Back to the Future Part II

Universal Released 1989




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Movie Summary

Robert Zemeckis

Picking up right where the first film left off, the story opens as Marty, Jennifer and Doc travel back to 2015 to save Marty's future son from ruining his life in a botched robbery. Once that is done, Marty figures why not take a souvenir from the future back and sets his sights on a sports statistic almanac that he can use to win bets with back in his home time. From that one incident, a chain reaction of folly ensues as the book is stolen by old Biff, who also steals the time machine in order to give the book to his younger self in the past so that he may become a millionaire. When their past changes as a result of this, Marty and Doc must travel back to 1955 to set things right.


Metacritic Score

  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly

    All in all, Future II is another fantastic voyage in a thoroughly entertaining contraption.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I should have brought a big yellow legal pad to the screening, so I could take detailed notes just to keep the time-lines straight. And yet the movie is fun, mostly because it's so...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    If "Back to the Future" made you bored and querulous, then the tumbling inventiveness in its sequel may come as a pleasant surprise. Of course, if you were among the 92% of the wor...

Michael J. Fox (I)

Michael J. Fox (I)

Marty McFly / Marty McFly Jr / Marlene McFly

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Dr. Emmett Brown

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson


Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Biff Tannen

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Jennifer Parker

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Marty: Doc! Doc! Doc!
      Doc: What? [screams]
      Marty: OK, relax, Doc. It's me, It's Marty.
      Doc: No, it can't be. I just sent you back to the future.
      Marty: Yeah. No, I know. You did send me back to the future, but I'm back. I'm back from the future.
      Doc: Great Scott! (passes out)

    • 2015 Biff: You see this book? This book tells the future. Tells the results of every major sporting event till the end of the century. Football, baseball, horse races, boxing. The information in here is worth millions, and I'm giving it to you.
      1955 Biff: Well, that's very nice. Thank you very much. Now, why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?
      2015 Biff: (slaps the back of 1955 Biff's head) It's leave, you idiot. Make like a tree and leave. You sound like a damn fool when you say it wrong.

    • 1985 Biff: Look, Lorraine, you walk out that door and I won't only cut off you. I'll cut off your kids.
      1985 Lorraine: You wouldn't.
      1985 Biff: Oh, wouldn't I? First your daughter, Linda. I'll cancel all her credit cards. She can settle her debts with the bank all by herself. Your idiot son, Dave. I'll get his probation revoked. And as for Marty. Well, maybe you'd like to have all three of your kids behind bars, just like your brother, Joey. One big, happy, jailbird family,

    • Doc Brown: Jennifer could conceivably encounter her future self! The consequences of that could be disastrous!
      Marty: Doc, what do you mean?
      Doc Brown: I foresee two possibilities. One, coming face to face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock, and she'd simply pass out, or two, the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that's a worst-case scenario.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $40,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $118,450,002 (6th)
      Worldwide Gross - $331,950,002 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $243,463,984
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $682,295,218

    • Academy Awards Nomination:
      1. Visual Effects

      Saturn Awards Wins:
      1. Special Effects

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Best Classic Movie DVD Collection
      2. Costumes
      3. Makeup
      4. Best Sci-fi Film

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Special Effects

    • Other Production Companies:
      Amblin Entertainment
      U-Drive Productions

    • Taglines:
      1. Do You Remember... The Future?
      2. Getting back was only the beginning.
      3. It's About Time.
      4. Synchronize your watches. The future's coming back...
      5. Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!
      6. We're Back.

    • Filming locations include:
      Baldwin Park, California
      El Monte, California
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Oxnard, California
      Pasadena, California
      South Pasadena, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Whittier, California, USA
      Wilmington, Los Angeles, California

    • Music:
      Beat It
      Written and performed by Michael Jackson
      I Can't Drive 55
      Written and performed by Sammy Hagar
      Mr. Sandman
      Written by Pat Ballard
      Performed by The Four Aces
      Papa Loves Mambo
      Written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bix Reichner


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sequel, 80s, mad scientists, pop culture references, life in a small town