Study Guide

Back to the Future Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

  • We open on a blue screen. There is a white box and some words…oh, hold up. This is the MPAA rating. Totally not part of the movie.
  • Here we go. The screen is dark. There is a ticking sound though, so… either we're in a roomful of clocks, or else we're going to have to diffuse a bomb.
  • Thank goodness—clocks. A lot of clocks. There are also radios, coffee machines and televisions coming on all by themselves.
  • Marty (our hero) arrives. He's got a skateboard, so we can assume he's pretty cool, because a skateboard is always a surefire sign of coolness. Sunglasses, denim jacket. Perfectly feathered hair. Oh, yeah. He's cool all right. He calls out for some "Doc" person, who isn't home.
  • After mortally wounding some of his friend's audio equipment, the phone rings… and it's Doc. Something about Marty meeting him at Twin Pines Mall at 1:15 am. Shady, but okay.