Was it big with adults or mostly for teens & kids?
It was big with both. Ronald Reagan had it brought to the White House (his favorite TV show was "Family Ties," apparently), and he loved it.
Ronald Reagan, the actor?
Big with adults too. It was a good movie for the times, but I haven't seen it in ages and don't know how it would hold up today.
It was a big hit movie at the time, but I was a teenager and did not know of any "adults" who went to see it. The adults were probably parents who took their kids.
I made my parents take me to see The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and they didn't like it. My mother said "It was so loud, and I could hardly understand what that little green guy was saying."
After that, they found somebody else to take me to the movies.
Saw a good chunk of it on cable the other day and it seems to hold up. And damn if Michael J. Fox isn't pretty darn charismatic and sexy in it.
Back in my day, the pictures didn't TALK AT YA! They let ya read along QUIETLY with 'em!!
I loved it at the time, but I think part 2 is better now. I hate part 3, which tosses out most of the futuristic stuff, and might as well be called Back To The Past.