33 Small Details In '80s Movies That You Probably Don't Know About

    There's a disappearing (working) time machine in the background of Gremlins.

    1. Darth Vader's skeleton can be seen in Return of the Jedi.

    2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade created a great explanation for a chin scar.

    Harrison Ford's real-life scar came about when he was driving to work (pre-fame) and crashed into a telephone pole. He slammed into the steering wheel headfirst, and then he had what he referred to as "inept emergency surgery," leaving the whole ordeal with the scar on his chin.

    3. Doc hanging from the clock tower is foreshadowed in Back to the Future's opening credits.

    4. These license plates in The Breakfast Club aren't just irrelevant license plates.

    E=MC² ("EMC 2") is Einstein's formula for a specific relationship between energy and mass. Ohio State ("OHIOST") is a university famous for its athletic program's success.

    5. There's a disappearing (working) time machine in the background of Gremlins.

    The Time Machine, based on H. G. Wells' novella of the same name, is about a Victorian inventor who uses a time machine and travels to the year 802,701 AD, where he discovers that humanity has evolved into two species.

    6. So much happens in Dana's kitchen in Ghostbusters for a reason.

    7. The cars in Clue correspond to the board game.

    8. In The Little Mermaid, Cinderella characters make cameos.

    9. (At least some of) the Nazi uniforms in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are real.

    The costume designer Anthony Powell studied the uniforms in depth and shared his images and drawings with co-costume designer Joanna Johnston, who then found the real uniforms with her team.

    10. There are actual doctors — not actors — acting in E.T.

    11. The Back to the Future clock tower's damage is consistent.

    12. And it's still broken in 2015 in Back to the Future Part II.

    Another detail about the 2015 courthouse structure is that it's now the Hill Valley Courthouse Mall, because all lawyers have been abolished.