We Don't Need Roads by Caseen Gaines

We Don't Need Roads

Caseen Gaines

We Don’t Need Roads is the ultimate read for any Back To The Future fan who has ever wanted to ride a Hoverboard, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the iconic Back to the Future trilogy

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 industry with a hit. During their journey to realize their dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out.

For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don’t Need Roads draws from over 500 hours of interviews, including original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. The book includes a 16-page color photo insert with behind-the-scenes pictures, concept art, and more.

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.
"What fun! Deeply researched and engagingly written … the book Back to the Future fans have been craving for decades. Geekily enthusiastic and chock full of never-before-heard tales of what went on both on and off the screen, We Don't Need Roads is a book worthy of the beloved trilogy itself." – Brian Jay Jones, author of the national bestseller Jim Henson: The Biography

"A very compelling and enjoyable history of our trilogy. For me, reading it was like going back in time. And - Great Scott - there were even a few anecdotes that I'd never heard!" 
– Bob Gale, co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of the Back to the Future trilogy

Advance Galley Reviews

Honestly the book read very dryly. There's a lot of information about casting and filming and production of the movie - which is interesting - but it's put together haphazardly. There's little cohesiveness to how the story is told, with backstory being dropped in at random places, and jumping around within the singular storyline. I ended up skimming quite a lot of it because I just couldn't read through page by page. Perhaps this is a case of 'it's me, not you,' but I can't say that I was happy to have read this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and revisiting Mill Valley after all these years. I remember originally seeing the three "Back to the Future" movies in the theaters in my 20's and all the excitement and rave reviews they generated. I have since had the opportunity to view them with my kids and still enjoy them, even more now that I know the back stories involved in their creation. It was great learning about the actors, writers, producers and all the other behind the scenes, off-screen production personnel, as well as the efforts to create all of the special effects necessary and logistics involved in filming. These are classic films that are still enjoyable today and this book makes them even more so. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in the "Back to the Future" franchise, whether a die-hard fan or newcomer. The author covers everything from the original creation of the story to the fan community of current day America. The book also is very easy to read, not just a fact recital.

“Back in the eighties, people really didn’t get that they were visual effects.” I received this book as part of Penguin’s First to Read program. The story of the “Back to the Future” trilogy lets you know everything you always wanted to know and lots of things you never even thought about. There is so much back ground information on the movies that any fan of this series will be delighted with this book. Some things you will learn from this book: Michael J. Fox was not the original Marty McFly. Crispin Glover’s replacement issues. How the clocks in the tower sequence were kept synchronized. (It wasn’t high tech.) Some background information on the actor’s lives while making these films. I loved the movies and this book will make you want to watch them again as you conceptualize the manner in which the film was made. Any movie fan or gossip lover of the stars will enjoy the story behind the movie’s making. I highly recommend it.

Hello, McFly! Fun, easy read, especially if you are a fan of the movies. The book gives a lot of cool information and details that will make you want to see if you can spot them and maybe even find more. The author did a great job of putting everything together and the book flows nicely. Must read if you like the bonus features that come on dvds. :)

This was a fun behind the scenes look at one of my favorite movies. There is some information from the 25th anniversary bonus features and other details which were unknown to me. The book made me want to watch the movie closely for those subtle moments I previously gleaned over as a viewer.

This book was a lot of fun to read it was extremely interesting to hear about how so many things from the movies were created. I think this would be a great book for anyone that is a fan of the movies.

This is a great book for fans of the movies, and anyone with an interest in a behind-the-scenes look at movie making. It is full of little gems about how certain decisions were made, and what happened on set. The interviews with cast members were fantastic, informative, and entertaining. Much like the movies themselves, this book was interesting, captivating, and good fun!

SUCH a fantastic book! I received a galley file through Penguin's First to Read program and read it in 24 hours. The detail and interviews the author got from the principle crew members are amazing. I'd recommend this book to all my friends. It would make a great nostalgic gift, along with the box set of the DVDS.

As an immense Back to the Future (BTTF, from here on out) fan, I ate this book up. I'm obsessed with the BTTF trilogy and never tire of watching the movies. I always knew that I wasn't alone in this sentiment, but this book made me realize just how big the BTTF fan-base is. The fact that the movies really are far-reaching and touch people so powerfully is what led to the films' successes in the 80s, and made the movies the classics they are today. I never tire of watching any movies in the Back to the Future trilogy or looking up facts about the movies, so I was pretty excited to read this book. It offered a great behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, including interviews with many cast and crew members and inside looks at how certain scenes were filmed or special effects accomplished. There were some stories or facts that I had already heard, but I was surprised by the amount of information contained in this book that I was previously unfamiliar with. This is a great read for any BTTF fan. I flew through this book and only put it down so I could watch the trilogy in between. Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review through the Penguin First to Read giveaway program.

