Robert Zemeckis


Director, Producer
Robert Zemeckis

About

Also Known As
Robert Lee Zemeckis
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
May 14, 1952

Biography

With a flair for special effects and an impressive track record for eliciting strong performances, director Robert Zemeckis emerged from the University of Southern California's film school to become a potent filmmaking force in Hollywood. Though his first professional job was writing the script for Steven Spielberg's much-maligned World War II comedy "1941" (1979), Zemeckis staked his re...

Family & Companions

Mary Ellen Trainor
Wife
Actor. Appeared in several films directed by Zemeckis, including "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "Death Becomes Her" (1992); also acted in the TV series "Parker Lewis Can't Lose!", as Mrs. Lewis; other feature roles include the police psychiatrist in the three "Lethal Weapon" films; co-starred in TV series "Relativity" and had a recurring role on the WB series "Roswell"; separated c. 1997; divorced.
Leslie Harter
Wife
Actor. Eloped on December 4, 2001 in Venice, Italy.

Biography

With a flair for special effects and an impressive track record for eliciting strong performances, director Robert Zemeckis emerged from the University of Southern California's film school to become a potent filmmaking force in Hollywood. Though his first professional job was writing the script for Steven Spielberg's much-maligned World War II comedy "1941" (1979), Zemeckis staked his reputation as a hit maker with his third directing effort, "Romancing the Stone" (1984), which became a surprise box office success despite low expectations. But it was his next film, "Back to the Future" (1985) that cemented his place in Hollywood as a reliable director of both commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies. By this time, he was earning a reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology onscreen. Still, Zemeckis continued to churn out hits, including the two "Back to the Future" sequels, as well as the animated-live action hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988). He achieved esteemed status when he won an Academy Award for his exemplary drama, "Forrest Gump" (1994), which, along with "Back to the Future," became a high-water mark in his career. Zemeckis proved time and again with films like "Cast Away" (2000) and the groundbreaking "Polar Express" (2004) that he was capable of tackling challenging material while remaining commercially viable.

Born on May 14, 1951 in Chicago, IL, Zemeckis was raised in a working-class Catholic family where he had little, if any, exposure to the arts. His only education was through television, which informed him via Jerry Lewis being interviewed by Johnny Carson that there was such a thing as film school. By the time he was a junior in high school, he was making 8mm films with his family's home movie camera. After spending his first two years of college at Northern Illinois University, Zemeckis transferred to the University of Southern California to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in film. It was while attending USC that he met kindred spirit and future screenwriting partner Bob Gale, who shared Zemeckis' love of American cinema; a belief that stood in stark contrast to their peers' adulation of European art films. As a student, he earned his first acclaim by winning a Student Academy Award for the 14-minute short, "Field of Honor" (1973), which managed to catch the attention of USC alums John Milius and Steven Spielberg. The two offered both Zemeckis and Gale a development deal, which led to both writing the script for the critically lambasted World War II comedy, "1941" (1979), directed by Spielberg and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Prior to his first collaboration with Spielberg, he wrote the screenplay with Gale for his feature debut, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978), a cheeky musical comedy about three young girls (Nancy Allen, Wendie Jo Sperber and Theresa Saldana) trying to meet the Beatles before they go on their famed appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Zemeckis and Gale teamed up again for "Used Cars" (1980), a low-brow comedy about a hot-shot used car salesman (Kurt Russell) trying to save his lot from being taken over by his rival (Jack Warden). Despite occasionally inspired humor in both films, neither garnered much attention at the box office. But "Used Cars" did managed to attract Michael Douglas, who as producer and star, hired Zemeckis to helm "Romancing the Stone" (1984), an action comedy about a repressed romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) joining forces with a soldier of fortune (Douglas) to save her kidnapped sister from the jungles of South America. Despite troubles on the set and studio insiders believing the film would flop, "Romancing the Stone" became a surprise hit, allowing Zemeckis to make his next film - one of the biggest, most iconic movies of the 1980s.

