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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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Robert Zemeckis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Marty McFly / Seamus McFly
Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown
Mary Steenburgen ... Clara Clayton
Thomas F. Wilson ... Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen / Biff Tannen
Lea Thompson ... Maggie McFly / Lorraine McFly
Elisabeth Shue ... Jennifer Parker
Matt Clark ... Chester the Bartender
Richard Dysart ... Barbwire Salesman
Pat Buttram ... Jeb, Saloon Old-Timer #3
Harry Carey Jr. ... Zeke, Saloon Old-Timer #2
Dub Taylor ... Levi, Saloon Old-Timer #1
James Tolkan ... Marshal James Strickland
Marc McClure ... Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber ... Linda McFly
Jeffrey Weissman ... George McFly
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,089,645, 27 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$87,727,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,527,583
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Doc and Marty are at the drive-in preparing the DeLorean for the trip to 1885, Marty mentions Clint Eastwood and Doc replies, "Clint who?" In this shot, there is a movie poster on the drive-in's wall showcasing Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula (1955), containing some of the first film appearances of a young, then-unknown Eastwood. Marty even looks to and briefly points to the poster as he says to Doc "That's right, you haven't heard of him yet." See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, Mad Dog Tannen is holding Doc Brown hostage trying to lure Marty out into the street for a duel. He tells Marty that if he doesn't face him now, he will shoot Doc Brown. When Marty doesn't come out, Tannen pulls his single action Colt pistol and points it at Doc's head. When he does this we can hear the distinctive clicking sound of the hammer being cocked as he's raising the gun, but his thumb never actually touches the hammer at any point when he draws his pistol. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The film opens with all four versions of the Universal Pictures company bumper. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 2002 DVDs for parts II and III had major framing errors when the wrong areas of the open-matte frame were transferred (known as the "framing fiasco"). This is noticeable for several minutes in each movie and usually manifests as too much sky and missing objects at the bottom. Universal had replacements ready by 2003. A sample from part III is the fuel injection manifold exploding out of the car, which is supposed to be visible. Copies with a "V2" next to the copyright notice on the disc (on replacements only; in trilogy sets a "V2" is on the II disc), the 2009 single-disc reprint, and the 25th anniversary sets are OK. See more »

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Underrated and unappreciated third sequel an epic time travel adventure
2 March 2018 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Underrated doesn't deserve the hate. Back to the Future Part III is so unappreciated. I keep hearing from people how bad this film is. Am I the only one who enjoyed this film? It is not a masterpiece like the first one is but it is a tied with the first one and it is a great sequel a great end to an excellent trilogy. Back to the Future is one of my all time favorite trilogy's of all time. I love the first film to death and it is a masterpiece and I love this (the third film) to death. Back to the Future Part III in my opinion it is tied with the first one and it is one of the best sequels of all time. It is my second favorite film in the trilogy in my opinion it is better than Part II I have enjoyed it more than Part II.

Michael J. Fox , Christopher Lloyd and Mary Steenburgen are excellent at acting I have enjoyed their performances. Robert Zemeckis writes and directs excellent this sequel. Alan Silvestri writes a beautiful score for third film which it was shot back to back with the second film. I Love the new score for this movie.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

I love that this film was set in the Old West back in 1885. I love the rescue mission in which Marty goes back in time from the year 1955 back in to the past in to the Old West to save his best friend Doc Brown from getting killed by an outlaw Buford Tannen. I love western movies and Marty McFly was naming him self as Clint Eastwood in this film which it was brilliant. They even make similarity from A Fistful of Dollars (one of my all time favorite western films) in which Marty wears a boiler plate as a bullet proof vest in which Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) shoots Marty. This movie has comedy, adventure, action, bank robbery, train robbery, gun fights, fist fights and one explosion. Great acting from the actors, great direction and great writing, great score. This movie shows group of Indians, followed closely by Cavalry men who are chasing them. Doc saves Marty just before he would be hang by Buford and his men.

I did like that the film was more focusing on Doc and Marty the characters that we care about. Rather then Loraine and Biff like Part II did. The movie wasn't dark like the second was. I love how Doc and Marty pushes the DeLorean along the spur line, on the tracks attempting to get it up to 88 miles per hour. DeLorean then reaches 88mph and disappears...with the locomotive barreling over the side of the ravine, and exploding in a huge fireball, brilliant and well done special effect. I love that the movie does not messes with the first two movies and it is an original film I appreciate that.

It is Rated PG for language, sensuality and violence. It is a perfect film from the 90's that I have grew up with it. It is my second favorite film in the trilogy I love, love this film to death and doesn't deserve the hate. 10/10 Score: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval a perfect score for me.


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