Back to the Future Part II (1989) Poster


The ledge on the clock tower that Doc broke in Back to the Future (1985) is still broken in 2015.
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First film appearance by Elijah Wood. He plays one of the two video game boys that Marty speaks to in the diner near the start of the film.
Crispin Glover sued the filmmakers, as he had not granted permission to use his likeness in Part II. Crispin's suit named John Doe 1-100 as defendants, where he did not have to name all of the individuals he was suing. Crispin ended up dropping the lawsuit after the case was settled out of court for $765,000 by Universal's insurance company, who decided it would be cheaper to pay Crispin than to actually go to trial. The Screen Actors Guild subsequently introduced new rules about illicit use of actors.
In the DVD extras of Back to the Future Part II (1989), Robert Zemeckis had said that he really did not want the movie to take place in the future. That is because he felt that every time that a movie takes place in the future, it is mis-predicted.
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale have admitted on the DVD commentary that they were originally not interested in doing a sequel to their success hit Back to the Future (1985), and that the open ending of the first movie was simply meant as a final joke. However, when plans for a sequel were made by the studio, they chose to remain involved in the continuation of their creation, and even extended it to two sequels. Zemeckis has claimed that if he knew that he was going to make a sequel, he would have made sure that Marty's girlfriend Jennifer wasn't in the car at the end of the first film; since the movie would concentrate on Marty, there was not much for her to do and she would even get in his way. This is why Jennifer is knocked out by Doc and left behind so early in the movie.
When 1985 Jennifer discovers herself in her 2015 home, her daughter Marlene (played by Michael J. Fox) appears at the top of the stairs, saying, "Mom? Mom, is that you?" This is the same exact line spoken by Marty (also played by Michael J. Fox) in each film of the trilogy when he is knocked out and wakes up in an unfamiliar place.
At the school dance, Biff is shown 'spiking' the punch with alcohol. In Back to the Future (1985) George is shown drinking the punch before confronting Biff in the parking lot. It may be that George's uncharacteristic courage in the original scene is attributable to drinking Biff's spiked punch.
Renowned scientist Carl Sagan considered this the greatest time travel movie ever made. He praised the accuracy in handling the multiple time lines as what would really happen if time travel were possible. In Back to the Future: The Game, Carl Sagan is the alias used by Doc Brown when visiting Hill Valley in 1931.
Just before Marty and Doc leave 2015, there is a shot of the time machine's control panel showing the "Last Time Departed" as Nov 12 1955 6:38 pm. If they had noticed this, they would have known someone had used the time machine without them.
The principal actors had committed to the sequels before any scripts were written. However, there was a stumbling block in negotiations with Crispin Glover (George McFly in Back to the Future (1985)), who stated that he was offered a monetary amount less than half of what Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson were being paid to return. Crispin believed this was due to producer Bob Gale taking exception to Crispin voicing his disapproval of the original ending of the first film (where the McFlys viewed money and material possessions as rewards), causing a script change. During sequel negotiations, Crispin's agent expressed to producers that Crispin wanted fair compensation, in addition to a script approval clause in his contract. Bob Gale refused to give in to either of these requests, instead offering a lower salary amount than the first offer. After Crispin turned down the lowball offer of $125,000, Gale rewrote the sequel script to lessen George McFly's screen time. Jeffrey Weissman was cast as George and, using molds of Crispin made on the set of the first film, was dressed in facial prosthetics to look like Crispin so that they could incorporate excerpts from the original movie. All shots of Weissman either show him from behind, at a distance, upside down or with sunglasses, in effect, fooling audiences into believing that Crispin had taken part in the sequel.
During filming of the cut sequence where the McFly family gathers around the table in 2015, between takes they had an earthquake, and were afraid the props may have moved around too much to edit the scene seamlessly as Michael J. Fox had played 3 characters in the same shot. To the film crew's surprise however, everything was exactly where it was supposed to be for the sequence.
Filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part III (1990). It was claimed at the time that in the five years since the original Back to the Future (1985) was made, Michael J. Fox had forgotten how to ride a skateboard. However, motor skills are not so easily lost (as in riding a bicycle), and Mr.Fox has since stated that this was an early symptom of his Parkinson's Disease, although the medical diagnosis was not made until 1991.
Griff's 'Pit Bull' Hoverboard was originally to be called 'Mad Dog' to foreshadow his character in Back to the Future Part III (1990).
When "Hill Valley" was created for the original Back to the Future (1985) they built the town in the pristine 1955 condition and shot the middle of the movie, then damaged it for the 1985 town and shot the beginning and end of the movie. When they decided to shoot Back to the Future Part II (1989) they had to clean the set up and restore it to the same condition it was in 1955. It cost more to rebuild than it cost to build it from scratch.
The biggest effect of the picture is a camera trick called "vistaglide." There are four scenes that use the effect of the same actor interacting with themselves. The four scenes that were shot were Griff and 2015 Biff in the Cafe 80's, the dinner sequence in 2015, 1955 Biff talking to 2015 Biff in the garage and 1955 Doc talking with 1985 Doc. In order to create the dinner sequence with the vista glide, the camera had to be divided into thirds and Michael had to come in three different times to play his older self, Marty Jr. and his daughter Marlene. Back to the Future Part II (1989) is the first film to accomplish interaction between the same actor on the screen twice as two different characters. If you watch closely, you'll see that 2015 Biff's hand disappears during the scene in the garage.
On October 21, 2015 multiple theaters screened the movie as that is the exact date Doc, Marty, and Jennifer travel to the future.
The date on the 2015 USA Today newspaper is October 22nd. This is Christopher Lloyd's birthday.
The shirt that Doc wears for the majority of the film features a design depicting cowboys on horseback and a train, foreshadowing the climax of the third film.
The football scores Biff hears on the radio while driving are all actual scores from November 12, 1955, and the UCLA/Washington game he and old Biff listen to did indeed end with UCLA kicker Jim Decker hitting a last second field goal to win.
