McFly family photograph

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The family photograph with Dave fading away.

"Pretty mediocre photographic fakery, they cut off your brother's hair."
—Doc to Marty

The McFly family photograph was a photograph of the three children of George McFly and Lorraine Baines McFly. From left stood Dave McFly, Marty McFly, and Linda McFly. Marty kept a copy of the photo in his wallet and referred to it when he was stuck in 1955 to prove to Emmett Brown that he was from the future. Doc noted that it must have been fake as Dave's head had disappeared from the photo after Marty's run-in with his parents.

Throughout the week, Marty kept tabs on the photo as his brother and sister completely disappeared, with him to follow. Just as Mark Dixon pushed George away from Lorraine to cut in at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, Marty's image began to fade, and soon after Marty's own hand. However, upon George's swift recovery, his parents kissed, and the photo was completely restored.

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Behind the scenes

  • A poster sized version of the photograph can be seen on the wall of Marty's bedroom in Back to the Future. As with the poster for Huey Lewis's album, Sports, one can only glimpse it for a few seconds on film. It is hanging on the wall over his bed.
  • In the DVD commentary for the film, writer Bob Gale acknowledged the lack of logic as to why the McFly siblings were disappearing gradually from photo, instead of all at once, or why the photo itself was not disappearing (since it would almost certainly have not been taken if the three people in it did not exist).


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