With Gale producing and co-writing, Zemeckis directed the immensely popular, clever and surprisingly poignant "Back to the Future" (1985), an adventure comedy about Marty McFly, a 1980s teenager (Michael J. Fox) who is whisked back to 1955 via a time machine created by his mad scientist friend (Christopher Lloyd), only to inadvertently disrupt the moment his parents meet. With little time to spare, Marty must arrange for his parents to fall in love before his very existence is erased. Funny, genuine and full of exciting set pieces, "Back to the Future" was a monster hit for Zemeckis, while helping turn Fox into a bankable movie star. After writing and directing "Go to the Head of the Class," a darkly comic hour-long installment of Steven Spielberg's fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories" (NBC, 1985-87), Zemeckis directed "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), a technological breakthrough that seamlessly wedded animation with live action in a comedic fantasy about a down-and-out 1940s private eye (Bob Hoskins) who partners with a cartoon rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) to save Toon Town from the dark machinations of Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd). Hailed by critics and audiences, "Roger Rabbit" was another giant box office hit for the director.

Zemeckis returned to the well to direct "Back to the Future Part II" (1989), a less clever sequel that saw Marty McFly continue his time-jumping adventures, but this time, in the year 2015. Back on the small screen, he served as one of several high-profile executive producers on the long-running anthology series, "Tales from the Crypt" (HBO, 1989-1996), holding the position for the show's entire cable run. Meanwhile, he directed "Back to the Future Part II" (1990), the third and final installment to the franchise that actually started filming while he was still working on the second part. This time, Marty goes all the way back to the Old West of 1885 where he tries to save Doc Brown (Lloyd) from the villainous Tannen Gang. After writing with Gale the surprisingly hard-boiled action script for Walter Hill's riveting "Trespass" (1992), Zemeckis branched out into producing for network television, including the short-lived "Johnny Bago" (CBS 1993), as well as features like "The Public Eye" (1992). Zemeckis' next feature, "Death Becomes Her" (1992), was both a commercial and critical disappointment, though the special effects that helped transform Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep into indestructible zombies won an Academy Award.

Despite that disappointing effort, Zemeckis had perhaps the greatest triumph of his career with "Forrest Gump" (1994), a fanciful and often moving comedy-drama about a simple Southern man (Tom Hanks) with a low IQ who finds himself at the forefront of major events from the 1960s through the 1980s, all the while pining for the love of his childhood friend, Jenny (Robin Wright). Typically in love with special effects over the other elements of storytelling, Zemeckis proved to critics that he could also tackle a large-scale story that was held down by genuine human emotions. Adapted from the book by Winston Groom, "Forrest Gump" featured Hanks delivering one of his finest performance as a child-like man who teaches Elvis Presley how to dance, becomes a college football star, wins a Medal of Honor fighting in Vietnam, meets presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and starts a shrimp-catching business with his now legless Army sergeant (Gary Sinese). Not only was the film a huge box office and critical success, lines like "Stupid is as stupid does," and "Life is like a box of chocolates" entered into the cultural lexicon. But the film was not without its technical marvels; Zemeckis seamlessly inserted Hanks into archival footage, including having him watch the integration at the University of Alabama, while effectively making Sinese look like he did indeed lose his legs. Most importantly, "Forrest Gump" was lavished with numerous awards which culminated in six Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture and Best Director for Zemeckis.

Biding his time after such a monumental success, Zemeckis chose to wait nearly three years before helming his next project, the ponderous adaptation of Carl Sagan's "Contact" (1997). Despite terrific special effects, the film was bogged down addressing big themes like spirituality and technology that failed to translate well into clear storytelling. The pretentious tone alienated most reviewers while audiences were unable to fully embrace it. Zemeckis went another three years before directing his next feature. In that time, he turned to the small screen, participating in the documentary series, "In the 20th Century" by probing America's reaction to its vices in "Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: The Pursuit of Happiness" (Showtime, 1999).Through interviews with historians and drug treatment professionals, Zemeckis explored America' long-running relationship with various mind-altering substances. He returned to the big screen with two major films, starting with "What Lies Beneath" (2000), a tense thriller that clearly demonstrated both his strengths and weaknesses. While delivering on a visceral and technological sense, the pedestrian nature of the ghost-haunting thriller coupled with the histrionic performances from stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford helped turn the Hitchcockian thriller into a derivative wannabe.

