Back to the Future Part III

  • PG
  • Robert Zemeckis (1990)
  • US
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Third instalment in the blockbuster comedy adventure series, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Trapped in 1955 when "Doc" Brown's time-travelling DeLorean vanishes, Marty McFly needs help again to get back to the future. However, to do that he must travel through time to the Wild West of 1885, where Emmett Brown's future is being threatened by evil gunslinger Buford Tannen.

Cast and 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
Elisabeth Shue
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
Bill McKinney
Douglas J Needles


Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG