Robert Zemeckis’
time-travel comedy Back to the Future – starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd – is the most successful film of the year and receives widespread critical acclaim.

The cult film is produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. Spielberg prevents Sid Sheinberg, head of Universal, from changing the film’s title to Spaceman From Pluto by sending Sheinberg a personal memo thanking him for his wonderful “joke memo”.

Due to the film’s box office appeal, two sequels are filmed back-to-back (which is quite unusual at that time): Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990).

Spielberg signs Back to the Future cinematographer Dean Cundey for  Jurassic Park (1993).

The Back to the Future franchise becomes an international phenomenon and remains immensely popular until today.

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