Casey Siemaszko, who plays one of Biff's cronies, is named 3D because he wears 3D glasses. In 1955 he wears the paper kind issued at 50's style 3D movies, but for his scenes in 1985 a pair of real sunglasses with red and blue lenses were made to better suit the era. By 2015, Griff's goons wear holographic-type shades.
To commemorate the release of a 30th anniversary Back To The Future BluRay box-set, a short movie called Back to the Future: Doc Brown Saves the World (2015) was filmed with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role of 'Doc' Brown. In the movie, Doc tapes a video message, explaining that he traveled to the 2040s in a rebuilt DeLorean, and discovered that inventions such as the Hoverboard and hydrated food will cause people to become massively overweight; even worse, a simultaneous glitch in every nuclear Mr. Fusion device on the planet will cause a nuclear holocaust that decimates the world's population. He subsequently travels back in time, and successfully prevents such dangerous devices from ever being invented, thus explaining why the future 2015 as seen in Back to the Future Part II (1989) did not come true in reality.
In promotional material such as Back to the Future Part II Behind-the-Scenes Special Presentation (1989) director, Robert Zemeckis explained that "hoverboards float on magnetic energy". He also added, "they've been around for years, it's just that parent groups haven't let toy manufacturers make them. But we got our hands on some and put them in the movie." He was only joking, of course, but interestingly enough, Mattel (whose logo appeared on the hoverboard props) soon found themselves overwhelmed with callers asking where they could buy one. Although they looked pretty convincing in the movie, the hoverboards were simply wooden props attached to the actors feet. To make the boards fly, the actors were suspended by cables, which were then erased during post-production.
Elisabeth Shue was cast as Jennifer, and all the closing shots of Back to the Future (1985) were re-shot for the beginning of this film. Claudia Wells (Jennifer in "Back to the Future") was unable to reprise her role as she had stopped acting because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She returned to acting for the independent film Still Waters Burn (2008).
According to Michael J. Fox, he found out there was going to be a sequel to Back to the Future (1985) when he watched the VHS version and the words "To be continued" were added at the end. He immediately called his agent to make sure he was going to be in the sequel.
Robert Zemeckis considers this one of his favorite - and strangest - films.
The soda menu at Cafe 80's listed four types of Pepsi products: Original, Diet, Max, and Perfect. Pepsi Max did became an actual flavor by 1993 in Europe. The American version was introduced in 2007.
Back to the Future Part II (1989) was the most advanced film of its time for using "every trick in the book" according to Robert Zemeckis. It was in the late 1980s when the concept of CGI was starting, however in the film, very few CGI effects were actually needed.
Very few of the original costumes from the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance were actually used for production of the sequel. Lea Thompson was the only actress present wearing her dress from the original movie.
The tagline for Jaws 19 is "This time it's really, REALLY personal". On the marquee is the name of the director, "Max Spielberg", executive producer Steven Spielberg's son. Max was born in June of 1985, the same year the first film in the series was released. Spielberg also came up with Marty's response to seeing the hologram, "The shark still looks fake." Obviously reflecting Spielberg's reaction to the film Jaws: The Revenge (1987).
To commemorate the film in 2015, USA Today changed their masthead to the futuristic logo featured in the film and reissued the front page featuring Marty Jr. getting arrested, Nike developed real-world versions of the self-tying sneakers (called Mag) and sold them with the proceeds going to Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's research foundation, and Pepsico made the Pepsi Perfect bottles and sold them for $20.15 rather than the $45 Marty paid for one at the Cafe 80s.
Many shows from the 1980s are featured on the televisions inside the Cafe 80s, including Family Ties (1982) and Taxi (1978), which originally starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, respectively.
Despite what some believe, the voice of Marlene McFly was not that of Michael J. Fox, but rather voice actress Grey DeLisle.
The production of this film (and of Back to the Future Part III (1990)) was delayed for three years because Robert Zemeckis was busy making Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Doc mentions to Marty that he visited a rejuvenation clinic in the future to make him appear younger. This was written so that Christopher Lloyd would not have to constantly wear old-age makeup for the two sequels, since he would primarily be portraying the 1985 incarnation of Doc.
Originally only one sequel was planned. The script for this sequel, known as "Paradox" included all the elements of both Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), but compressed to fit into one movie. However, it was revealed with the release of the DVD set that there was an even earlier script which involved Marty meeting up with his parents while they're college students in the sixties. (This was probably dropped because no matter how you cut it, George and Lorraine wouldn't have been in college during the "Protest Era", they were too old.)
Although Marty McFly comments that his son "looks just like him", there is one notable difference between the two (aside from a faulty jacket sleeve and a white T-shirt): Marty McFly Jr has brown eyes, whereas his father doesn't (this can be seen most clearly in the scene with Griff in Cafe 80s).
When the future Marty McFly attempts to play his guitar, he plays part of the main riff of 'Power of Love' by Huey Lewis and The News, the theme song for Back to the Future (1985).
On September 8, 2011 the Parkinson's Research Foundation announced that 1,500 pairs of the futuristic Nike MAG shoes based on the sneakers worn by Michael J. Fox in this movie would be auctioned off on eBay. The first pair sold to rapper Tinie Tempah for the winning bid of $37,500.
Doc mentions that he left Einstein in a suspended animation kennel in 2015. This line was written in to explain why Einstein was not with Doc when he came back to 1985 to pick up Marty and Jennifer, since in Back to the Future (1985), Einstein had gone with Doc into the future, but was not there when Doc came back at the end of the film/beginning of Back to the Future Part II (1989).
In the hot tub scene, the film Biff and his lady friends are watching is A Fistful of Dollars (1964), starring Clint Eastwood. This foreshadows Marty's alias in Back to the Future Part III (1990).
The closing scenes of the first movie were re-shot as the opening scenes of this film. Several changes were made, especially in Christopher Lloyd's delivery of his lines.
