Viewers notice the word ‘terrorists’ edited out of ‘Back to the Future’ showing on TBS

David Rutz

TBS apparently aired a version of the movie “Back to The Future” that omitted part of a line containing the word “terrorists.”
According to IMDB, the edited version was produced in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.


TV versions that aired shortly after the World Trade Center Attack in September 2001 featured certain alterations to the Libyan terrorists subplot. When Marty reads aloud his warning letter for Doc, he says “You will be shot,” instead of “You will be shot by terrorists,” and the “by terrorists” area of the letter is digitally erased. The most recent TV airing edits the scene where Doc is shot by the Libyans, as well as the scene where Marty is almost shot. It instead cuts to the scene of Doc running off, Marty diving into the DeLorean and noticing Doc slain. However when Marty returns to 1985 and witnesses these events re-occurring, the shooting scenes are intact.

As IMDB further explains, there is an uncut version available. However, it looks as if TBS chose not to air that one.

In February 2002, Turner Classic Movies aired Back To The Future uncut, with none of the editing that pervaded the versions shown after the terrorist attacks of September 2001.

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