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See List of references to Back to the Future for movies and television shows that depicted an homage to Back to the Future.
- In Part I:
- The opening scene of clocks in Doc Brown's laboratory. In commentary to the DVD, Gale said "I should mention that the clocks are either an homage, or a rip-off, of the opening of the The Time Machine, which starts with a whole bunch of clocks as well." The red, green and yellow lights of the time display were also an homage to the 1960 film.
- According to Gale, the scene of Einstein being placed behind the steering wheel of the DeLorean at the mall was "an homage to Disney's The Shaggy Dog".
- Gale said that "November 5 happens to be my father's birthday. My father, I think, believes to this day that this is a great homage to him. It was just the right day with the right day of the week to make the thing work with the script."
- The CRM-114 amplifier has the same number as the B-52 from Dr. Strangelove (1962).
- Other scenes in Back to the Future that seem to be an homage to another film, or to a particular person, include:
- Sam Baines yelling "Stella!!!" in a fashion similar to Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Marty McFly playing the guitar and imitating the styles of Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young (of AC/DC), Eddie Van Halen, and other artists. Eddie van Halen himself made a contribution to the film by composing the guitar music specifically on request of Robert Zemeckis for the "Darth Vader" scene.
- In Part II
- Gale speculates, the poster advertising "Surf Vietnam" was a set decorator's homage to Apocalypse Now.
- Marty McFly Jr.'s line of "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" was spoken by Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy.
- The nightmarish vision of the alternative Hill Valley of 1985A is reminiscent of "Pottersville", the alternate Bedford Falls in It's A Wonderful Life.
- Homage is paid to Clint Eastwood in both Part II and Part III.
- In Part III
- Many of the episodes of the Animated Series included a scene or a plot twist that harked back to the film trilogy
- "Forward to the Past" evokes Part II, when the timeline is altered and has to be repaired.
- "Witchcraft" and "Roman Holiday" have a Tannen falling into manure, an homage to all three films.
- "Roman Holiday" brings back Marty's weakness of having to prove that he isn't "chicken".
- "Go Fly a Kite" and "Gone Fishin'" have someone hanging from the hands of a clock, as in Part I.
- "Dickens of a Christmas" and "My Pop's an Alien" revive Marty's stunt of waking up a sleeping person to frighten them into doing something, which Marty did as an alien in Part I'; thus, Marty pretends to be the a Dickensian Christmas ghost to scare Ebiffnezer Tannen, and Marty and the boys don beekeeper outfits to scare Biff in 1967.
- Marty and the Pinheads, seen in Part I, perform music in Retired" and the effort is interrupted.
- Back to the Future: the Game
- From Episode 1 to Episode 5, one of Marty's chosen alias' in 1931 is Harry Callahan from the film Dirty Harry (Who was played by Clint Eastwood).
- In Episode 3, George mentions that Dave left Hill Valley to work at a big city newspaper. Marc McClure, the actor who played Dave portrayed Jimmy Olsen (who worked for the Daily Planet newspaper) in all 4 installments of the Superman films (1978-1987) and Supergirl.