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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Michael J Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Mary Steenburgen
Thomas F Wilson
Lea Thompson
Bob Gale.
Directors
Robert Zemeckis.
Screenwriters
Robert Zemeckis.
Running Time
118 minutes

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Back To The Future: Part III


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Plot
Doc Brown has been left stranded in 1885. Now Marty must go back to save Doc, before bad guy Burford Tannen murders him.


Review

As a trilogy, the Back To The Future films make a lot more sense strung together than, say, the Star Wars trio. Back To The Future Part II teed off a lot of critics by not being a remake of the first film, and for daring to be a) complicated, b) very fast and c) heartless. Part III, which is slightly less fleet of foot, restores heart interest of the first film and has a satisfying complete storyline.

At the end of the second film Doc Brown was stranded in 1885 while young Marty McFly was in 1955; now, learning Doc is due to be backshot by a varmint of the Old West, Marty returns to the 1880s and we get a hugely enjoyable science-fiction Western packed with Jules Verne-style steam engines and plenty of neat jokes.

Arriving in 1885, dressed in an absurd set of fringed buckskins that accurately reflect a 1950s Roy Rogers idea of a cowboy outfit, Fox swiftly changes into a muddier, more realistic set of Western duds, and adopts the most cowboy-sounding name he can think of, one ‘Clint Eastwood’. The villain is Burford Tannen, the thuggish outlaw ancestor of the bullies who terrorised Marty in various periods in the earlier films, and the movie constantly plays clever reprises of the highpoints of the series but in 1885 terms - with a chase around main street on horses replacing the skateboard stuff, a shooting match replacing video games and a community hoe-down instead of a school dance. And if you’ve been paying attention in the series to date, you’ll get plenty of fun out of quirks like the brief appearance of the solemn child who’ll grow up to be the oppressive principal or the reference to a the clip from A Fistful Of Dollars as seen in Part II.

This time, in a reversal of the first film, Fox buzzes around keeping the plot on the move while Lloyd softens up and has a funny romance with schoolmarm Mary Steenbergen, and it all winds up with another great suspense-action sequence as a locomotive and the DeLorean head towards the ultimate precipice. Neatest of all is a coda, which features one of the best time machines in the cinema, promising that this is indeed the very last in the series and neatly wrapping it up for everybody.


Verdict
A clever and enjoyable wrapping-up of the time-travelling adventures


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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No No No

Worst cowboy flick ever ! ... More

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Posted by antosh25 at 11:30, 06 December 2011 | Report This Post


This installment takes place in one of my all-time favorite era`s in American history: the Wild West. Marty and Doc need to find a way to get back from there to 1985, where it all started back in the first film. It`s still a joy to see how the three stories and connections between them are connected here. It gives us a great ending to maybe not one of the best but certainly one of the most entertaining trilogies of all time. 8,0/10 ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:05, 18 September 2011 | Report This Post


Part III

I used to think tihs was by far the worst of the trilogy, but after watching in the order of 2, than 1, than 3, I have to say it's really great. I don't know if it has to do with the order, but the movie is better than 2. Slower pacing for more in the way of the nostalgia of the West, unravelling Doc Brown and his story, and the level of treat which isn't the destruction of your timeline, simply getting back to the future. And it is really clever. Sure not as smart as 2, but really fun little jo... More

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Posted by 3DCandyland at 18:24, 14 January 2011 | Report This Post


Satisfiing ending.

Not the best but a solid end to a trilogy we loved!!! ... More

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Posted by kassios at 19:35, 28 September 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099088/]Back To The Future: Part IIIhis part as well starts off where the previous part left us and brings us to one of my favorite periodes in American history: the Wild West. But this didn`t turn out to be my favorite part of the trilogy. It is funny to see how the famous things from the first 2 movies found their origin (as there is the famous Courthouse clock), something that makes for fun and recognisable situations. But sadly it is, more than in part two, a repea... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:27, 18 July 2010 | Report This Post


1 then 2 then 3

This film is great. Funny, buzzy and all round treat. Only issue is that it's called Back to the Future and as such it takes a while to move away from a McFly family focused film with Doc helping out to Marty helping Doc with familiar shenanigans. Also, one gets the impression that funny and entertaining is to play second fiddle to clever, if this one stands in direct comparison to two. But all three have their own strengths and weaknesses and compliment each other very well.The whole series is ... More

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Posted by sipi at 10:29, 18 July 2010 | Report This Post


OHHHHH DEAR !

No way near as clever as one or two. ... More

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Posted by spartan24 at 18:04, 23 March 2010 | Report This Post


More like skip to the end

4 stars! really whats going on here. This is by far the worst of the 3 the whole movie was just a rehash of Spielbergs creations. This penny pinching trash is best fogotton ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 14:01, 09 September 2009 | Report This Post


as a trilogy its 5 stars hands down!!!

forget the Empire review of part II - watch it after part 1 and before part III as intended and u will see how good it is. this one goes in another direction - thank god for that, because it's just great. love it. ... More

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Posted by claudemg at 02:57, 09 September 2007 | Report This Post


Man I love this films.

I can't get enough. Literally. I want more!!!!! ... More

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Posted by The Tom at 21:51, 29 January 2007 | Report This Post


future 3

classic film.... ... More

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Posted by alexisreaver2132 at 14:00, 28 August 2006 | Report This Post


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