That Scene From ‘Back to the Future’ (1985)

“Hey, have you seen this movie? What did you think about THAT SCENE?!” We have all used that phrase at one point during our discussions of movies with the other person’s eyebrows raising, “Oh yea, THAT SCENE!” You go on to pick that memorable scene apart by listing what you loved or didn’t like, how it made you feel and the impression it left on you. 

In this series, we will do just that. We will take a scene from a movie and discuss its impact on us. Some of these scenes may be frightening, weird, iconic, controversial, hilarious and everything in between. Let us know your impression of the scene and the impact it left on you the first time you watched it down below in the comments. Enjoy!

 *Warning: May Contain Spoilers*

Movie: Back to the Future (1985)

Scene: Earth Angel and Johnny B. Goode


Director: Robert Zemeckis

Characters: Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Lorraine Baines (Lea Thompson), George McFly (Crispin Glover), Dixon (Courtney Gains) and Marvin Berry and the Starlighters.


It’s the night of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance and Marty’s last chance to fix history or be doomed. Everything has led up to this moment. Will Marty set history right?



Everybody in this scene nails their performances. For a hot minute you might think all is lost for Marty. But then BAM! George steps up and does what we all know should happen. Marty Pops back up and is rejuvenated. The band switching gears and following Marty’s lead is just awesome, and having Marvin call his cousin Chuck is just the icing on the cake.

I really love This version of Johnny B. Goode too.

What do you think of this scene? Did you find it intense and well done?

Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.