NEW YORK (AP/CBS 2) — It was the 80s all over again at the Waldorf Astoria in Midtown on Monday. The stars from “Back To The Future” reunited to celebrate the hit film’s 25th anniversary.
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Michael J. Fox joined fellow cast members Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson to reminisce about the movie that launched a cultural phenomenon.
“It doesn’t feel like 25 years. It doesn’t feel that long,” Fox said. “But I’m shocked at how big the film is. But on the other hand I understand why people relate to it.”
“It’s just really entertaining and it’s timeless,” the director of the film, Robert Zemeckis, said.
Fox said the 1985 film gave him worldwide notoriety and that he could “walk down the street in Bangkok” and hear “Marty McFly!”
“It made me really famous,” Fox said. “I had success back with “Family Ties” and then to just have this success in film was not expected and it’s just great. It’s been a great ride ever since.”
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. He no longer acts regularly, but will appear on an upcoming episode of “The Good Wife” on CBS.
In the film, Fox played a teen named Marty McFly who travels back in time to 1955 in a Delorean car that worked as a time machine. He meets his parents who have not yet started dating. McFly soon realizes his presence in the past throws everything off and he needs to make sure his parents fall in love or else he’ll never exist in the future.
Lloyd, who played Doctor Emmett Brown, mostly referred to as “Doc”, says he’s still approached by fans of the film 25 years later.
“So many times they come up and say that they have a child of their own whose 6, 7, 8 years old whose seen it for the first time and is wild about it. Watches it over and over again along with their parents you know so it’s special.”
“Back to the Future” was the most successful film of 1985, grossing more than $380 million worldwide. Two sequels, “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III,” were released back-to-back in 1989 and 1990.
To mark the 25th anniversary of “Back to the Future,” the trilogy is coming to Blu-Ray for the first time and includes never-before-seen footage. It goes on sale Tuesday.