In the original, first draft of the script, Marty does not see a marquee for "Jaws 19" when in 2015. Instead the theater lists "Godzilla 2015," almost coincidentally predicting the real life film Godzilla (2014).
When Marty arrives in 2015, he looks in the window of an antique store, where we see the denim jacket that he wore in 1985, a Roger Rabbit doll and a Jaws (1987) Nintendo game. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) was also directed by Robert Zemeckis. There's also a JVC Super VHS camcorder of 1988.
The hotel tower for "Biff's Casino" was actually the hotel tower for the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) are the only actors who play their exact same characters young and old in four different time periods: 1955, 1985, 1985-Alternate, and 2015. Both Thompson and Wilson also appear in 1885 in Back to the Future Part III (1990), Thompson as the wife of Hill Valley's first McFly and Wilson as his Mad Dog Tannen, his 20th century characters ancestor.
Flea was touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and according to him, flew really far away to film his scenes and had slept for two hours the night before. Flea shot his scenes in one day and then flew back to the tour that night. Flea said that much of the time was a blur, save for having lost a sweater his grandmother knitted for him on the way to shooting his scenes and that other than seeing them premiere, he hasn't seen the trilogy since.
In fall of 2011, Mattel gave the announcement of their official production of the hover-board, slated for a November/December release in 2012. The company started the promotion orders in March 2012 by taking pre-orders that were extended into April. All the pre-orders included a 1:6th scale of the Hoverboard. Next to the other futuristic items in the movie, it's the fourth official release of a prop from the movie.
The hoverboard sequences required many different special effects and camera tricks. In the shots where Michael J. Fox was on a harness, the soles of his shoes had to be drilled in to the hoverboard. This meant that he had to be carried around in between takes of these scenes.
To commemorate the film, a fake teaser trailer spoofing the non-existent "Jaws 19" was released on October 21, 2015. It describes all 19 movies as follows: Jaws (1975) "made you afraid to go into the water"; Jaws 2 (1978) "made you afraid to go BACK into the water"; Jaws 3-D (1983) (which starred Lea Thompson) was "a new dimension in terror"; in Jaws: The Revenge (1987), it was "personal"; 'Jaws 5' was "just business"; 'Jaws 6' was "pure pleasure" (suggesting a romantic subplot); 'Jaws 7' was "cyber-Jaws" (suggesting the shark had gone digital); 'Jaws 8' was "Robo-Jaws" (spoof of RoboCop (1987)); 'Jaws 9' featured Chief Brody's grandson "assembling a super team of shark hunters"; 'Jaws 10' was "man versus shark versus all the terrors of the deep" (suggesting giant squids); 'Jaws 11' took place "outer space"; 'Jaws 12' was a prequel; 'Jaws 13' was "Jaws 12: Part 2, a sequel to the prequel"; 'Jaws 14' had Jaws "starting a family"; in 'Jaws 15', Jaws "battled a Russian shark named Ivan Sharkovsky" (spoof of Rocky IV (1985)); in 'Jaws 16', "Jaws took a bite out of the Big Apple"; in 'Jaws 17: 50 Scales of Grey', "Jaws learns about love from a mysterious stranger" (spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)); 'Jaws 18' was "the mind-blowing reboot", and finally, in 'Jaws 19', "the oceans are disappearing, and to save their home, the sharks must attack. This time it's really, REALLY personal!".
The "reverse 99" image in the sky is not intended to represent a mathematical figure that designates a number of years travelled in time; it is merely the pair of flaming "spiral trails" that the DeLorean's wheels made as it spun rapidly up to 88 mph after being hit by lightning.
In the "1985A" scene where Marty watches a documentary on the life of Biff in front of the casino, there is a still photo of the part 3 villain, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. According to Bob Gale in the DVD Commentary, this was a still of and early make-up test for Mad Dog. The look was changed when Back to the Future Part III (1990) began production.
3rd highest grossing film of 1989.
In the French translation of the movie, Marty McFly is called "Pierre Cardin" in 1955, instead of "Calvin Klein".
There are 4 DeLorean DMC-12s in 1955 in this movie, the one from the first movie, the one that Biff is using to give the almanac to his younger version, the other is the one that Doc and Marty are using to get back the almanac and the one is hidden in the mine since 1885.
When the unconscious Jennifer is taken home by the two officers in 2015, it looks as if great pains were taken to conceal the identity of the one officer (Reese). Her face is kept in the dark and her cap is even kept to where the bill is hiding her eyes. The actress portraying Officer Reese was in fact Mary Ellen Trainor who was Robert Zemeckis' wife at the time.
A scene in which Marty meets his brother, Dave (played by Marc McClure), in the alternate 1985 was eventually cut because Wendie Jo Sperber (who played Linda, Marty's sister) could not reprise her role because at the time; she was pregnant.
From his tombstone, we find that George McFly was born on an April Fool's Day and died on the Ides of March.
The Wild Gunman (1984) video game in Cafe 80's was specially made for the film. Wild Gunman was an actual light gun game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but was never a dedicated arcade cabinet. It was, however, included in many of Nintendo's Play Choice 10 machines, hence why a lightgun was on the cabinet. The sound effects heard in the movie are from the game, but, the on screen graphics are entirely new, drawn to resemble what appeared. Ironically, the actual game itself had far better animation.
This film introduces one of Marty McFly's most distinctive and enduring character traits - losing his temper and sense of reason when someone calls him a "chicken."
Some of the items displayed in the Cafe 80's front window: Apple Computer, Black & Decker Dustbuster, Black & Decker Clothes Iron, JAWS and JAWS 2 VHS boxes, Dragnet 1987 VHS box, Animal House VHS box, Barbie and Ken dolls, NES BurgerTime Video Game, Who Framed Roger Rabbit doll, Lava Lamp, JVC Television, JVC Super VHS Video Camera, Perrier Bottled Water, 'Trust Me' Jimmy Carter Comedy Album by Hans Petersen, Bee Gees Album, Ronald Reagan 'Freedom's Finest Hour' Picture Disc LP, Pac Man Lunch Box, Mendocino Box, Jimmy Carter Poster, Colorful Happy Faces, Sanyo Orange Phonosphere Record Player, Jimmy Carter Peanut Bank, Grays 1950 - 2000 Sports Almanac, Computer Keyboard, JFK Bust, Rounded White Telephone, Magnavox Weekender Radio, NES RC Pro AM Video Game Box, and Marty's Denim Jacket (with Pin).
