Picks and Pans Review: It's Been 25 Years! Back to the Future

updated 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dust off the DeLorean, crank up the Huey Lewis and hightail it to the clock tower. Everyone's favorite time-travel adventure turns 25.

Fire up the flux capacitor! Here's a blast from the past: It's been 25 years since Michael J. Fox drove a souped-up DeLorean back to 1955, met up with a younger version of the time machine's creator, Emmett Brown (the wild-eyed Christopher Lloyd), and attended high school with his parents in what director Robert Zemeckis considers his most "really out there" movie. It all started, says screenwriter Bob Gale, when he looked at his father's high school yearbook and wondered, "If I knew my dad back then, would I have been friends with him?" The rest was history. Then starring on TV's Family Ties, Fox stepped into the role of Marty McFly, replacing Eric Stoltz, who shot for a few weeks but didn't work out. Zemeckis recalls admiring Fox's comedic sense and tireless work ethic: "He would always say, 'I'll do better next time,' even when he did great." The movie grossed $381 million worldwide and led to two sequels, comic books and a cartoon series (25th-anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD versions are due out Oct. 26). Lea Thompson, who played teenage and age-progressed versions of Fox's mom, recalls cracking up "in that scene where [Fox] wakes up and I say, 'That's your name, isn't it? Calvin Klein? It's written all over your underwear,' and he trips on his pants and falls when my mom comes in. We had to do that in a few takes." She also misses removing her makeup (as the 30-years-older Lorraine) and looking 17. Now, at 49, she jokes, "I can't take it off anymore!"

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