Back to the Future 3

Back to the Future 3

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen


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The final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy picks up where the second film left off, but it casts off the dizzying time travel of the first two films for mostly routine comedy set in the Old West. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) receives a 70-year-old letter from his inventor friend, Doc Brown (See more details below

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The final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy picks up where the second film left off, but it casts off the dizzying time travel of the first two films for mostly routine comedy set in the Old West. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) receives a 70-year-old letter from his inventor friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who tells Marty that he has retreated a century in time to live out a relatively quiet life in the Old West. Doc Brown reveals that he hid his DeLorean car/time machine in an abandoned mine outside town, and when Marty does some research and discovers that the Doc died shortly after writing the letter, he decides to find the car, travel back in time, and warn the Doc about his demise. Meanwhile, the Doc, who has fallen in love with a local woman (Mary Steenburgen), realizes he can't hide in the past from the problems he has caused to the time flow in the previous two adventures. He reluctantly decides to return to the present with Marty, but first, they have to find a way to get the DeLorean up to time-travel velocity with a broken fuel line and no gasoline.

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Editorial Reviews

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"History repeats itself" is the jokey lesson at the heart of Back to the Future Part III, as the Old West version of Hill Valley is chock full of ancestors who all behave exactly as their descendents will in 1955, 1985 and 2015. It's in this way that Back to the Future Part III succumbs to sequelitis, the malady that inflicts series in which the same jokes are tirelessly repeated, to remind audiences what they liked so much about the original. And because the head-spinning questions raised by time travel in the first two movies were what connected with audiences, awakening their intellectual curiosity and sense of awe, there's something noticeably absent when the series settles down in an old dusty town for its finale. A conventional, though not unappealing, western/comedy, Back to the Future Part III relies a lot more on the waning charm of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, plus an influx of sweetness from Mary Steenburgen, than the fascinating gadgets and elaborate plans that made the first two whir along. Although the softer tone is a welcome change after the dark Back to the Future Part II, the third film feels like a technological and creative step backward in terms of its narrative and contrived plot elements. It maintains a whiff of the genius and wit that set the series in motion, but it also seems like Universal's attempt to play it safer after the risky and challenging middle installment. It's a competent conclusion to the series, but too comfortable to earn the kind of affection this series deserves.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The making of Back to the Future Part III; Making the trilogy: chapter three; Q&a qith director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale; Feature commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton; Deleted scene; Outtakes; Universal animated anecdotes; Designing the town of Hill Valley; Designing the campaign; Production archives; The secrets of the Back to the Future trilogy; Faqs about the trilogy; ZZ Top "Doubleback" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fox Marty McFly,Seamus McFly
Christopher Lloyd Dr. Emmett Brown
Mary Steenburgen Clara Clayton
Thomas F. Wilson Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen
Lea Thompson Lorraine McFly,Maggie McFly
Elisabeth Shue Jennifer
Matt Clark Bartender
Richard Dysart Barbed Wire Salesman
James Tolkan Marshal Strickland
Pat Buttram Saloon Old-Timer
Harry Carey Saloon Old-Timer
Dub Taylor Saloon Old-Timer
Christopher Wynne Buford Tannen's Gang
Sean Gregory Sullivan Buford Tannen's Gang
ZZ Top Actor
Daniel Evans Verne
Phinnaes D. Toothless
Michael Watson Buford Tannen's Gang
Marc McClure Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber Linda McFly
Jeffrey Weissman George McFly
Hugh Gillin Mayor
Burton Gilliam Colt Gun Salesman
Bill McKinney Engineer
Donovan Scott Deputy
Flea Needles
J.J. Cohen Needle's Gang
Rick Logan Needles' Gang
Marvin J. McIntyre Mortician
Kaleb Henley Strickland's Son
Todd Cameron Brown Jules
Kevin Holloway Marty Photo Double
Michael Higgins Marty Dance Double
Leslie A. Prickett Celebration Man
Dean Cundey Photographer
Jo B. Cummings Pie Lady
Steve McArthur 1st Festival Man
John Ickes 2nd Festival Man
James A. Rammel Festival Dance Caller
Michael Klastorin 1st Townsman
Michael Mills 2nd Townsman
Kenny Myers 3rd Townsman
Brad McPeters Eyepatch
Rod Kuehne Ticket Agent
Leno Fletcher Conductor
Joey Newington Joey
Larry Ingold Train Fireman
Tim Konrad Barbed Wire Salesman's Companion
Glenn Fox Boy with Gun

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Gordon Baker Animator
Ellis Burman Makeup
Neil Canton Co-producer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Johnny Colla Songwriter
Danny Costa Stunts
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Beverli Eagan Set Decoration/Design
Scott Farrar Special Effects
Bob Gale Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris Hayes Songwriter
Brad Jeffries Choreography
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Harry Keramidas Editor
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Huey Lewis Songwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Marjorie Stone McShirley Production Designer
Nancy Mickelberry Set Decoration/Design
Michael Mills Makeup
Kenny Myers Makeup
Lisa Newman Set Decoration/Design
Arvo Ojala Consultant/advisor
Joseph G. Pacelli Set Decoration/Design
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Walter Scott Stunts
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Steve Starkey Associate Producer
Wes Takahashi Animator
Jim Teegarden Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Back to the Future Part III
1. Back Again [2:48]
2. Main Titles [2:10]
3. A Letter From Doc [7:40]
4. Doc's Destiny [3:07]
5. Back to 1885 [6:25]
6. Clint Eastwood? [7:47]
7. Mad Dog [3:12]
8. Reunited [4:28]
9. Out of Gas [4:09]
10. Clara [8:48]
11. The Town Festival [6:15]
12. Trouble With Tannen [9:26]
13. The Course of the Future [9:57]
14. Late for a Train [4:21]
15. Showdown [:35]
16. Racing Against Time [9:12]
17. Back to Normal [11:45]
18. Marty's Choice [3:47]
19. Meet the Family [2:00]
20. End Titles [3:44]

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