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 seven hundred sixty-five thousand dollars 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.
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 p.m. If they had noticed this, they would have known someone had used the time machine without them.
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.
When 1985 Jennifer discovers herself in her 2015 house, 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.
To commemorate the release of a 30th anniversary Back to the Future Blu-ray 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 travelled 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 this movie did not come true in reality.
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 three characters in the same shot. To the film crew's surprise however, everything was exactly where it was supposed to be for the sequence.
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.
Filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part III (1990). It was claimed at the time that in the four years since 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 Michael J. Fox has since stated that this was an early symptom of his Parkinson's Disease, although the medical diagnosis was not made until 1991.
The principal actors and actresses 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 one hundred twenty-five, Gale re-wrote the sequel script to lessen George McFly's screentime. 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.
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 "Hill Valley" was created for 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.
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.
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 '80s, 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 vistaglide, 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. This 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.
The football scores Biff hears on the radio while driving are all actual scores from November 12, 1955, and the UCLA and Washington game he and old Biff listen to did 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 "3-D" because he wears 3-D glasses. In 1955, he wears the paper kind issued at 1950's style 3-D 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.
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 (1985)) 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).
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 and actresses feet. To make the boards fly, the actors were suspended by cables, which were then erased during post-production.
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.
This movie 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 franchise was released. Spielberg also came up with Marty's response to seeing the hologram, "The shark still looks fake", referring to Spielberg's frustration and doubts about "Bruce", the mechanical shark in Jaws (1975).
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 make-up for the two sequels, since he would primarily be portraying the 1985 incarnation of Doc.
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).
Originally, only one sequel was planned. The script for this sequel, known as "Paradox" included all the elements of this movie 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.)
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.
Doc mentions that he left Einstein in a suspended animation kennel in 2015. This line was written 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 that film and the beginning of this one.
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.
On September 8, 2011, the Parkinson's Research Foundation announced that fifteen hundred 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 Tinie Tempah for the winning bid of thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars.
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. There's also a JVC Super VHS camcorder of 1988.
To commemorate the film, a fake teaser trailer spoofing the non-existent "Jaws 19" was released on October 21, 2015. It describes all nineteen 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 in "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!"
DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Robert Zemeckis): [police]: The two police officers are named Reese and Foley, which are the names that Robert Zemeckis and Screenwriter Bob Gale use for any police or government Agents in the films they have written.
Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) are the only actor and actress who play their exact same characters young and old in four different time periods: 1955, 1985, 1985-Alternate, and 2015. 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 Mad Dog Tannen, his twentieth century character's ancestor.
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 eighty-eight miles per hour after being hit by lightning.
In the 1985 scene where Marty watches a documentary on the life of Biff in front of the casino, there is a still photo of the part III 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.
In fall of 2011, Mattel gave the announcement of their official production of the hoverboard, slated for a November or December release in 2012. The company started the promotion orders in March 2012, by taking orders that were extended into April. All the 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.
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 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.
Some of the items displayed in the Cafe '80s 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, 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, Gray's 1950 - 2000 Sports Almanac, computer keyboard, J.F.K. bust, rounded white telephone, Magnavox Weekender radio, NES RC Pro AM video game box, and Marty's denim jacket (with pin).
The Wild Gunman (1984) video game in Cafe '80s 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.
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 Cafe '80s 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 a fitness and workout club. While the Cafe '80s is primarily a restaurant, there are people seen working out on the exercise bikes (seen when Griff tells the riders "Keep pedalling, you two").
The original theatrical and premium cable television 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 television versions have dropped the teaser.)
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 re-shoot the scene, and you can clearly see her hitting the pillar and falling to the ground in the final film.
In the 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 Back to the Future trilogy was released on Blu-ray in a 25th Anniversary Edition.
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 science fiction 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 "SS" is obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to the infamously-harsh/dictatorial German "Schutzstaffel" paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler (i.e., the dreaded "SS") during WW2, and is a grimly-humorous reference to how excessively heavy-handed and sternly totalitarian Mr. Strickland's rule is over his students. The BTTF book identifies his first name as "Gerald".
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 1990s, and pushing the World Series until later in October, and in the case of 2015, early November.
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.
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. This is a condition called Heterochromia iridum.
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).
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.
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.
Screenwriter Bob Gale was inspired to write science fiction by the George Pal version of The Time Machine (1960) that he watched as a kid, and subsequently gobbled up a lot of time travel novels thereafter.
The scene where Doc Brown arrives at 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.
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 re-wrote the script to lessen George McFly's screentime. 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.
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.
During production, a 1:15 sized Delorean was used for several bluescreen 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.
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
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".
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: The Ride" was running at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando. Since the ride is no longer at these attractions, the shirts have been widely distributed, and costs on the average go well beyond two hundred dollars on eBay.
The Tannen family seems to skip a generation: Biff has a grandson named Griff, but Biff's children/Griff's parents are never seen or even mentioned. Biff lives with his grandmother in 1955 but his parents are never seen or mentioned.
The futuristic looking cab that takes "old Biff" to the DeLorean, while it is parked near Marty and Jennifer's 2015 house, 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.
1985-A is the only time line in the whole trilogy that you never get to see during daylight. In other words, it is the only one, to which Doc and Marty travel, where it is night time during the whole time they're in it.
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.
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 played a mental patient in The Dream Team (1989).
