of Hill Valley. Founded in 1900, the school’s alumni include Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, and John Lasseter, the founder of Pixar Animation Studios. Another president is featured in the film, Ronald Reagan. The lines about the incumbent president had to be approved by the White House to verify that they did not contain anything offensive. On the contrary, Ronald Reagan loved the feature film, even going so far as to quote the very last line, “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” during the State of the Union Speech in 1986.

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Twin Pines Mall

It was here that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) joined his friend Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) at 1:15 a.m. on October 26, 1985. The young man witnesses a great discovery, the journey through time. On board the DeLorean, Doc’s dog Einstein becomes the first living being to travel back in time. Still, this scene caused some scares during the test screening. Everyone thought the dog was dead, like Marty’s character. They were reassured a few minutes later.

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Hill Valley Place

Whether in 1985, 1955, 2015 or 1885, the town hall square, with its famous clock struck by lightning, is a constant in the saga. Located in Universal Studios, the building is a survivor. Threatened by fire in 1990 and 2008, the building still stands. In the third opus, the country band is interpreted by much more rock ‘n roll characters, the ZZ Top!

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Doc Emmett Brown’s House

Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), in 1955, lives in this splendid mansion. The garage is seen as a laboratory, which later also served as a residence when the huge residence was destroyed by the flames. In reality, the cabin seen near the Burger King at 535 North Victory Boulevard in Burbank in 1985 is a setting, faithfully replicating the shelter adjacent to the house. Called The Gamble House, it was built in 1908 for David B. Gamble, co-founder of the multinational Procter and Gamble.

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This tunnel appears twice in the film. A first when Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) goes to the dancing magic of the mermaids, a second when he and Marty (Michael J. Fox) fight to keep the precious almanac of sports. This is the second time Robert Zemeckis has come to this tunnel for one of his films. The first being Who Framed Roger Rabbit? A simple passage on the road leading to Griffith Observatory, the Mt Hollywood Tunnel has been repeatedly immortalized in cinema.

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Hill Valley Station (1885)

Marty (Michael J. Fox) and Doc (Christopher Lloyd) seek to return to the future. They have the idea to use the train as a thruster and reach the 88 miles per hour. They use a locomotive, number 131. A permanent resident of Railtown 1897 State Historical Park, at the very location where the Hill Valley scenes were filmed in 1885, the machine is actually a Sierra Railway 3, also known as The Movie Star. Indeed, it was used in many productions such as Bonanza, Petticoat Junction or Kansas Pacific.

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Peabody Farm

In 1985 it was a huge shopping mall, in 1955 it was the Peabody family ranch. The obsession of this farmer (Will Hare) is to grow pine trees, but he only manages to get two. When Marty (Michael J. Fox) arrives in the past, he flees the farmer’s property and destroys one. On his return to the future, the walk of the two pines becomes that of the lonely pine, a consequence of this little trip. Among the actors of the saga, the one playing Douglas J. Needles is one of the most remarkable. Named Michael Peter “Flea” Balzary, he is one of the founding members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and was named second best bassist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, behind John Entwistle, the bassist of The Who. The musician also distinguished himself in Las Vegas Parano, The Big Lebowski and Psycho. In the third part, it is ZZ Top’s turn to make a name for itself by performing the group of musicians at the town fair in 1885.

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Biff Tannen’s House

Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) the antagonist of Back to the Future, lives in this house with his grandmother. Back in 1955, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) had to meet Biff Tannen to steal the sports almanac. Globally, the second installment grossed $331 million. In 2020, the house was estimated at over $1.2 million.

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Marty and Jennifer’s House (2015)

Marty (Michael J. Fox) and Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) live in this Hilldale neighborhood house in 2015. A once chic residence, which has become a cut-throat over the years. The filming of Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III took place at the same time in 1989. If in the film the house is no longer worth anything, in reality it was estimated at $549,977 in 2020.

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, September 27, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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