Friday Flashback: BACK TO THE FUTURE’s Two Jennifers

Despite an ending that promised more adventures, Back To The Future was never intended to be the first installment in a series of films. But as is the way of Hollywood, the film’s resounding box office success had director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale found themselves using the original film’s ending of Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) taking Marty (Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend Jennifer (Claudia Wells) to the future to help their future children as the logical starting point for Part II.

There was just one problem, though. Actress Claudia Wells was unable to return to her role as she was taking care of her cancer-stricken mother.Casting Elisabeth Shue to take over the roll was the easy part out of the their dilemma. Recreating the first film’s closing moments for the new film’s opening ones was a little trickier. The clip below, in which someone has taken the two scenes and laid them side by side, shows that all involved did a pretty good job of replicating the end to the first film. And how about how both Fox’s and Lloyd’s performances are nearly identical though performed four years apart.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty years experience writing about film and pop culture.

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