Back to the Future Part II

Trivia: In an interview, the director stated that hoverboards were real, but they weren't on the market because parents didn't like the idea of floating children. He said this as a joke, but this didn't stop mass hysteria as thousands of kids went from store to store looking for hoverboards.


Trivia: When Doc and Marty arrive back in 1955 to stop the handover of the Almanac, there are 4 versions of the time machine in the area at that time - the one they just arrived in from the alternate 1985, the one Marty arrived in from the original 1985 in the first film, the one Biff arrived in from 2015 in the second film, and the one Doc buried in 1885 in the third film.

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Trivia: When Marty is waiting for Griff in the cafe he plays a videogame with two boys. One of the boys is Elijah Wood at age 7. (01:14:55)


Trivia: The reason that Marty McFly Jr. was arrested was because of stealing an unsubstantiated amount of money from the Hill Valley Payroll Substation.


Trivia: When Marty is scared by the holographic shark in the 'Jaws 19' advert, you can see 'Directed by Max Spielberg'. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first Jaws, has a son named Max.


Trivia: The tunnel that Biff Tannen and Marty McFly both go through, is also the same tunnel seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


Trivia: Towards the beginning of the movie there is a close-up of the front window of Blast From the Past. If you look closely in the upper left hand corner you can see the jacket that Marty wore in the first movie. Also if you look on the right hand side you can see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit doll, another Robert Zemeckis film also starring Christopher Lloyd. There's also a Jaws video game. (00:12:28)


Trivia: This film was shot simultaneously with Part III. In the five years since the original film was made, Michael J. Fox had forgotten how to ride a skateboard, and needed to relearn the skill.


Trivia: When Marty is in the Cafe 80's, when he is about to hit Griff or get hit by Griff, you can see a row of TVs behind them (showing the Smurfs, etc). One of the TVs is showing Family Ties, the TV show that made Michael J. Fox famous.


Trivia: Much of Griff's outfit, particularly his boots are bits of Klingon costumes from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Trivia: Many people think Crispin Glover reprised his role as George McFly for part II, but it's a different actor who had facial prosthetics applied to look like Glover. These prosthetics were made from actual molds of Glover's face left over from part I. Glover never authorized his likeness to be used and sued. The Screen Actors Guild now has laws against "unauthorized mimicking" of other actors as a result of the lawsuit. Crispin Glover is listed in the credit for part II only as "archive footage"


Trivia: When young Jennifer is in her future house, her daughter-to-be, Marlene, comes down the stairs. Marlene says, "Mom? Mom, is that you?" - the same quote used by Marty three times throughout the trilogy when he wakes up in bed, after being knocked out.


Trivia: In the scene where the Doc of the future, hands the 3/4 wrench to the Doc of 1955, the Doc of 1955 is wearing the same two watches that the other Doc wears throughout the entire movie. This could actually happen if the Doc of 1955 kept the same two watches to wear throughout his life. It's still worth a look. (01:13:53)

Trivia: At the beginning while Doc and Marty are flying in the DeLorean, the shots of the sky are taken from the 1982 movie "Firefox."


Trivia: According to Robert Zemeckis, the kitchen scene with Michael J. Fox playing three characters simultaneously (middle-aged Marty McFly, his goofy son and bubble-headed daughter all sitting at the same table) was a nightmare to shoot. The characters required individual matte shots that were later spliced together into one scene, requiring many takes; so every visible object in the kitchen background had to remain perfectly stationary and consistent over several days of filming. Thinking ahead, Zemeckis ordered his property crew to hot-glue every single background object in the kitchen in-place, to prevent accidental movement. However, when they were well into filming the tricky scene, the studio was struck by an earthquake, which essentially destroyed the kitchen set, hot glue and all, requiring a rebuild and complete re-shoot.

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Trivia: The guy who plays Needles is Flea, the bass player from Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Trivia: In Back to the Future II, Biff is watching the Clint Eastwood movie A Fistful of Dollars. If you have seen this, you know that at the end, Clint uses a piece of metal to stop all the shots from Ramon. In Back to the Future Part III Marty calls himself Clint Eastwood and at the end, he uses a piece of metal to keep himself from dying. (00:55:30)

Trivia: The final third act, in which Marty and Doc return to 1955, was originally written with them travelling to the 1960s.

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Trivia: When Marty discovers that he is in an alternate Hill Valley, there was going to be a scene with him discovering that his sister Linda was a prostitute and his brother Dave a homeless drunk living on the streets. These scenes were scrapped as Wendie Jo Sperber, who played Linda, was pregnant at the time.

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Suggested correction: Very unlikely for a family film, and needs to be supported by some evidence such as a published interview with a film principal. This is a ridiculous entry and should be removed.

There was, in fact, a deleted scene in which Marty comes across Dave, who has since become an alcoholic, in the town square. While it is true that Wendie Jo Sperber was pregnant and thus unavailable at the time the film was made, I've never heard of anything scripted about Linda having turned to prostitution.


If you have the DVD or the Blu-Ray, watch the movie with the Trivia Track on. It will confirm that Wendie was originally supposed to appear as her character Linda who had become a prostitute.


Trivia: The guy who asks Marty for a donation in order to save the clock tower is Terry, the mechanic who fixes Biff's car in 1955.


Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Doc takes Marty and Jennifer to 2015 for the first time, they are descending towards Hill Valley. Doc turns the steering wheel to the left but the car goes right and down. (00:05:53)

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Biff: Go ahead, kid. Jump. A suicide will be nice and neat.
Marty: What if I don't?
Biff: [raising gun] Lead poisoning.
Marty: What about the police, Biff? They're gonna match up the bullet with that gun.
Biff: Kid, I own the police. Besides, they couldn't match up the bullet that killed your old man.
Marty: You son of a...
[Biff pulls back on the gun's hammer.]
Biff: Suppose it's poetic justice. Two McFlys with the same gun.

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Question: In the alternative 1985, there is an alternative Biff, Lorraine etc. Shouldn't there also be an alternative Marty and Doc?

Answer: Yep, and there is, but they're both elsewhere. Doc's been committed to an asylum somewhere. When Marty first meets the alternate Biff, Biff tells him that he's supposed to be in Switzerland at boarding school - that's where the alternate Marty is.

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Wouldn't someone probably see Doc and report that he escaped from the asylum?

Maybe, but no way to be sure, and they're not around long enough for that to be an issue anyway.

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