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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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Robert Zemeckis (characters), Bob Gale (characters) | 3 more credits »
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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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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

The part of Seamus McFly was originally written for Crispin Glover. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, while Doc is dictating into his tape recorder, Copernicus is on the right side of the couch. As Marty says, "Hey Doc," Doc turns around and screams. As he screams the camera cuts to a view of Marty, and Copernicus is on the left side of the couch. The next instant as Doc is falling backwards, Copernicus is seen on the right side of the couch again. 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 »

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Featured in Tales from the Future: Third Time's the Charm (2010) See more »

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Doubleback (Acoustic Instrumental Version)
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Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard
Performed by ZZ Top
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The Conclusion Of A Trilogy That Is Sheer Fun, Excitement & Energy
31 July 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Marty and doc are back, but in another time. They go to the West in 1885 in order to save Doc's life and from then on the Western adventure takes place. It's a pity that so many people disliked the third movie because, in my humble opinion, it's a great finale to this fantastic trilogy. It is very well written with rich characters and clever dialogues. This third part does differ in the sense that it's set in the West and has less of the futuristic gadgets and gizmos (obviously, since it's not set in the distant future but you'll still see a few including a time-travelling freight train) but it still retains the same energy, a different kind of action and it pays a nice homage to Western classics. Fox and Lloyd continue their roles of the teen hero and the crazy doctor (and it never gets old) but this time there's a new female lead. Mary Steenburgen delivers a hilariously wonderful performance as the ditsy Clara. She and Lloyd are funny and sweet together. Clara is the perfect lady for Doc and Steenburgen fits the part like a glove. This time, Lea Thompson appears as an Irish settler. Zemeckis has brilliantly picked up from where the second one ended. The film ends on a delightful note and I would have liked to see more 'Back to The Future' movies. But, I'm still very pleased with the way it is. There have been only very few trilogies that have impressed me overall. My list includes names like Ray's 'Apu Trilogy' and Coppola's 'Godfather' trilogy and of course Zemeckis's 'Back To The Future' movies.


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