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Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part III

Robert Zemeckis (1990)

118min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Robert Zemeckis's blockbusting trilogy went slightly off the rails with the second segment, but it got right back on track (literally) with this concluding instalment. Shot back-to-back with Part II, the film is set predominantly in the Old West and offers Michael J Fox the chance to indulge in all the sharpshooting situations that made Saturday matinée western serials such a treat for millions of children (including, one suspects, Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale). As before, the plot revolves around the need to tinker with time and the problem of how to power the trusty DeLorean car so that Fox can get back to the present. And once more Gale and Zemeckis have come up with an ingenious plot and a clutch of in-jokes, including the casting of western favourites Dub Taylor, Harry Carey Jr and Pat Buttram as a trio of old timers in the saloon. The inimitable Fox is again on cracking form as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd's romance with Mary Steenburgen is surprisingly touching. Using the special effects intelligently, Zemeckis stages a spectacular steam-train finale and neatly ties up the trilogy's loose ends. Look out for a cameo appearance from ZZ Top.

Summary

Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Marty McFly / Seamus McFly Michael J Fox
"Doc" Emmett Brown Christopher Lloyd
Clara Clayton Mary Steenburgen
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen / Biff Tannen Thomas F Wilson
Maggie McFly / Lorraine McFly Lea Thompson
Jennifer Elisabeth Shue
Bartender Matt Clark
Barbed wire salesman Richard Dysart
Marshal Strickland James Tolkan
Saloon old timer Pat Buttram
Saloon old timer Harry Carey Jr
Saloon old timer Dub Taylor
Colt gun salesman Burton Gilliam
Engineer Bill McKinney
Douglas J Needles Flea
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Comedy Drama

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