Zemeckis' second film of that year, "Cast Away" (2000), was far more intriguing and ultimately successful. Joining forces again with "Forrest Gump" star Tom Hanks, Zemeckis took on the challenge of a story that had little dialogue in its second act to craft a critically-lauded drama that earned considerable praise, numerous awards and a hefty share of the box office. "Cast Away" told the tale of Chuck Noland (Hanks), a Federal Express systems analyst obsessed with time who survives a plane crash and awakens by himself on a deserted island, while his fiancé (Helen Hunt) wonders whether or not he is alive. Prior to Noland's ill-fated flight, Zemeckis did an excellent job of setting up the emotional stakes with his two main characters, while staging a harrowing, all-too-real crash sequence. The bulk of the film took place on the island, where Noland's only conversations were with a volleyball imprinted with his blood that he names Wilson. While the film could have easily devolved into a maudlin claptrap of a man longing for home, Zemeckis instead managed to draw another fine performance from Hanks while carefully balancing the survival drama with fear, regret and humor. The director's only mistake was overstepping in the third act with Noland's overly sentimental return to civilization. Still, "Cast Away" was one of the director's finer dramatic efforts, earning Hanks another Oscar nod and netting over $400 million worldwide.

Following "Cast Away," Zemeckis settled into the role of producer while taking a step back from directing to shepherd projects like "Thir13en Ghosts" (2001), "Ghost Ship" (2002), "Matchstick Men" (2003) and "Gothika" (2003). In the meantime, the director was conducting tests on his own dime to see if he could successfully adapt the popular children's book The Polar Express into a CGI-animated film for the big screen. Intrigued by the technological challenge of collaborating again with Hanks, this time with the actor playing all of the roles, Zemeckis' production team experimented with a new technology called Performance Capture, which allowed computers to capture the subtle nuances of an actor's performance and transfer it to the CGI character. Once he had determined that this technology worked, Zemeckis put the film into production and released it in 2004. An instant holiday season classic, the film told the story of a young boy excited for Christmas who goes on an unforgettable train ride while embarking on a journey of self discovery. Despite the film's success, however, critics worried that his use of the technology would eventually lead to the elimination of actors, while the technology itself gave the characters a creepy, dead-eye look.

After returning to producer duties on "House of Wax" (2005), "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" (2005) and the animated "Monster House" (2006), Zemeckis employed the same Performance Capture technology from "Polar Express" to animate Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and a host of other top actors for "Beowulf" (2007). Adapted from the Old English epic poem, the film earned Zemeckis praise for his deft use of the technology while essentially staying true to the original story of a mighty warrior's defeat of the demon Grendel. Sticking with a winning formula, he used the technology for his third straight film; this time capturing the considerable motion of Jim Carrey for the faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol" (2009), in which the rubbery actor portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Returning to live action for the first time since "Cast Away" (2000) and making his first R-rated film since "Used Cars" (1980), Zemeckis directed the widely hailed drama "Flight" (2012), which starred Denzel Washington as an airline pilot with a substance abuse problem who averts disaster by making a daring crash-landing after his plane malfunctions, only to see his heroic actions questioned during an investigation. Co-starring Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Bruce Greenwood, "Flight" generated serious Oscar buzz while also courting controversy for depicting a pilot flying a plane while under the influence. Anheuser-Busch formally petitioned Paramount Pictures to remove or obscure their Budweiser logo due to Washington drinking the beer while flying the plane.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Witches (2020)
Director
Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Director
Allied (2016)
Director
The Walk (2015)
Director
Yellow Submarine (2012)
Director
Flight (2012)
Director
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Director
The Polar Express (2004)
Director
Cast Away (2000)
Director
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Director
Contact (1997)
Director
Forrest Gump (1994)
Director
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Director
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Director
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Director
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Director
Back To The Future (1985)
Director
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Director
Used Cars (1980)
Director
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Performer

Writer (Feature Film)