According to the book "We Don't Need Roads - the Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy" by Caseen Gaines, the original plan for Marty's Hoverboard was to have the name of Swiss watch company Swatch on it, (implying the company branched out into other products by 2015) before a deal was struck with Mattel.
The original theatrical and premium cable TV versions of the film end with the phrase "To Be Concluded" and a teaser for Back to the Future Part III (1990). Russ Meyer and Richard Lester are the only other filmmakers to have ended a movie with a trailer before this release. (Recent 2009 premium cable TV versions have dropped the teaser.)
The "Cafe 80's" restaurant in 2015 is a conglomeration of the storefront's two previous incarnations in Back to the Future (1985). In 1955, it was the home of "Lou's Cafe" and in 1985, it was an health/workout club. While the "Cafe 80's" is primarily a restaurant, there are people seen working out on the exercise bikes (seen when Griff tells the riders "Keep pedaling, you two").
Christopher Lloyd celebrated his 77th birthday on October 22, 2015, the day after Doc and Marty visit 2015 in the film.
The plot line of George McFly being dead in 1985-A was based entirely on Crispin Glover's refusal to do the sequel.
At Cafe 80s there's an arcade game Wild Gunman and a Pac-Man - "Priceless artifact, do not touch".
Bob Gale, a baseball fan in real life, said he came up with the scene referencing a World Series Championship by the Chicago Cubs upon personally brainstorming about the most unlikely scenarios he could come up with. Gale also said he based the timing of the 2015 World Series on the usual World Series scheduling at the time of the movie's production and release. Gale admitted he erred in not foreseeing MLB expanding their playoff schedule by the mid 1990's, and pushing the World Series until later in October, and in the case of 2015, early November.
In the entire Back To The Future trilogy, the "present" date is October, 1985 (2015 is the future, 1885 and 1955 are the past). Exactly 25 years later on October 26, 2010 the entire Back To The Future trilogy was released on Blu-ray in a 25th Anniversary Edition.
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan, stunt double for Darlene Vogel, was injured during filming of the hoverboard sequence when, due to a technical mishap, instead of flying through the fake glass in the courthouse, she careened into the concrete pillar and then dropped thirty feet on to the concrete below. They didn't reshoot the scene and you can clearly see her hitting the pillar and falling to the ground in the final film.
Unless you count the re-used scene from the first movie, this is the only film in the series where Marty doesn't once drive the DeLorean.
Two years were spent building the sets and completing the scripts for this film and Back to the Future Part II (1989). They were both filmed over the course of 11 months. This film was being edited while Back to the Future Part III (1990) was being filmed.
There's a popular film theory that Marty actually originally died in the tunnel when Biff was chasing him down. Originally, Marty was run down by Biff in Biff's '46 Ford. Doc found Marty, then decided to travel a few minutes into the past. That is how Doc knew to be at the end of the tunnel with the "rope" to save Marty.
Bits and pieces were cut out of the dinner scene. When Marty Sr. says "I missed that whole thing", he's referring to a cut scene where Lorraine mentions that Uncle Joey was turned down for parole again.
In 2015, several cars from other sci-fi movies can be seen, including a Spinner from Blade Runner (1982) and the StarCar from The Last Starfighter (1984). Other cars seen are (highly) modified Ford Probes and Mustangs, as well as concept cars.
Mr. Strickland's office placard identifies him as "S.S. Strickland." While it has been speculated that it stands for "School Superintendent", a photo album included with the deluxe edition of Back to the Future: The Game lists his name as Stanford S. Strickland (born 1925).
The matchbox Marty took from Biff's office says Pleasure Paradise before it changed to Auto Detailing once he burned the Almanac magazine. This explains Biff's business when he is in 1985.
Doc tells Marty, "Just say 'no'" to Griff Tannen, when they first arrive in 2015. That phrase was the popular Reagan Administration slogan for peer pressure among youth in the 80s. Not only was Ronald Reagan spoofed in this film, but Fox's Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982) was a supporter of the president.
Ranked 498 on Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time in 2008.
According to Bob Gale, during negotiations, Crispin Glover's agents told producers that Crispin would only agree to appear in the sequels if he was given script approval and one million dollars. The producers asked Crispin's agents to come back with a more reasonable offer, or they would assume he was not interested in being in the film. Crispin refused to budge on his conditions, so Gale rewrote the script to lessen George McFly's screen time. Crispin disputes this saying he was offered less than Lea Thompson for a similar sized role due to his complaints about the ending of the original film.
Elisabeth Shue is actually the third person to play Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer. Melora Hardin briefly played Jennifer when Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty. Then, Claudia Wells played Jennifer along with Fox as Marty in Back To The Future (1985).
Was the first film to be released onto videocassette by MCA/Universal Home Video.
The shooting title for the movie was "Paradox". During some special features on the DVD release, it is seen used on the slate during the making of the movie.
Marty McFly, Jr. was born in 1998.
Screenwriter Bob Gale was inspired to write science fiction by the George Pal version of The Time Machine that he watched as a kid and subsequently gobbled up a lot of time travel novels thereafter.
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One of the conceptions of the 2015 universe that didn't make it on screen because of the budget cuts was a sport called "Slam Ball" that would be played in an anti-gravity chamber and combine Jai Alai, handball, and roller derby.
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Griff Tannen's car in 2015 is a modified 6 series BMW.
In the future, there's a brand called Fusion Industries visible in a back alley, it's also the brand for the new organic energy feeder of the DeLorean.
