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Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.



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Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly receives written word from his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, as to where can be found the DeLorean time machine. However, an unfortunate discovery prompts Marty to go to his friend's aid. Using the time machine, Marty travels to the old west where his friend has run afoul of a gang of thugs and has fallen in love with a local schoolteacher. Using the technology from the time, Marty and Emmett devise one last chance to send the two of them back to the future. Written by Vampire Sharpshooter

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They've saved the best trip for last... But this time they may have gone too far.


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Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)


$87,666,629 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Doc blows the train whistle he exclaims "I've wanted to do that my entire life!" This was also said by the boy in The Polar Express when he blew the train whistle. Both movies are Robert Zemekis films. See more »


Doc rides bareback to tell Clara goodbye (his unsaddled horse is hitched at the saloon the next morning). Likewise, Marty rides bareback to find Doc that morning. Yet both jump on saddled horses after the gunfight to catch the train. See more »


[first lines]
Marty McFly: Doc! Doc! Doc!
Young Doc: [not paying attention] What?
Marty McFly: Doc!
Young Doc: What?
Marty McFly: Doc!
Young Doc: [finally seeing him] Aaaah!
Marty McFly: Okay, relax, Doc, it's me! It's me, It's Marty!
Young Doc: No, it can't be! I just sent you back to the future!
Marty McFly: Oh, I know you did send me back to the future. But I'm back, I'm back *from* the future.
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The film opens with all four versions of the Universal Pictures company bumper. See more »


Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard (as ZZ Top)
Performed by ZZ Top
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Available on Warner Bros. Records
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Just as incredible as the first two, Back To The Future III provides two hours of great fun.
11 July 2000 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Doc Brown and Marty McFly are back for another time travel adventure, and once again their exploits are great to watch. The film is well-written and directed, and all of the actors involved delivered spectacular performances once again. There could not have been a sharper contrast between the last Back To The Future and this one (we go from the neon colored future of flying cars and 3D movies to the old dirty west with its overflowing spittoons and gunfighting), yet the story holds together strongly and keeps the attention of the audience from start to finish.

The old west was portrayed beautifully, although maybe a bit crudely and stereotypically, and the way that the town of Hill Valley was transformed for all three films is one of the biggest highlights of the series as a whole. In Back To The Future III, the challenges that face Doc and Marty are ingenius, and a solution to their problems is extremely difficult to think of, which makes it that much more fun to watch the film.

Back To The Future III is an excellent way to have ended the trilogy, which as a whole is among the best trilogies ever made. What other group of movies follows the same characters through their adventures which take place in three different centuries? Clearly, Back To The Future III deserves a lot of respect, as do the previous two films. They are all a huge amount of fun to watch, and the films can be enjoyed by people of all ages, which is a quality that few films possess.If you haven't seen these films, go out and get them, and if you have seen them, you may want to go out and watch them again.

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