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.
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.
On the fax that tells Marty he's fired, the address, "11249 Business Center Road, Hill Valley, California, 95420-4345," is obviously fictional, but in reality, the ZIP code belongs to the city of Caspar, about five hundred miles north of Los Angeles on the coast of California.
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.
Director Robert Zemeckis stated that the high school dance scene from 1955 had to have the same costumes because it would be shot from a different angle. The production was nearly delayed because Lorraine's (Lea Thompson) dress couldn't be found even though they had three versions of it made in 1985. Lea Thompson then revealed to Zemeckis that she still had one of the original dresses and had to drive back home to get it.
Premiered on November 22, 1989, the day before the twenty-sixth anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who (1963), 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.
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.
In real-life 2015. The Pepsi Company decided to celebrate the Back to the Future trilogy's 30th Anniversary by manufacturing and releasing six thousand five hundred replicas of the 2015 Pepsi bottle from this movie for the price of $20.15, as a Limited Special Edition.
At the beginning of the movie, Doc assures Marty, "you and Jennifer turn out fine". Marty and Jennifer were far from fine: Marty lost everything and married Jennifer in Vegas, and even Biff comments to Marty (thinking that he is Marty Jr.) that Marty Sr. "flushed his life down the toilet".
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 Café '80s when Marty enters, and see an animated figure of Michael Jackson on the screen telling the customers about the menu.
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.
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.
Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) and Joe Flaherty, who plays the Western Union delivery man, would both play small parts in the television series Freaks and Geeks (1999). In this movie and the television series, the two didn't share any scenes.
Marty and Marty, Jr. both wear a multicolored cap. A 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 traveller wore a multicolored jacket. Doctor Who (1963) was cancelled the same year as this film's release.
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.
The hoverboard chase scene is similar to famous skateboard chase scene in the first movie. Marty attempts to give the hoverboard back to the little girl, but she rejects it after obtaining the most powerful air skateboard "The Pit Bull". In the first movie, Marty was able give the skateboard back to the little boy.
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.
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.
When Marty, Jr. almost gets hit by a car while crossing the street, he swipes at the car's hood and shouts "Hey I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" This is an exact re-creation of Dustin Hoffman's famous ad-libbed line as Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy (1969).
On October twenty first, twenty fifteen, fans gathered in the parking lot of the Puente Hills Mall, City of Industry CA, site of the fictitious Twin Pines/ Lone Pine Mall. Many fans hoped for a real time machine to appear. Others celebrated the day by watching BTTF on a giant screen.
Marty said Old Biff stole his idea with gambling from the sports almanac. Actually, this was the man who was raising money to save the clock tower's idea when he said he wished he knew the Cubs won so he could go back and bet on them when they were 100 to 1 shot. This is where Marty got the idea and bought the almanac.
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.
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.
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.
The leader of the band at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance is Marvin B-E-R-R-Y, and his band "The Starlighters" not "BARRY" as mentioned in other comments. Marvin BERRY steps off stage to call his cousin CHUCK BERRY not "BARRY" as erroneously mentioned in other comments!
Robert Zumekis and Charles Fleischer worked on the roger rabbit before this film. Charles Fleischer appears twice in This film. First, in the future, as someone collecting donations for the clock tower. He is then seen again in 1955 as a mechanic for the garage that fixes Biff's car after the famous manure scene.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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 one DVD commentary, Bob Gale mentions the scene was dropped when Will Hare was not available to return for the sequel.
One scene from Back to the Future Part III (1990) was filmed during the shooting of this movie. 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 filmed 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.
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 television 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.
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).
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 seventeen going on eighteen years old in 1955. Too young to legally gamble, he had to wait until 1958 (when he was twenty-one 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 shoot-out. When the car's flying circuits are damaged by gunfire, Doc plunges the time machine straight toward the ground in order to reach eighty-eight miles per hour. 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 is in his fifth term. This was also a plot point in the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen (1986-1987). Alan Moore and 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.
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 "original" 1985, in which Back to the Future (1985) starts, is only represented for less than a second -- in the Part III trailer, we see Marty and Jennifer reuniting outside her house from the end of the film.
When the DeLorean is struck by lightning at the end, it travels back to January 1, 1885, at 12:00 a.m. (as shown by the malfunctioning time circuits before the jump). At the beginning of the movie, they travel to October 21, 2015, at 4:29 p.m. This means that the total time the DeLorean has passed through during the entire trilogy, counting all the on-screen jumps, is one hundred thirty years, nine months, twenty days, sixteen hours, and twenty-nine 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).
In the alternate timeline, George McFly is murdered on March 15, the Ides of March. This date was made infamous by the assassination of respected Roman leader Gaio Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) in 44 B.C.
According to the revised six dollar 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.
In early scripting, the DeLorean's malfunctioning time circuits were due to a police shoot-out's 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 or infirm Biff at the controls) during its life up to that time.
The original draft of the script had Doc and Marty travelling 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.
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 principal actors committed to the sequels before any scripts were written. Crispin Glover did not return, and Bob Gale came up with the idea to have George be murdered, as a way of writing Crispin Glover out of the script.
The Wild Gunman (1984) video game that Marty plays at the Café'80s when he talks to the two boys, is a strong foreshadowing of Back of the Future Part III (1990), in which Marty travels back through time to 1885 to rescue Doc, who is trapped in that time period.