The motivation for writing a scene with an automatically hydrating oven in the future was due to product placement needs with Pizza Hut's sponsorship. Pizza Hut provided a professional food stylist and pizza kitchen to be at the set of the future McFly house to make hot, attractive pizzas for each take.
During production a 1:15 sized Delorean was used for several blue screen shots at a distance. In 2008, models of the Delorean in this size were released to the public. New features included several sound bites from the films.
On the notion that both Biff and Lorraine were 18 in 1955, this means that when Marty encounters both in 2015, they would be 78 years old.
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The guitar hanging on the wall above the video game in Cafe 80's is the same guitar played by future Marty later in the film. It's a Paul Reed Smith guitar with a metallic blue/purple finish.
We learn several bits of information about Needles during his phone call with Marty. In the order they appear on the screen, they are: -Needles, Douglas J. -Occupation: Sys Operations -Age: 47 -Birthday: August 6, 1968 -Address: 88 Oriole Rd, A6t -Wife: Lauren Anne -Children: Roberta, 23 Amy, 20 -Food Prefence: Steak, Mex -Food Dislike: Fish, Tuna -Drinks: Scotch, Beer -Hobbies: Avid Basketball Fan -Sports: Jogging, Slamball, Tennis -Politics: None
Futuristic parking lots and curb-sides have white-painted "No Landing" zones, now that many of the "mid-2010's-era" vehicles are (or have been converted to) flying vehicles.
Bob Gale originally wrote a script for part 2 revolving around the 60's. It was re-written because when Robert Zemeckis returned from Who Framed Roger Rabbitt (1986) he didn't like it.
The scene where Doc Brown, arrives and Biff's house and discovers that Marty is gone he says " Damn! Where is that kid" ?! his 1955 counterpart said the same thing in the original when he was wondering why Marty was late for his trip back to the future during the famous clock tower scene.
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Darlene Vogel wore a red contact lens in her right eye as Griff's female gang member Spike. According to her, this idea developed because her own eye has two different colors in it.
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As the flying Delorean gets off on the Hill Valley "exit" of the Skyway, a floating sign can be seen in the background, which reads "HYPERLANE - GRID 4, RN (Rain), 20% VIS (Visibility), PHOENIX : BOSTON : LONDON, LOCAL TRAFFIC HILL VALLEY EXIT NEXT RIGHT".
A VHS tape of Animal House (1978) is visible in the antique store in 2015. John Belushi, Tim Matheson and Animal House director John Landis had all appeared in 1941 (1979), which Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale co-wrote and Steven Spielberg directed. Spielberg also had a brief relationship with John Landis. Landis would give Spielberg a cameo in The Blues Brothers (1980). Landis also included a poster of the Spielberg directed movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) in An American Werewolf in London (1981) in the scene where the werewolf chases the man in the subway. However after what happened with Landis on Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Their friendship would end.
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In the first film, it was established Marty is 17 in 1985. In 2015, Marty is 47.
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Instead of using footage of the previous film's closing scene for the opening scene of this film, it was decided that the closing scene of Back to the Future (1985) was to be re-shot, due to the re-casting of Jennifer.
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The T-shirt that Doc wears during most of the film that has the train and horse design was manufactured as part of the attire for the attendants when "Back to the Future (1985): The Ride" was running at Universal Hollywood and Universal Orlando. Since the ride is no longer at these attractions, the shirts have been widely distributed and costs on the average go well beyond US$200 on eBay.
This is the only film in the trilogy not to include Marty's siblings, Dave and Linda. However, they are mentioned by Biff.
This time travel film takes place on the night where DST (Daylight Saving Time) ends for the year 1985.
The song that is heard at the 80s Café is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.
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The futuristic looking cab that takes "old Biff" to the DeLorean, while it is parked near Marty and Jennifer's 2015 home, is a Citroen DS. This car went into production in October 1955, so it could, conceivably, have appeared in the original Back to the Future (1985). The same car appears as a wreck in the "alternative" 1985.
The casino neon sign incorporating Biff Tannen's signature was modeled after a neon sign that once stood on Bob Stupak's Vegas World Casino (now the Stratosphere) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bob Gale wrote the first draft of the screenplay on his own because Robert Zemeckis was busy filming Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) at the time.
The film's trailer features an alternate take not in the final cut of the film.
One of the screens in the Café 80s is showing 'Taxi (1980)', which also starred Christopher Lloyd.
George Douglas McFly was born on April 1, 1938.
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Ranked #23 on Empire Magazines' 50 Greatest Movie Sequels in 2009.
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The movie predicts the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 against a team from Miami whose mascot is a green alligator. In the actual year of 2015, not only did the Cubs make the playoffs (Cubs lost to the Mets in the 2015 NLCS 4 games to 0), but so did the Royals (who won the 2015 World Series beating the Mets in 5 games) and Cardinals (the writer of Back to the Future is a Cardinals fan whose team lost to the Cubs in the 2015 NLDS), the two teams who had played Game 6 of the World Series on the night Marty went back in time - October 26, 1985. While neither the Marlins nor Rays made the playoffs, the Astros did , and their mascot - Orbit - is also green.
Despite both of their ancestors having blue eyes, both Marty Jr. and Griff have distinct brown eyes.
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The only film in the franchise where the future (2015) is actually visited.
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According to the sign hung above the front door of Biff's house his grandmother's first name is "Gertrude."
The headline of a newspaper shows that Doc Brown is admitted into a mental hospital in the alternate 1985 after Doc and Marty return from 2015. Christopher Lloyd also played the role of Taber, a mental patient in One flew over the Cuckoo's nest (1975). He also plays a mental patient in The Dream Team (1989)
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The Jaws (1987) video game seen in the antique store window was made by LJN for the early releases on the Nintendo Entertainment System. LJN would go on to make video games based on this movie and Back to the Future Part III (1990). LJN also made the NES game based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). A doll of Roger also appears in that same window with the Jaws game.
This is the only film in the trilogy to feature a female member of a Tannen gang.
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In the first draft of the script, Marty's middle name was "Hopkins".
At the 80s Café, Marty orders a Pepsi. Michael J. Fox had appeared in Pepsi adverts in the 1980s.
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It took 11 months for Back to The Future: Part II (1989) and Back to the Future: Part III (1990) to be filmed back to back.
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On the fax that tells Marty he's fired, the address, "11249 Business Center Road, Hill Valley, CA 95420-4345," is obviously fictional, but in reality the ZIP code belongs to the city of Caspar, about 500 miles north of Los Angeles on the coast of California.
Premiered on November 22, 1989, the day before the twenty-sixth anniversary of the first episode of 'Doctor Who (1963)(TV)', also about a doctor with long white hair who travels through time in a commonplace object. Years later, the word "DeLorean" was featured on an episode featuring the Thirteenth Doctor.
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The hover board chase scene is similar to famous skateboard chase scene in the original. Marty attempts to give the hover board back to the little girl but she rejects it after obtaining the most powerful air skateboard "The Pit Bull". In the original Marty was able give the skateboard back to the little boy.
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1985-A is the only time line in the whole trilogy that you never get to see during daylight, besides night. In other words, it is the only one that Doc and Marty travel to where it is night time during the whole time they're in it.
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The image of two nude women on the large screen when Marty Jr. says "art off" is "The Gold of Their Bodies (Et l'or de leurs corps)" by Paul Gauguin. The original is in Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.
The day Marty time travels to the year 2015, October 21, 2015, happened to be the day the Chicago Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs. In the film, there is a joke stating the Cubs finally win the World Series. In reality, the Cubs were swept 0-4 in a series against the New York Mets, knocking them out of the playoffs and the chance to win the World Series.
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Thomas F. Wilson, who plays Biff Tannen, and Joe Flaherty, who plays the Western Union delivery man, would both play small parts in the TV series Freaks and Geeks. In this movie and the TV series, the two actors didn't share any scenes.
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In alternate 1985, Doc reveals that alternate 1985 Doc was committed to a mental institution. Christopher Lloyd appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), where he plays a patient in a mental institution.
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In an interview, years after working on this film, Flea (Needles) called this movie "a multi-million dollar piece of trash".
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In the film, Doc, Marty and Jennifer travel across time to 2015 and they travel back in time to alternate 1985. 2015 was the year Terminator Genisys (2015), the reboot of the classic time travel film The Terminator (1984) was released. In that film, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travels back through time to 1984 and travels forward across time with Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) to alternate 2017.
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Marty and Marty Jr. both wear a multicolored cap. An plausible nod to the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who (1963). In that series, the 6th incarnation of the show's title character The Doctor (Colin Baker) an extra terrestrial time traveler wore an multicolored jacket. Doctor Who (1963) was canceled the same year as this film's release.
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Claudia Wells was unable to return as Jennifer Parker due to her Mother's ill health and Elisabeth Shue assumed the role.
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If you pay close attention to the sign at the entry of the HILLDALE neighborhood, the subtext reads "A Place For Success" but someone has vandalized the sign to read "A Place For Suckers" (The letters "CK" are spray painted on) The vandalism is a subtle suggestion that Hilldale, a seemingly middle class neighborhood, is not a good area. This is a payoff to the repeated lines by the police officers who take Jennifer home. Twice they complain about how bad the neighborhood is and the kinds of people who live there.
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You can see Michael Jackson posters on the wall of the African American's family house when Marty enters, one of them is "Off The Wall" and the other one is "Thriller". And you can hear "Beat It" in the bar when Marty enters, and see an animated figure of Michael Jackson on the screen telling the customers about the Menu.
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In the film the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, but in reality the Kansas City Royals were the 2015 World Champions (defeating the Mets who beat the Cubs 4 games to 0 in the 2015 NLCS). The last time the Royals won the World Series was in 1985, the year that the first film and part of this film take place.
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The film featured a futuristic Texaco gas station when Marty and Doc arrive in 2015. Texaco merged with Chevron on February 8, 2002 (becoming ChevronTexaco until May 9, 2005 where Chevron dropped the Texaco part of the merged company name) - at the time of the merger, Texaco business interests with Equilon and Motiva Enterprises were purchased by Shell Oil Company U.S.A., and existing Texaco gas stations in operation prior to February 2002 were rebranded as Shell. As of 2015, Texaco no longer operates as an independent company - Chevron has nonexclusive rights to the Texaco brand since 2004.
According to the Animated Annecdotes on the DVD, the expandable baseball bat Griff Tannen uses is a "Kirk Gibson Jr. Slugger 2000."
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The main thing that the science fiction genre has taught us about time travel is about it's consequences: Elderly Biff steals the time machine and gives the almanac to his younger self to profit and get rich resulting in the creation of an alternate 1985 which Biff is greedy, evil and corrupt and rules a chaotic dystopic society.
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Also present in the 2015 antique shop, front and center, is the video game Burgertime for NES. Burgertime which was an arcade game ported to several home video game platforms also including Mattel Intellivision and Atari 2600.
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Mr. Strickland is the gym teacher in 1955, as evidenced by the whistle he wears around his neck.
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In real life 2015. The Pepsi Company decided to celebrate the Back to the Future trilogies 30th anniversary by manufacturing and releasing 6,500 replicas of the 2015 Pepsi bottle from Back to the Future Part II (1989) for the price of $20.15. as a limited special edition.
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Bob Gale had the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series as a joke due to him being a St. Louis Cardinals fan. While he did correctly predict Miami having a Major League Baseball team by 2015, the Cubs wound up getting swept by the New York Mets in the 2015 NLCS 4 games to 0.
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Douglas J. Needles was born on August 6, 1968.
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When Marty walks past the antique store in the future a copy of "Jaws" on Nintendo can be seen in the window. The Nintendo game "Jaws" was produced by a company called LJN which is also the same company that would later produce the "Back to the Future" series of games that later appeared on Nintendo and Sega.