The Witches (2020)
Screenplay
Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Screenplay
The Walk (2015)
Screenplay
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Screenplay
The Polar Express (2004)
Screenplay
Bordello of Blood (1996)
From Story
Trespass (1992)
Screenplay
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Screenplay
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Story By
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
From Story
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Characters As Source Material
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
From Story
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Story By
Back To The Future (1985)
Screenplay
Used Cars (1980)
Screenplay
1941 (1979)
From Story
1941 (1979)
Story By
1941 (1979)
Screenplay
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Witches (2020)
Producer
Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Producer
Allied (2016)
Producer
The Walk (2015)
Producer
Bound by Flesh (2012)
Executive Producer
Yellow Submarine (2012)
Producer
Flight (2012)
Producer
Real Steel (2011)
Executive Producer
Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Producer
Behind the Burly Q (2010)
Executive Producer
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Producer
The Reaping (2007)
Producer
Monster House (2006)
Executive Producer
Last Holiday (2006)
Executive Producer
House of Wax (2005)
Producer
Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Producer
The Polar Express (2004)
Producer
Matchstick Men (2003)
Executive Producer
Gothika (2003)
Producer
Ghost Ship (2002)
Producer
Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
Producer
Cast Away (2000)
Producer
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Producer
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Producer
Contact (1997)
Producer
The Frighteners (1996)
Executive Producer
Bordello of Blood (1996)
Executive Producer
Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight (1995)
Executive Producer
W.E.I.R.D. World (1995)
Executive Producer
Trespass (1992)
Executive Producer
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Producer
The Public Eye (1992)
Executive Producer
Two Fisted Tales (1991)
Executive Producer

Director (Special)

Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999)
Director
You, Murderer (1995)
Director
Yellow (1991)
Director
And All Through the House (1989)
Director

Cast (Special)

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking (2001)
Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams (1998)
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Presenter
The Secrets of the Back to The Future Trilogy (1990)
Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 (1989)
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown (1988)

Writer (Special)

Used Cars (1984)
From Film ("Used Cars")

Producer (Special)

Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999)
Executive Producer
Smoke Wrings (1996)
Executive Producer
A Fatal Caper (1996)
Executive Producer
A Slight Case of Murder (1996)
Executive Producer
The Kidnapper (1996)
Executive Producer
Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow (1996)
Executive Producer
About Face (1996)
Executive Producer
Horror in the Night (1996)
Executive Producer
Escape (1996)
Executive Producer
Report from the Grave (1996)
Executive Producer
Confession (1996)
Executive Producer
Last Respects (1996)
Executive Producer
Cold War (1996)
Executive Producer
99 and 44/100% Pure Horror! (1995)
Executive Producer
You, Murderer (1995)
Executive Producer
Doctor of Horror (1995)
Executive Producer
Comes the Dawn (1995)
Executive Producer
The Assassin (1994)
Executive Producer
Staired in Horror (1994)
Executive Producer
In the Groove (1994)
Executive Producer
Till Death Do We Part (1993)
Executive Producer
Creep Course (1993)
Executive Producer
Came the Dawn (1993)
Executive Producer
Oil's Well That Ends Well (1993)
Executive Producer
People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993)
Executive Producer
Well-Cooked Hams (1993)
Executive Producer
Forever Ambergris (1993)
Executive Producer
Food for Thought (1993)
Executive Producer
House of Horror (1993)
Executive Producer
Two For the Show (1993)
Executive Producer
As Ye Sow (1993)
Executive Producer
Half Way Horrible (1993)
Executive Producer
Death of Some Salesmen (1993)
Executive Producer
Beauty Rest (1992)
Executive Producer
What's Cookin'? (1992)
Executive Producer
The New Arrival (1992)
Executive Producer
Seance (1992)
Executive Producer
None But the Lonely Heart (1992)
Executive Producer
On a Dead Man's Chest (1992)
Executive Producer
Werewolf Concerto (1992)
Executive Producer
Curiosity Killed (1992)
Executive Producer
Split Personality (1992)
Executive Producer
Strung Along (1992)
Executive Producer
This'll Kill Ya (1992)
Executive Producer
Showdown (1992)
Executive Producer
Maniac at Large (1992)
Executive Producer
King of the Road (1992)
Executive Producer
Yellow (1991)
Executive Producer
Carrion Death (1991)
Executive Producer
Undertaking Palor (1991)
Executive Producer
Loved to Death (1991)
Executive Producer
Abra Cadaver (1991)
Executive Producer
Easel Kill 'Ya (1991)
Executive Producer
Spoiled (1991)
Executive Producer
The Trap (1991)
Executive Producer
Mournin' Mess (1991)
Executive Producer
Split Second (1991)
Executive Producer
Top Billing (1991)
Executive Producer
Deadline (1991)
Executive Producer
The Reluctant Vampire (1991)
Executive Producer
Dead Wait (1991)
Executive Producer
The Thing From the Grave (1990)
Executive Producer
Three's a Crowd (1990)
Executive Producer
Dead Right (1990)
Executive Producer
Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990)
Executive Producer
Korman's Kalamity (1990)
Executive Producer
Fitting Punishment (1990)
Executive Producer
The Ventriloquist's Dummy (1990)
Executive Producer
The Switch (1990)
Executive Producer
The Secret (1990)
Executive Producer
Lower Berth (1990)
Executive Producer
Cutting Cards (1990)
Executive Producer
My Brother's Keeper (1990)
Executive Producer
Mute Witness to Murder (1990)
Executive Producer
Television Terror (1990)
Executive Producer
The Sacrifice (1990)
Executive Producer
Four-Sided Triangle (1990)
Executive Producer
For Cryin' Out Loud (1990)
Executive Producer
Only Sin Deep (1989)
Executive Producer
Collection Completed (1989)
Executive Producer
The Man Who Was Death (1989)
Executive Producer
Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! (1989)
Executive Producer
Lover Come Hack to Me (1989)
Executive Producer
And All Through the House (1989)
Executive Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

