Back to the Future Part III

Trivia: When filming the scene where Marty is being hanged from the clock tower, Michael J Fox agreed to really hang from the rope. Whilst filming, Fox held the rope away from his throat with his hand. At one time he wasn't holding the rope and was really being strangled. The film crew didn't realise, they just thought it was really good acting, until he passed out.

Trivia: The band playing at the Hill Valley festival is rock band ZZ Top (two guys with long white beards playing guitar, and a drummer), who wrote songs for the film.

Trivia: Director Robert Zemeckis asked for Clint Eastwood's permission to use his name for BTTF 3. Clint Eastwood felt so honored that he said yes.

Trivia: Doc tells Clara several times that Jules Verne is his favorite author. There is a serrated rail on the cow catcher of his locomotive time machine that is nearly identical to the rail on the front of the Nautilus in Disney's adaptation of Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: In BTTF 1, the first words in the movie are from the radio, and it is an ad for Statler Toyota. When Marty sees the black truck, before he time travels, it is being driven to Statler Toyota. When Marty walks into Hill Valley 1885, there is a billboard in the background for an honest Joe Statler, who buys, sells, and trades horses. Seems like the Statler family has been in the transportation industry for quite some time. (00:26:55)

Trivia: "Mad Dog" Tannen's actions after shooting Marty are a near perfect homage by Thomas F Wilson to Lee Marvin in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". He even gets the facial expressions, the mumbled and sarcastic thanks and the jaunty angle with which he holds the gun right.

Trivia: The film was shot simultaneously with Part II. In the five years since the original film was made, Michael J. Fox had forgotten how to ride a skateboard.

Trivia: When Marty arrives back in 1985 on the train tracks, there is a sign saying 'Eastwood Ravine' as it would have been thought that Marty perished in the ravine when he travelled back to the future.

Trivia: The automatic breakfast maker that cooks the eggs and the bacon, was designed and created by Simon Wells, great-grandson to the author of "The Time Machine" H.G. Wells, and director of the 2002 remake.

Trivia: The gizmo on the back of the car that is the "Mr. Fusion" is actually a coffee bean grinder. My parents have that particular model. (01:48:00)

Trivia: Mary Steenburgen had such a good time dancing with Christopher Lloyd for the festival scenes that she overdid it one day and tore some ligaments in her leg. However, (again) because she enjoyed the dancing so much, she chose simply to fight through the pain.

Matty Blast

Trivia: When Marty and Doc are looking at the map, finding a straight route for the train to take, for a moment the clock (the one that will be put in the clocktower later) can be seen. The time shown is about 10:04 AM. While the time at which it will freeze in 1955 is 10:04 PM, visually the times look the same.

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Trivia: The scenes of the train chimney exploding, falling into the ravine etc were filmed using miniatures.


Trivia: When Needles pulls up in his truck next to Marty near the end of the film, one of the guy in the back of Needles' truck is wearing a yellow vest. The actor is Ricky Dean Logan, who played one of Griff's friends in BTTF2. He was the guy who had the vest on that made the chicken sounds.

Trivia: When the movie ends and Doc says "it means your future hasn't been written yet", watch his son Verne behind. He stares at the camera, calls someone from the crew waving his hand, and points at his crotch. Seemingly the kid was having a hard time trying not to pee on himself.

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Trivia: Dean Cundey, director of photography of the film, makes a cameo as the guy who takes the pic in 1885 of Doc and Marty with the big clock.

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Continuity mistake: Watch the scene with the Indians (just as Marty sticks the DeLorean into reverse) and see the differences of how close and far the Indians are from the DeLorean. (00:18:59)

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Doc: Clara was one in a million. One in a billion. One in a googolplex!

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Question: When the 1985 Doc is suddenly transported back to 1885 at the end of BTTF 2 and Marty discovers that he has been murdered, because there is a Doc in 1955 that has already been born after the 1985 Doc has died in the West, why did he go to the trouble of going all the way back to 1885 when Doc was still alive? Is there any actual legitimate time travel reason for this, or did he just do it out of instinct to help his close friend?


Chosen answer: According to the letter, Doc plans to live out his life in 1885. But as it turns out, Doc gets murdered a week after sending the letter. Knowing that Doc's plan to live out his life don't come to fruition, and because he's a good friend, Marty travels to 1885 to save him.

JC Fernandez

Answer: Technically when Doc got transported to 1885, he should not have existed in 1955 because he died. This is the problem I'm having with part 3. The movie should not have happened this way. It should have been where doc did not exist nor the time machine. Part 3 should've never happened.

That's not how most time travel (if any) stories work. Just because someone dies in the past doesn't prevent them from being born since they were already born and alive before going to the past. Think of it this way, if instead of 1885 he travelled to 2085 and died, would that prevent him from being born? The only reason Marty was in danger of disappearing and not existing (i.e. being born) was because his parents were in danger of never getting together.


It was the 1985 Doc that went back to 1885 so he would still be alive in 1955.

The Doc that got sent to 1885 was the Doc from 1985 so therefore it wouldn't have affected 1955 Doc at all.

The one in 1955 hasn't done anything 1985 Doc did.

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