Back to the Future: Part III

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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.~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide


  • Michael J. Fox
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Thomas F. Wilson
  • Lea Thompson
  • Elisabeth Shue
  • Matt Clark
  • Richard Dysart
  • Pat Buttram
  • Harry Carey Jr.

Did You Know?


  • Clint Eastwood was asked for permission about his name being used for Marty in the film. He consented and was said to be tickled by the homage.
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  • When Doc and Buford Tannen are arguing at the clock tower, the shadows change repeatedly between shots.
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    • Marty McFly: Listen, you got a back door to this place?
    • Bartender: Yeah, it's in the back.
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Part III has the more adult emotions of the original, and with the presence of Steenburgen it recalls the quality of her other fine time-travel romance, Time After Time. [25 May 1990, p.C]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The series suddenly springs back to life. It's delightful and exciting, with good jokes and fun characters. While it might lack the freshness of the first installment, the formula isn't stale, just familiar. And familiar in a cozy and pleasant way. [25 May 1990, p.E1]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle