Back to the Future Part III

Universal Pictures Released 1990




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Robert Zemeckis

Stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, Marty McFly discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown before he becomes smitten with school teacher Clara Clayton. Now, it's up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running, and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where - and when - they belong.


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    That looking-glass quality is missing, alas, from Back to the Future Part III, which makes a few bows in the direction of time-travel complexities, and then settles down to be a ro...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    It too has no particular reason for being (except, of course, to complete the series and cash in). It's sprightly and inoffensive, though. And, for those who care, it satisfyingly ...

  • 33

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Back to the Future Part III has that same sort of studio back-lot clunkiness. Only this time it's the audience that gets conked — by the sheer desperation of the whole enterprise.

Michael J. Fox (I)

Michael J. Fox (I)

Marty McFly / Seamus McFly

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Dr. Emmett Brown

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Clara Clayton

Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen / Biff Tannen

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

Maggie McFly / Lorraine McFly

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Doc: So it may not be my name that's supposed to end up on this tombstone. It may be yours.

      (Saying each other's catchphrases.)

      Marty: Great Scott.

      Doc: I know. This is heavy.

    • Buford: Then lets finish it right now.
      Gang Member: Oh, er, not now, Buford. Marshall's got our guns.
      Buford: Like I said, we'll finish this tomorrow.
      Gang Member: Tomorrow we're robbing the Pine City stage.
      Buford: What about Monday? We doing anything Monday.
      Gang Member: No, Monday would be fine. You can kill him on Monday.
      Buford: I'll be back this way on Monday. We'll settle this then.

    • Doc: We'll get the DeLorean and get ourselves back to the future.
      Marty: Oh, listen, Doc. I tore a hole in the gas tank when I was landing, so we're gonna have to patch it up and get some gas.
      Doc: You mean we're out of gas.
      Marty: Yeah, it's no big deal. We've got Mr. Fusion, right?
      Doc: Mr. Fusion powers the time circuits and the flux capacitor, but the internal combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline. It always has. There's not gonna be a gas station around here until sometime in the next century. Without gasoline, we can't get the DeLorean up to 88 miles per hour.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $40,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $87,727,583 (11th)
      Worldwide Gross - $244,527,583 (6th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $169,233,352
      Worldwide Adjusted fro 2013 - $471,712,784

    • Other production companies:
      Amblin Entertainment
      U-Drive Productions

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

    • Filming locations include:
      El Monte, California
      Pacoima, Los Angeles, California
      Agoura Hills, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Pasadena, California
      Jamestown, California
      Monument Valley, Arizona
      Monument Valley, Utah
      Red Hills Ranch, Sonora, California
      Sierra Railroad, Jamestown, California
      South Pasadena, California
      Port Hueneme, California

    • Music:
      Written and performed by ZZ Top
      Power of Love
      Written by Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla, Cheis Hayes
      Performed by Huey Lewis and the News

    • Saturn Awards Wins:
      1. Music
      2. Supporting Actor - Thomas F. Wilson

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Best Classic Movie DVD Collection
      2. Best Sci-fi Film
      3. Costumes
      4. Director - Robert Zemeckis   (won by James Cameron for The Abyss)
      5. Supporting Actress - Mary Steenburgen  (won by Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost)


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