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Back to the Future Part III

Theatrical film poster
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Bob Gale
Neil Canton
Written by Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
Starring Michael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Mary Steenburgen
Thomas F. Wilson
Lea Thompson
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Harry Keramidas
Arthur Schmidt
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 25, 1990 (1990-05-25)
Running time 113 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$40,000,000
Gross revenue $244,527,583
Preceded by Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction adventure film that is the sequel to the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II and 1985 film Back to the Future and the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film uses the time travel premise of the series to take Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd) back to the Old West of 1885.



On November 12, 1955, Dr. Emmett Brown, stunned to see Marty McFly in 1955 after just sending him back to 1985, faints outside the Hill Valley courthouse. Marty takes Doc back to the Brown mansion to recover. Once Doc revives, Marty and Doc use the information in Doc’s 1885 letter to retrieve and repair the damaged DeLorean. However, as they retrieve the car, Marty spies a tombstone with Doc's name, dated six days after the letter. After learning Doc was killed by Biff Tannen's ancestor, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, Marty decides to go back to 1885 and save Doc.

Marty arrives on September 2, 1885, in the middle of a United States Cavalry pursuit of Indians. In his attempts to evade the pursuit, the car's fuel line is torn, and Marty hides the car in a cave. While walking to Hill Valley, Marty meets his Irish [2] great-great-grandparents Seamus and Maggie McFly; to disguise his identity, Marty adopts the name "Clint Eastwood". In town, Marty runs afoul of Buford and his gang, who try to hang Marty, but Doc saves him. Doc agrees to leave 1885, but discovers that with the fuel tank in the DeLorean empty and the flying circuits destroyed, there is no way to power the car. Doc devises a scheme to use a locomotive to push the DeLorean up to speed. As Doc and Marty explore the rail spur they intend to use, they spot an out-of-control horse-drawn wagon. Doc saves the passenger, who turns out to be Clara Clayton. The two fall in love, finding many common interests, especially the works of Jules Verne. Buford tries to kill Doc at a town festival over a grudge, but Marty intervenes; Buford then goads Marty into a showdown in two days’ time. Consulting the picture of Doc's tombstone, they note that Doc's name has disappeared, but the tombstone - and the date upon it - has not changed.

The night before their departure, Doc tells Clara he is from the future, but a disbelieving Clara spurns him. Heartbroken, Doc returns to the town saloon to get drunk. Marty rides to the saloon and convinces Doc to leave with him. Unfortunately, Doc drinks a single shot of whiskey to celebrate his departure and passes out. Buford arrives and tries to call Marty out, hurling insults at him. Marty realizes that his reputation is unimportant and refuses to fight Buford. Doc revives and tries to flee with Marty, but Buford's gang spots them and captures Doc, forcing Marty to fight to save Doc's life. Marty uses a firebox door from a stove as a bullet-proof shield, and then hits Buford in the face with it. During the ensuing fistfight, Buford destroys the tombstone (which vanishes from Marty's picture), is knocked unconscious, and is then arrested. With Buford no longer a threat, Marty and Doc ride after and steal the locomotive.

Clara, meanwhile, is on the train leaving town when she overhears a salesman discussing a man he'd met in the saloon, utterly despondent about his lost love; realizing the man was Doc, and that he is still in love with her, Clara triggers the emergency brake and runs back to town. She discovers Doc's model of the time travel experiment and rides out after him. Clara intercepts and boards the speeding locomotive while Doc is climbing his way towards the DeLorean. Doc encourages Clara to climb out to him, intending to bring her with them to 1985. Just then, the locomotive's boiler explodes; Clara falls off the side of the locomotive and hangs precariously by her dress. Marty passes Doc his hoverboard from 2015, and Doc uses it to save Clara. However, they can't catch up to the DeLorean, which disappears through time, while the locomotive roars over the edge of the incomplete bridge and is demolished.

Marty arrives safely on October 27, 1985, but the powerless DeLorean is destroyed seconds later when a freight train strikes it head-on. Marty returns to his home, discovers that everything has returned to the improved modified timeline, and finds Jennifer still sleeping on her front porch swing. Later, Marty avoids being goaded into a street race with Needles, thereby avoiding a potential automobile accident. Jennifer then opens the fax message she kept from 2015 and finds the message regarding Marty being fired erased.

Marty takes Jennifer to the time machine wreckage, but as they survey the remains, a steam-powered locomotive equipped with a flux capacitor appears, manned by Doc, Clara, and their children, Jules and Verne. Doc gives Marty a gift—a photo of the two of them by the clockworks at the 1885 festival—and explains to Jennifer that their future is "whatever you make it, so make it a good one". After the Browns bid farewell to their friends, Doc’s train then converts into an aerial craft and roars off into an unknown time, ending the trilogy.