Used Cars (1984)
From Film ("Used Cars")

Misc. Crew (Special)

Kings (2000)
Other

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Third Pig (Do Not Use) (1996)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1971

Met future writing partner Bob Gale at USC

1972

Directed first "professional" short "The Lift," an 8-minute student film

1973

Made award-winning 14-minute student film "A Field of Honor"

1978

Feature film directorial debut," I Wanna Hold Your Hand"; also co-wrote script with Gale

1979

Co-wrote with Gale "1941," a sprawling comedy directed by Steven Spielberg

1980

Helmed the comedy "Used Cars"

1984

Enjoyed box-office hit as director of the adventure love story "Romancing the Stone"

1985

With Gale, co-wrote the blockbuster "Back to the Future"; also directed

1986

TV directing debut, "Go to the Head of the Class," an episode of "Amazing Stories"

1988

Directed the live-action and animated combination "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

1989

Helmed the sequels "Back to the Future II" (1989) and "Back to the Future III" (1990) back to back

1989

TV producing debut as one of the co-executive producers of "Tales From the Crypt," an HBO horror anthology series

1991

TV acting debut, "Parker Lewis Can't Lose!," a Fox sitcom that featured his then-wife Mary Ellen Trainor

1992

Feature debut as executive producer, "The Public Eye"

1992

Scripted and executive produced "Trespass," helmed by Walter Hill

1992

Directed the black comedy "Death Becomes Her," featuring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn

1993

Created and produced "Tales from the Cryptkeeper," an ABC animated series

1993

Produced first network TV series, "Johnny Bago," a CBS adventure-comedy series

1994

Directed box office hit "Forest Gump," starring Tom Hanks; film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director

1995

Was one of the executive producers of the feature "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"

1997

Helmed the screen adaptation of Carl Sagan's book "Contact"; also produced

1998

Served as a producer on the remake of "The House on Haunted Hill"

1999

Made "Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness" for Showtime

2000

During break from filming "Cast Away," produced and helmed the thriller "What Lies Beneath," starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer; film released before "Cast Away"

2000

Reunited with Tom Hanks as producer and director of "Cast Away"; filmed over a stretch of time in 1999-2000 with a break for Hanks to lose weight

2004

Helmed the animated feature "The Polar Express" starring Tom Hanks in several roles

2007

Helmed the big-budget film version of "Beowulf," using the performance-capture technology utilized for "The Polar Express"

2009

Wrote, directed and produced the animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"; Jim Carrey played several roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge