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Amy Needles was born in 1995.
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The Back to the Future trilogy, Gremlins (1984) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) are all produced by Steven Spielberg and all have eccentric inventors, madcap inventions and pet dogs Einstein, Barney and Uncas.
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They were 1 year off on the Cubs winning the World Series
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Roberta Needles was born in 1992.
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The movie's prediction of a Major League Baseball team in Miami was not as far off or far fetched as it may appear. At the time of the movie, Miami was known to be actively seeking a Major League Baseball team. It was less than two years after the film's release when the city was awarded with an expansion team the Florida (later Miami) Marlins who began play in 1993. During the 2015 season, the Marlins used some promotional themes and giveaways relating to the fictional Miami team portrayed in the movie. This included T-Shirts with the fictional team's logo noting them as 2015 American League Champions. On one occasion the Marlins mascot Billy Marlin was altered to fit the Back To The Future themed promotions and was temporarily renamed Billy McFly. In addition, one of the promotional events was held during a Marlins series in which they played the Cubs, the fictional winners of the 2015 World Series as seen in the film.
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Miami becoming an American League franchise in 2015 was not far off, as the Marlins were one of two National League franchises considered to switch leagues for the 2013 season. The Major League Baseball Board of Governors voted to move the Houston Astros from the National League Central to the American League West that season.
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Terminator Genisys (2015) the reboot of The Terminator (1984) which is a classic time travel film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a time traveling robotic assassin was released in 2015, which is the year Doc, Marty and Jennifer travel forward across time to.
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Charles Fleischer: Terry the tow truck driver from 1955 also plays the older version of his character, who wishes he had bet on the Cubbies. Fleischer also provides the off-screen voice of Biff's grandmother.

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Robert Zemeckis: [police] The two police officers are named Reese and Foley, which are the names that director Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale use for any police or government agents in the films they have written.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After Biff gets his cane stuck in the DeLorean upon returning to 2015, he starts to thrash around in pain, apparently having a hard time from the exertion. Robert Zemeckis has stated that Biff was experiencing the same thing Marty did at the dance in the first movie: fading out of history. The idea was that, by going back in time to give the sports almanac to his younger self, Biff had somehow altered his own future so that he no longer existed in the year 2015. According to script drafts, Biff's wife (Marty's mother) had shot and killed the abusive Biff in 1996. A deleted scene in the DVD extras makes this much clearer as we actually see Biff vanish.
In this movie a disguised "1985 Doc Brown" holds a conversation with his 1955 counterpart. 1985 Doc is wearing a brown trench coat and hat. If you look carefully in Back to the Future (1985), you can see a man dressed exactly like this (and therefore, presumably Doc) walking away shortly before the clock-tower scene. In the DVD commentary it is explained that this was not intentional, as the script for Back to the Future Part II (1989) hadn't even been written at the time that they filmed the first one.
Biff's alternate 1985 incarnation was loosely inspired by Donald J. Trump, while Lorraine's was based upon Tammy Faye Bakker.
Doc expresses his regret that he will never be able to visit his favorite historical era, the Old West, and suggests that instead he should devote himself to studying women. He gets to do both in Back to the Future Part III (1990).
In front of the entrance to the Biff Tannen Museum, there is a sign that reads "Smoking Required".
In the original script, Pa Peabody was to have been evaluated at a mental institution for claiming to have seen a spacecraft (the DeLorean in the first film). As soon as he is released, he sees a flying DeLorean and fires his shotgun at it, damaging the time circuits. This is the reason the destination time display flickers over to read 01.01.1885. On the Region 1 DVD commentary, Bob Gale mentions the scene was dropped when Will Hare was not available to return for the sequel.
Near the end of the film when Marty is attempting to steal the almanac back from Biff, they approach and eventually drive through a tunnel. This is the same tunnel Private Investigator Eddie Valiant drives through to reach Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), which was likewise directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown).
One scene from Back to the Future Part III (1990) was filmed during the shooting of Part 2. After filming the scene where Doc and Marty return from the future to "1985A" and drop Jennifer off on her front porch swing, the cast and crew waited for daylight and film the Part III scene where she is awakened.
The ending of Doc's departure to 1885 via weather and his ensuing telegram to Marty is foreshadowed. During the beginning, Doc commented how he wished postal delivery was as reliable as the meteorological service.
When Doc sees the future newspaper headline change to tell him that he was "commended" instead of "committed", a headline at the bottom of the page changes from "Nixon seeks fifth term" to "Reagan seeks second term". (Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan).
One initial idea for the sequel had the first two acts the same, but the third act had Biff giving his younger self the almanac in the 1960s, not in 1955. When Marty went back to stop him, he ran into his parents again (who were now hippies) and almost stopped his own conception. Robert Zemeckis decided that it was too similar an idea to the first film, and George and Lorraine would have been too old to be hippies. He came up with the idea of revisiting the original Back to the Future (1985) from different angles with the two Martys in 1955.
The 1990 TV special The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy (1990) showed some sequences cut from the film:
  • Biff fades out of 2015 after stumbling out of the DeLorean and behind some trash cans
  • Marty discovers the destroyed Hill Valley High School
Biff Tannen's rise to fortune occurred in 1958 (not in 1955), as mentioned during the Biff Museum's video presentation. Biff would have been 17 going on 18 years old in 1955. Too young to legally gamble, he had to wait until 1958 (when he was 21 years old) to get into the race track to place any bets.
Several elaborate sequences were deleted through various revisions of the script, including:
  • During the 2015 hoverboard chase, Marty grabs on to a flying car that actually pulls him into the sky to a very high altitude. When Marty loses his grip, he is rescued by Doc in a flying van.
  • Marty and Doc, after learning when Biff received the almanac, have to escape in the DeLorean during a police shootout. When the car's flying circuits are damaged by gunfire, Doc plunges the time machine straight toward the ground in order to reach 88mph.
