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Back to the Future Part II (November 22, 1989)

Back to the Future Part II PosterBRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS
Starting where the first film ended, Marty and Jennifer get taken to the future by Doc to fix Marty’s kids’ future and screw up everyone else’s past. So, they go to 1955 AGAIN to fix their past…future…oh—whatever!

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

(FAKE) WORKING TITLE: Paradox
GENRE: Comedy/Science Fiction
TAGLINES:

  • Getting back was only the beginning.
  • Synchronize your watches. The future is coming back.
  • Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.
  • We’re back.
  • Do you remember…the future?

SETTING: Hill Valley, California; USA (1985, 2015, Alternate 1985, 1955)
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Pasadena, California; USA
  • South Pasadena, California; USA
  • Universal City, California; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: November 22, 1989
RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes; 1 hour 48 minutes
RATING: PG
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $27,835,125
TOTAL GROSS USA: $118,450,002
TOTAL GROSS OUTSIDE OF USA: $213,549,998

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis
PRODUCER: Neil Canton, Bob Gale
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg
EDITOR: Harry Keramidas, Arthur Schmidt
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Cundey, Jack Preistley
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Carte, Margie Stone McShirley. Linda DeScenna
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Alan Silvestri
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Industrial Light and Magic
OPTICAL EFFECTS BY: Cinema Research Corporation
COSTUME DESIGNER: Joanna Johnston
MAKE-UP BY: Ken Chase
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS BY: Greg Cannom
MAKE-UP FOR MICHAEL J. FOX: Bron Roylance
HAIR STYLIST: Dorothy Byrne, Hazel Catmull, Allen Payne
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Marty McFly/Marty McFly Jr./Marlene McFly…Michael J. Fox
Doctor Emmel L. Brown…Christopher Lloyd
Lorraine Baines-McFly-Tannen…Lea Thompson
Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen…Thomas F. Wilson
Jennifer Parker…Elisabeth Shue
Principal Strickland…James Tolkan
George McFoy…Jeffrey Weissman
3-D…Casey Siemaszko
Match…Billy Zane
Skinhead…Jeffrey Jay Cohen
Terry…Charles Fleischer
Michael Jackson Video Waiter…E. Casanova Evans
Ronald Reagan Video Waiter…Jay Koch
Ayatollah Khomeini Video Waiter…Charles Gherardi
Data Ricky…Dean Logan
Spike…Darlene Vogel
Whitey…Jason Scott Lee
Video Game Boy (Mickey)…Elijah Wood
Video Game Boy…John Thornton
Hoverboard Girls…Theo Schwartz, Lindsey Barry
“Blast from the Past” Saleswoman…Judy Ovitz
Officer Foley…Stephanie Williams
Cab Driver…Marty Levy
Needles…Flea
Fujitsu…James Ishida
Loretta…Nikki Birdsong
Dad…Al White
Mom…Junior Fann
Harold…Shaun Hunter
Red…George ‘Buck’ Flower
Museum Narrator…Neil Ross (voice only)
Jacuzzi Girls…Tamara Carrera, Traci Dali
Baseball Kids…Jennifer Brown, Irina Cashen, Angela Greenblatt, Cameron Moore, Justin Mosley Spink
Babs…Lisa Freeman
Radio Sportscaster…John Erwin
Marvin Berry…Harry Waters Jr.
The Starlighters…David Harold Brown, Tommy Thomas, Lloyd L. Tolbert, Granville ‘Danny’ Young
CPR Kid…Wesley Mann
Western Union Man…Joe Flaherty
Marty Photo Double…Kevin Holloway
Biff Photo Double…Charles B. Fitzsimons
David McFly…Marc McClure (uncredited – cut scene)
Michael J. Fox’s Stunt Double…Charles Croughwell
Stunt Crew…Anthony Brubaker, Will Cascio, Gerg Wayne Elam, Richard Goana, Karen Laine, Gary Morgan, Pat Romano, David Rowden, John Clay-Scott, Walter Scott, R.L. Tolbert, Mike Watson, Cheryle Wheeler-Dixon

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Beat It…Michael Jackson…Michael Jackson
I Can’t Drive 55…Sammy Hagar…Sammy Hagar
Mr. Sandman…Pat Ballard…The Four Aces
Pappa Loves Mambo…Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Bix Reichner…Perry Como

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AWARDS AND HONORS

Academy Awards, 1990

NOMINEE: John Bell, Steve Gawley, Michael Lantieri & Ken Ralston
CATEGORY: Best Visual Effects
RESULTS: NominatedThe British Academy Awards, 1990

NOMINEE: John Bell, Steve Gawley, Michael Lantieri & Ken Ralston
CATEGORY: Best Visual Effects
RESULTS: WonThe Young Artists Awards, 1990

NOMINEE: Back to the Future, Part II
CATEGORY: Best Family Motion Picture: Musical or Fantasy
RESULTS: Won

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EXTRAS

Sequels and Spin-Offs

Sequel to Back to the Future (1985)
Is followed by Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Back to the Future” (1991) – Animated TV Series

Different Versions

The Network television version includes the following outtake footage:

  • When Biff returns from 1955, he stumbles out of the DeLorean into some trash cans, and then fades away. Literally.
  • In the alternate 1985, Marty discovers the ruins of Hill Valley High School.

 

Trivia

This film and it’s sequel, Back to the Future Part III, were filmed simultaneously.In 2015, a movie theater advertises Jaws 19, directed by Max Spielberg. Max happens to be the name of Stephen Spielberg’s son.The two police officers in 2015 that find Jennifer in the alley are named Reese and Foley. These names are used by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for any police of government agents in the films that they have written.

In the alternate timeline, George McFly is murdered on March 15th, the Ides of March, which is the same date that Caesar was murdered.

Goofs: Continuity Errors

Biff’s car gains a rear-view mirror when it enters the tunnel.When Biff throws LorrainE to the floor, she is shoeless. However, in another view, she is wearing shoes.The cooling vents on the back of the Delorean change between silver and black throughout the film.When Biff is unconcious, Marty kneels next to him, unzip’s Biff’s jacket and is seen reaching in for the Almanac. In the next shot, Biff’s jacket is zipped up again and Marty’s knees are above Biff’s chest.

Goofs: Incorrectly Regarded as Errors

Doc Brown tells Marty that if he runs into his future self, he will either pass out or destroy the Universe. Old Biff talks to Young Biff without any problem whatsoever. However, this did destroy his future self. (A scene was cut from the film, showing Old Biff fading away from existence. See Alternalte Versions) Also, Young Biff did not recognize Old Biff as being himself and he therefore did not go into shock and faint.

Quotes

Mom! You’re so….you’re so….big.–Marty McFly

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

Script :: First Draft (Hosted at BTTF.com)

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