2012

Returned to live action features as director and producer of "Flight," a drama starring Denzel Washington

Videos

Movie Clip

Romancing The Stone (1984) - Even In Colombia Having taken the wrong bus, which has now crashed, in her attempt to ransom her kidnapped sister, bumbling romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) is approached by the mysterious Zolo (Manuel Ojeda), then rescued by Michael Douglas, in his first appearance, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - Some Kind Of Treasure Map First scene for Danny De Vito (as Ralph) and Zack Norman (as Ira), involved in the kidnapping of Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor) in Colombia, who’s mailed the treasure map they’re after to her absent-minded romance novelist sister Joan (Kathleen Turner) in New York, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - You're A Mondo Dizmo Adventurer Jack (Michael Douglas, also the producer) and romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) are warming to each other, and burning pot for heat in the wreck of a drug-smuggling plane in the Colombian jungle, considering how to ransom her kidnapped sister, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - That Woman Makes Me Hungry Running out of options as they enter a Colombian town run by drug gangs, adventurer Jack (Michael Douglas) and romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) get lucky, discovering that Juan (Alfonso Arau) is a big fan, evil Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) still on their trail, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - Welcome To Colombia! Both their plans upset by the same bus wreck, American bird-smuggler Jack (Michael Douglas, who also produced) has agreed for $375 in Traveler’s Checks to help sidetracked romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) find a phone, early in Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Back To The Future (1985) - A Case Of Missing Plutonium The sometimes overlooked opening, filled with broad exposition, from the original screenplay by Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis, as presented by executive producer Steven Spielberg, star Michael J. Fox appearing just at the ending, in the hit time-travel comedy Back To The Future, 1985.
Back To The Future (1985) - Are You Blind, McFly? Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), after a day coping with the frustrations and joys of high school life in “Hill Valley,” California, comes home to find his dad George (Crispin Glover) being abused by his boss Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), wrecking his own plans, in Back To The Future, 1985, from director Robert Zemeckis and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Back To The Future (1985) - Pleased To Meet You, Calvin Mostly accidentally transported to his home town 30-years earlier, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), aiming to encourage his wimpy father George (Crispin Glover), finds him peeping on his future mom, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), seen earlier in a fat-suit, causing an awkward encounter, in Back To The Future, 1985.
Back To The Future (1985) - It's A Delorean Meeting his pal the freelance mad scientist “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) at the mall after midnight, high-schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is surprised to see he’s really on to something, the first big special effects sequence from director Robert Zemeckis, in Back To The Future, 1985.
1941 (1979) - Northern California Coast Opening his famously expensive and box-office un-friendly follow up to Jaws and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, director Steven Spielberg decides to have fun with a reference to the former, using the same swimmer (Denise Cheshire), in 1941, 1979, starring John Belushi.
1941 (1979) - Strategically Advantageous A Santa Monica peace-nik housewife (Lorraine Gary) receives Sgt. Tree (Dan Aykroyd) and crew (Treat Williams, John Candy et al), her husband (Ned Beatty) thrilled to accept their anti-aircraft gun, their daughter (Diane Kay) torn between soldiers and her local beau (Bobby DiCiccio), nutty goings-on in Steven Spielberg's 1941, 1979.
1941 (1979) - Save It For The Japs Dan Aykroyd as Sergeant Tree with his crew (Treat Williams as "Sitarski," also John Candy) in a coastal cafe, then meeting gonzo pilot Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi), observed by veteran Elisha Cook Jr., in Steven Spielberg's 1941, 1979.

Trailer

Promo

Family

Alexander Francis Zemeckis
Son
Born on December 11, 1985; mother, Mary Ellen Trainor.

Companions

Mary Ellen Trainor
Wife
Actor. Appeared in several films directed by Zemeckis, including "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "Death Becomes Her" (1992); also acted in the TV series "Parker Lewis Can't Lose!", as Mrs. Lewis; other feature roles include the police psychiatrist in the three "Lethal Weapon" films; co-starred in TV series "Relativity" and had a recurring role on the WB series "Roswell"; separated c. 1997; divorced.
Leslie Harter
Wife
Actor. Eloped on December 4, 2001 in Venice, Italy.

Bibliography