“But the point of the scene is, Doc Brown is the one that is supposed to go back in time. Until the terrorists show up, and we have the big chase scene, and Marty is the one that goes back in time accidentally. So that’s the genius of the scene!” says screenwriter David H. Steinberg (Slackers, American Pie 2) when he sat down with Matt Edwards to discuss the rare perfect script of Back to the Future on The Rear View Podcast.
Steinberg sheds light on how Back to the Future (written Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and directed by Zemeckis) builds up enough goodwill with the audience that by the time the third act rolls around, the audience cheers in their seat with Doc Brown’s improbable zip-line flight to the rescue. The film is 30 years old this year and with a script, cast and production as perfect as you can get, it’s really… timeless.