The future is upon us! Give us our hover boards and self lacing shoes! Okay, okay, so we haven’t quite gotten to that point in the technology stream yet. Patience is a virtue and Hollywood isn’t always right. And while we patiently wait for hoverboards, self lacing shoes and time travel to become a reality, you can read Caseen Gaines’s book, We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, to travel back in time and relive the making of the trilogy. This book is a great overview of the making of the Back to the Future trilogy. Full of personal stories from the set, facts and insider information, it is a quick read that fans of the series and movies, in general, will enjoy. If you haven’t watched the movies in awhile, it will probably make you want to dust off your copies and have a marathon. When I finished the book I marveled at how the Hollywood machine cranked out 3 quality movies in quick succession. I longed for the days when fans didn’t know about backstage drama and tragedies. There was a mystery about movie making not long ago that is lost in today’s modern world of constant updates via the 24-hour news cycle and social media. If you are a fan of the Back to the Future trilogy or love to learn about the history of movie making, you’ll definitely want to consider picking up a copy of this book. This review originally appeared on Second Run Reviews. I received this book for free in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So, as a book, this was a bit clunky in places. Evidently written by somebody with a massive appreciation of these films, who has meticulously interviewed and researched in order to write a detailed account of their making and their impact in different counties, it sometimes felt like the writing was secondary to the need to impart as many facts as possible. However, there was a massive amount of information I never knew about this trilogy and it has been interesting to learn about elements which were hidden from the public to some extent. The story about Crisin Glover's non appearance in the sequels was interesting, as was the horrific tale of a failed stunt, however, the book relies heavily on a premise that the cast and crew were having the best time ever making these films, so these events in particular are written about in a perky tone which I felt to be at odds with what is described. I received this as an ARC from First to Read, so there may be some tweaks to be made, but I would have loved some photographs in this book - maybe there will be some in the paper copy? All in all, as a fan of the films, I found this an interesting read - it has made me want to revisit the films, and get a hover board, so I guess the writer's work is done!

As a fan of Back to the Future add a child, I was so excited to get an arc of this book. I watched the VHS movies so many times I wore them out! This book took me back to that fascination with an exclusive behind the scenes description of the making of the movies including interviews with the characters and a lot of facts I didn't know at the time. Michael J. Fox wasn't originally cast as Marty?!! This book was well researched, well written, and a must read for anyone that loved the movies.

I had not seen the movie Back to the Future but when I received this book I saw the trilogy and I really liked them. All three movies are great. When I read about the making of this book I must say that I have become a fan of this book and the movies. I would recommend this book to all, not just the fans of Back to the Future. I would say read the book and watch the movies it will be a wonderful experience.

Back to the Future series are in the list of my favourite movies and after so many years suddenly I got to read this book that has all the details about the making of this famous trilogy..... Wow I just couldn't stop. I saw the movies again after reading the book and you wouldn't believe it was a totally new and amazing experience. Great book for the fans of Back to the future trilogy.

3.75 Stars A good read for any BTTF fan or film history buff. This books narrates the filming history of the Back to the Future trilogy with quirky and lesser-known tidbits about casting, special effects, and stunts. It's been researched very well and it's fun. Perfect for film or Sci-fi history readers. Penguin First to Read Galley

This is basically what it should have been: a fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the greatest movies ever. And its two sequels. And the associated amusement parks and video games (okay, I would have been okay with leaving those out). But basically good stuff. You need to know the movie. It won't explain it to you. But if you know the movie, it will be fun to read. Of course there's the conspicuous absence of interview material from M.J. Fox himself, but other actors add good insights, and the main focus is on the Bobs -- the director and writer, since this was their pet project. I got a free copy of this from First to Read in exchange for a review.

If you're an 80s child like me, you probably love the movie series BACK TO THE FUTURE (personally, my favorite is III, but I like them all), and this book will tickle all your nostalgic feels. I vaguely knew that Eric Stoltz had been cast as Marty because of scheduling conflicts with Michael J. Fox, but this book will tell you the whole story. And who knew BTTF was so big in Japan? If you like movie trivia and you didn't know that Mattel actually sold hoverboards (prop replica hoverboards that people still expected to work), you should check out this book. Inside you'll find behind the scenes info on all three movies (I never knew the sequels weren't planned!) and tidbits on what's happened with the franchise in the 30 years since BTTF came out (geez, I'm older than the series). I'm really going to have a Back to the Future rewatch party--who wants to join? I can regale you with factoids about the series, or you can enjoy the book on your own. Received as a free digital ARC via the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

If you're a back to the future fan, this book is for you. It is a paradise for a back to the future fan to sink into. It paints a picture of what went on behind the scenes. I am grateful for being able to read it early and plan to purchase.

I highly recommend this book if you're at all a fan of the series. So much interesting information about the making of these movies!

I found this to be a very entertaining account of the making of the films with much insight and background. I would highly recommend it to fans of the series. I believe it gives a fair treatment of the films,

The Back to the Future trilogy is my absolute favorite movie series from my youth. When I saw this book for offer from First to Read, I had to guarantee a copy. I couldn’t wait to find out more about these movies. There is a lot of interesting information in this book. Most of the information was about the writing and production of the movies. I was expecting a lot more about the cast. There wasn’t very much about the cast at all. Despite this fact, I found this book completely fascinating. When specific scenes would be discussed in the book, I would get so excited thinking about that particular scene. After the part where they discussed the DeLorean reveal, I went looking for that scene online because I wanted to watch it so badly. I can’t wait until I have time to sit down and rewatch the movies. While more fun stories from the set would have been fantastic, I still greatly enjoyed this book. The one thing that I thought could have been done better involves the chapters. There are 10 chapters in a book that is roughly 250 pages. The content of each chapter jumped around a lot. For instance, the last chapter covered fan clubs, products, Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s, and more. It seemed like there could have been more chapters that were more concise and on one topic.

love the book

I'm so glad that I was able to get an advanced reading copy of this book. We Don't Need Roads starts from the very beginning of the Back to the Future movie franchise. We learn the ups and downs that the first movie faced along with great storied from the second and third movies. I grew up watching these films. I can still remember going to see the second movie while on vacation with my parents in Florida on a rainy evening and all three of us looking at each other when we saw the to be continued in Back to the Future part III show on the movie theater screen. The interviews that were provided for this book are great. The titles for the chapters for each part of the book are fantastic.For fans of the Back to the Future films this is a must read.


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