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Back To The Future Part III
DIRECTED BY ROBERT ZEMECKIS
RELEASED: 1990

Why's it so good? After the twists and turns and dystopian pit stops of Part II, Zemeckis and Gale changed gears for Back to The Future Part III, setting virtually the entire thing in the Old West, while shoving Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) centre stage with a love interest to boot. The ingenious plotting of the first two films is largely absent, but this is a good old romp, an excuse for Zemeckis to try his hand at a Western.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's not as good, and may actually be the least impressive of the Back To The Future films. But the relationship between Doc Brown and Clara (Mary Steenburgen) is sweet, the nods to various Westerns are cute, and Thomas F. Wilson's Mad Dog Tannen is the trilogy's best villain.

Glaring error: What is up with those Oirish accents 'sported' by Lea Thompson and Fox, as Marty's own ancestor, Seamus? They're so bad we hear that Gerry Butler used them as his P.S. I Love You template�


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 58 MONTHS


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