No, 'Back To the Future' Doesn't Have a Giant Plot Hole

Back to the Future
A viral Twitter thread causes 'Back to the Future' writer Bob Gale to respond. 

Last week, one of the biggest trends on social media was picking 5 films you thought were perfect. Many people responded with Back to the Future, but writer and director James Gunn pointed out that while he thought the movie was still perfect, there was a big plot hole. 

Many people responded by agreeing with Gunn. 

But they all were wrong. 

Screenwriter of Back to the Future, Bob Gale, came in to sound off. 

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gale said, “Bear in mind that George and Lorraine only knew Marty/Calvin for 8 days when they were 17, and they did not even see him every one of those 8 days," explained Gale. “So, many years later, they still might remember that interesting kid who got them together on their first date.”

To me, that's a mic drop moment. 

And other screenwriters chimed in as well. 

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Gale continued to say, "If you had no photo reference, after 25 years, you’d probably have just a hazy recollection," said Gale. He concluded by stating that even if George and Lorraine noticed some resemblance between Calvin and their teenaged son, they would probably chalk it up to coincidence. “It wouldn’t be a big deal,” he confirmed.

For me, that ends the debate. 

That, and the fact that they saw Marty grow up and at some point, his face would be ingrained in their memory as their son, probably not some drifter they saw for a few hours all those years ago.      

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Add in the fact that he didn't just appear as the same age he was when he went back. He was a baby and they would have watched him change and grow gradually, thus negating the impact of 'recognising him'.

April 28, 2020 at 2:27PM, Edited April 28, 2:27PM


To me, that's a mic drop moment.

April 29, 2020 at 6:53AM, Edited April 29, 6:53AM

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The Raiders criticism doesn't hold water either. The Nazis in attendance at the ceremony would have had their faces melted, but they were still on a Nazi base with a submarine and the Ark would have still ended up in the hands of Hitler and the Nazis. How Indy got the Ark off the island is never shown, but if he wasn't there, the Americans wouldn't have it. In the original script, Kasdan wrote a sequence where Indy and Marion escape the island with the ark in a mine car and after a brief chase wind up on a boat watching the island sink, probably to address the above criticism. They cut that and used the mine car chase in the sequel.

April 29, 2020 at 11:15AM, Edited April 29, 11:15AM