Cast and crew





Michael J. Fox was asked by Zemeckis, during filming for part 1, about what time period he would like to see and responded saying he wanted to visit the old west and meet cowboys, Zemeckis and Gale were intrigued by the idea, but held it off until part 3. Filming actually started during filming for part 2, but only one scene was filmed during that time. Filming was halted when Michael J. Fox's father died and when his son was born. Mary Steenburgen was cast in mind, while her children persuaded her to star in the film.[citation needed]


The western scenes were filmed on location in Monument Valley. Some location shooting for 1885 Hill Valley was done in Jamestown, and on a purpose-built set at the Red Hills Ranch, near Sonora, California. The train scenes were filmed on the Sierra Railway[3], a heritage line in California, using their locomotive No. 3 (repainted as Central Pacific #131 for the movie).

The place where the train crashes into the DeLorean in 1985 was filmed at Port Hueneme, California 34°8′41.93″N 119°11′43.79″W / 34.1449806°N 119.1954972°W / 34.1449806; -119.1954972. The road used for the incident with the white Rolls Royce was Doris Avenue, with the corner of North Oxnard Boulevard, at Oxnard, California 34°12′30.25″N 119°11′58.46″W / 34.2084028°N 119.1995722°W / 34.2084028; -119.1995722.


The movie grossed US$23 million in its first weekend of US release and $87.6 million altogether in US box office receipts – $243 million worldwide. On December 17, 2002 Universal Pictures released Back to the Future Part III in a boxed set with the first two films on DVD and VHS which did extremely well. In the DVD widescreen edition there was a framing flaw that Universal has since corrected, available in sets manufactured after February 21, 2003.

In 1990 the movie won a Saturn Award for Best Music for Alan Silvestri and a Best Supporting Actor award for Thomas F. Wilson. In 2003 it received AOL Movies DVD Premiere Award for Best Special Edition of the Year, an award based on consumer online voting. The film received a Thumbs Up from Gene Siskel and a very marginal Thumbs Down from Roger Ebert on Siskel & Ebert which ironically is the exact opposite of their opinions on Back to the Future Part II. The film received mixed to postive reviews during it's release Rotten Tomatoes earned Back to the Future Part III a "fresh" score of 71%.

Video and computer games

LJN released an NES game called Back to the Future Part II & III, a sequel to their game based on the first movie. An arcade Back to the Future Part III game was also released that would eventually be ported to several home video game systems, including the Sega Mega Drive. However, the games ended up being a critical flop due to their odd level design, and few references to the films (In the video game Back to the Future there are no settings, events, items or characters from the movie other than Marty). GameTrailers placed it at number eight in their "Top Ten Worst Movie Based Games."

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From Wikiquote

Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 sequel to Back to the Future. After traveling back to 1885, Marty McFly finds Dr. Emmett Brown and must save him from being shot to death by outlaw Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.
They've saved the best trip for last... But this time they may have gone too far. Taglines


Doc Brown

  • This'll shoot the fleas off a dog's back at five hundred yards.
  • These are our boys: Jules... and Verne.

Marty McFly

  • [holding baby William] So you're my great-grandfather. The first McFly born in America. And you peed on me.

Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen

  • I'll hunt you and shoot you down like a duck!


Doc Brown: See you in the future.
Marty: You mean the past.
Doc Brown: Exactly!

Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: You owe me money, blacksmith.
Doc Brown: How do you figure?
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: My horse threw a shoe. And seeing as you was the one who done the shoeing, I say that makes you responsible.
Doc Brown: Well, since you never paid me for that job, I say that makes us even!
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: Wrong! See I was on that horse when it threw the shoe and I got throwed off! And that caused me to bust a perfectly good bottle of Kentucky red-eye. So, the way I figured it, blacksmith, you owe me five dollars for the whiskey and seventy-five dollars for the horse.
Marty: [hoarsely] That's the eighty dollars.
Doc Brown: Look! If your horse threw a shoe, bring him back an I'll re-shoe him!
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: I done shot that horse!
Doc Brown: Well, that's your problem, Tannen!

Doc Brown: Marty, you're going to have to do something about those clothes. You walk around town dressed like that, you're liable to get shot.
Marty: Or hanged.
Doc Brown: What idiot dressed you in that outfit?
Marty: You did.

Marty: Clayton Ravine was named after a school teacher. They say she fell in there a hundred years ago.
Doc Brown: A hundred years ago? That's this year!
Marty: Every kid in school knows that story 'cause we all have teachers we'd like to see fall into the ravine.

Doc Brown: [mildly intoxicated] In the future, we don't need horses. We have motorized carriages called automobiles.
[Barflies laugh]
Barfly 3: If everybody's got one of these auto-whats-its, does anybody walk or run any more?
Doc Brown: Of course we run, but for recreation. For fun.
Barfly 3: Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?

Marty: Hey, Doc! Where you going now? Back to the future?
Doc Brown: Nope. Already been there.


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