We Don't Need Roads The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
We Don't Need Roads: The Making
of the Back to the Future Trilogy

Caseen Gaines




13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3cm


Plume, an imprint of Penguin
Random House LLC

Publish date

June 23, 2015





We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy was a behind-the-scenes book by Caseen Gaines, published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Publisher's summary[]

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary.

Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale worked tirelessly to break into the film industry with a hit. During their journey to realize this dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out.

For the first time ever, the story of how these two two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and more than fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time.

With a focus not only on the movies, but also the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming.

So why don't you make like a tree and get outta here — and start reading! We Don't Need Roads is your density.


  • Introduction
  1. Think, McFly, Think
  2. Erased from Existence
  3. Do It with some Style
  4. Rock 'n' Roll
  5. To Be Continued
  6. We're Back
  7. You're George McFly
  8. Those Boards Don't Work
  9. It's a Science Experiment
  10. Your Kids Are Gonna Love It
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sources

Writing and publishing notes[]

  • The book contains a 16-page photo-section (between pages 140 and 141) featuring a selection of behind-the-scenes stills from the Back to the Future trilogy, many of which have never previously been published.
  • The book contains use of strong language on pages 163 and 164.
  • Dedication: for my family / who raised me on a healthy dose of science fiction / inadvertently showing me that all things are possible

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