“Back to the Future” celebrated its 30th anniversary Wednesday at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square in Manhattan with a red carpet complete with a DeLorean and favorite stars from the iconic trilogy. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson took to the carpet on Oct. 21, 2015, the very day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future.
Tech talk abounded on the carpet. Co-creator and writer Bob Gale sighed over the opportunity to have cold fusion technology power his house and car. Donald Fullilove, who played Goldie Wilson, wished for flying cars. “I’m a pilot,” he said, “I would love to just pull out of my garage and get airborne.”
Fox got candid about his time in costume playing his own on-screen daughter Marlene. “I think I got hit on by a guard at Universal,” he quipped.
“Back to the Future’s” impact spans beyond pop culture. Lloyd talked about his experience with fans. “It’s amazing how many people said to me that a movie they saw when they were adolescents had solved a problem of career choice. They saw the movie and wanted to be astrophysicists, engineers, or doctors.”
Thompson spoke about the power the trilogy has to bring families together. “It’s something to share with your family because you can show your kids what the 80s were or the grandparents can show what the 50s were like,” she said.
As the crowds cheered for Marty McFly thirty years later, Fox said, “It surprised me about fifteen years ago when I realized it was going to last and it’s lasted now all these years – it’s a part of their lives and that’s an amazing privilege. You don’t get that many chances to make that kind of connection.”
Also in attendance were Claudia Wells, Huey Lewis and composer Alan Silvestri.
After the red carpet, a Q&A was held in the auditorium for fans before a screening of “Back to the Future II” to celebrate the “Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy” available on Blu-ray and DVD.