  • While Marty and Doc try to recover the almanac, the fusion generator (and in later revisions, the time circuits) is damaged by Farmer Peabody (a character Marty encountered in the first film) who still thinks the DeLorean is a space ship.
With Mr. Fusion and the flight circuits heavily damaged, Marty and Doc fly the DeLorean into an array of power lines over the Grand Canyon to generate enough power to return to 1985.
The film depicts an alternate, dystopian 1985 where President Richard Nixon has been elected to a fifth term. This was also a plot point in the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen (1986-7). Both Alan Moore and BTTF series writer Bob Gale have written for Batman comic books.
In 2015, when Doc and Marty look at the USA Today newspaper and see the headline change, the following headlines and blurbs are: Across the top: 1. Slamball Playoffs Begin (Slamball would become a televised sport in 2002) 2. Cubs Sweep Series In 5 (a World Series sweep would be in 4 wins thus implying the playoffs have been expanded in the future) 3. Marshall Runs 3min. Mile 4. Washington Prepares For Queen Diana's Visit (the film was released 8 years before Princess Diana's death) On The Side 1. Man Killed By Falling Litter 2. Tokyo Stocks Are Up 3. Swiss Terrorist Threat 4. Shredding For Charity 5. President Says She's Tired 6. Queen Diana... (Repeated Headline) 7. Kelp Prices Increase 8. Pitcher Suspended For Bionic Arm Use 9. Slamball Playoffs (Repeated Headline) 10. Jaws (1975) Without Bite (Movie review of the "Jaws 19" gag in the film) Main Headline of Griff and His Gang's arrest: "Gang Jailed" "Hoverboard Rampage Destroys Courthouse" "Gang Leader: I Was Framed" Caption below Griff's picture: Gang Leader Had Bionic Overload.
When the producers knew they were going to make a sequel they tried to get as much of the original cast back together. The only actor who did not agree straight away was Crispin Glover, who disputed his salary and so the character of George McFly was written out (murdered in the alternate future).
More time periods are visited in Back to the Future Part II (1989) than in any other Back to the Future movie: The good 1985, 2015, 1985-Alternate, 1955, and 1885. Although the last one was not visited until Back to the Future Part III (1990), the trailer for Part III is shown just before the closing credits, so in a way, it could be considered part of this movie as well. The only time period that isn't represented in the movie in any shape or form is the "original" 1985 that Back to the Future (1985) starts in.
In the alternate timeline, George McFly is murdered on March 15th - the ides of March. This date was made infamous by the assassination of respected Roman leader Gaio Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) in 44 BC.
When the DeLorean is struck by lightning at the end, it travels back to January 1, 1885 at 12:00am (as shown by the malfunctioning time circuits before the jump). At the beginning of the movie, they travel to October 21, 2015 at 4:29pm. This means that the total time the DeLorean has passed through during the entire series, counting all the on-screen jumps, is 130 years, 9 months, 20 days, 16 hours, and 29 minutes. This, however, doesn't include the off-screen jumps Doc Brown made before he returned to 1985 to pick up Marty and Jennifer (he does mention those jumps to Marty and even shows him a newspaper from a slightly more distant future).
According to the revised $6 USA Today newspaper article (which formerly featured Marty McFly Jr. arrested for theft and now featured Griff Tannen's gang arrested for destruction of the Hill Valley courthouse's window), the real names of Griff's 2015 gang - Data, Spike and Whitey - are Rafe Unger, Leslie O'Malley, and Chester Nogura.
This is the only film in the series that does not end with a time travel vehicle flying directly at the camera.
In early scripting, the Delorean's malfunctioning time-circuits were due to a police-shootout's and/or Old Man Peabody's having damaged the car from gunfire. These scenes were later rejected, and so the time-display's flickering was impliedly attributed to merely the amateur "prototypical" construction of the time machine (Doc had been the first one to successfully create time travel, after all, and so his initial invention, the somewhat cobbled-together sports-car rig, rather than the subsequently-constructed and more-professionally-designed steam-locomotive machine, would understandably be fairly primitive and experimental, and thus more prone to malfunctions), and to all the stress and battering about that it endured (especially during the periods with the inexperienced Marty and the clumsy/infirm Biff at the controls) during its life up to that time.
In 1985A, the newspaper bearing the story of Doc's mental hospital commitment has a story about Richard Nixon seeking a fifth presidential term. This is believed to have been inspired by the Alan Moore graphic novel Watchmen, in which Richard Nixon is serving a fifth term.
The original draft of the script had Doc and Marty traveling to 1967 instead of back to 1955 to stop Biff. Marty once again encounters his mother, and accidentally prevents her from going on vacation with his father, thus stopping his own conception and endangering his existence once more. Throughout the 1967 scenes, the 1985 Doc is continuously hiding from his 1967 counterpart, but the duo requires the younger version's help since the "Mr. Fusion" is broken.
On his tombstone, George McFly (who was born on 1 April 1938), is revealed to have a middle name: Douglas.
The principal actors committed to the sequels before any scripts were written. Crispin Glover did not return and writer Bob Gale came up with the idea to have George be murdered as a way of writing Crispin Glover out of the script.
Biff's grandmother, Gertrude, is the mother of Biff's father, Irving 'Kid' Tannen, as seen in Back to the Future: The Game.
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The Wild Gunman (1984) video game that Marty plays at the 80s Café when he talks to the two boys is a strong foreshadowing of Back of the Future Part III (1990) which Marty travels back through time to 1885 to rescue Doc whom is trapped in that time period.
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In Back to the Future Part II, Marty, Doc, and Jennifer travel to October 21, 2015. While there Marty sees a news story showing the Cubs winning the World Series in a sweep against Miami. In 2015, the Chicago Cubs did make their first playoff appearance since 2008 and made it to the NLCS (by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals). However, on October 21, 2015 the Cubs were swept by the New York Mets.
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