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Back to the Future Part III (May 2, 1990)

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BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS
Marty goes back to 1885 to save Doc from a gruesome death. Things get heavy when Ms. Clara Clayton arrives in town. Great Scott, this is heavy.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

SOURCE MATERIAL: Comedy/Science Fiction
GENRE: Comey/Science Fiction
TAGLINE: They’ve saved the best trip for last…but this time they may have gone too far.
SETTING: Hill Valley, California; USA (1955, 1885, 1985)
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Los Angeles, California; USA
  • Monument Valley, Utah; USA
  • Oxnard, California; USA
  • Sonora, California; USA
  • South Pasadena, California; USA
  • Tuolomne County, California; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: May 2, 1990
RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes; 1 hour 58 minutes
RATING: PG
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $23,703,060
TOTAL GROSS USA: $57,666,629
TOTAL GROSS OUTSIDE OF USA: $156,033,371

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis
PRODUCER: Neil Canton, Bob Gale
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Stephen Speilberg
EDITOR: Harry Keramidas, Arthur Schmidt
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Cundey
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Carter, Margie Stone McShirley, Williams James Teegarden, Michael Taylor
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Alan Silvestri
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Industrial Light and Magic
OPTICAL EFFECTS BY: Cinema Research Corporation, Pacific Title
COSTUME DESIGNER: Joanna Johnston
MAKE-UP BY: Kenny Myers (key), Ellis Burman, Jr., Nancy Hvasta, Michael Mills, Bron Roylance, Brad Wilder
HAIR STYLIST: Dorothy Bryne (key), Hazel Catmull (key), Dorothy D. Fox, Dale Miller
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Marty ‘Clint Eastwood’ McFly, Seamus McFly…Michael J. Fox
Doctor Emmet L. Brown…Christopher Lloyd
Clara Clayton…Mary Steenburgen
Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen, Biff Tannen…Thomas F. Wilson
Maggie McFly, Lorraine McFly…Lea Thompson
Jennifer Parker…Elisabeth Shue
Bartender…Matt Clark
Barbwire Salesman…Richard Dysart
Saloon Old Timer…Pat Buttram
Saloon Old Timer…Harry Carey Jr.
Saloon Old Timer…Dub Taylor
Mayor…Hugh Gillin
Marshall Strickland…James Tolkan
Buford Tannens Gang, Needles’ Gang…Christopher Wynne, Sean Gregory Sullivan, Mike Watson
David McFly…Marc McClure
Linda McFly…Wendy Jo Sperber
George McFly…Jeffrey Weissman
Colt Gun Salesman…Burton Gilliam
Engineer…Bill McKinney
Deputy…Donovan Scott
Needles…Flea
Needles’ Gang…J.J. Cohen, Ricky Dean Logan
Morician…Marvin J. McIntyre
Strickland’s Son…Kaleb Henley
Jules…Todd Cameron Brown
Verne…Dannel Evans
Marty Photo Double…Kevin Holloway
Townsman #2…Michael John Mills
Marty Dance Double…Michael Higgins
Celebration Man…Leslie A. Prickett
Photographer…Dean Cundey
Pie Lady…Jo B. Cummings
Festival Dance Caller…Jeams A. Rammel
Townsman #1…Michael Klastorin
Festival Man #2…John Ickes
Festival Man #1…Steve McArthur
Townsman #3…Kenny Myers
Eyepatch…Brad McPeters
Toothless…Phinnaes D.
Ticket Agent…Rod Kuehne
Joey…Joey Newington
Train Fireman…Larry Ingold
Boy with Gun…Glenn Fox
Barbwire Salesman…Tim Konard
Michael J. Fox’s Stunt Double…Charles Croughwell
Stunt Co-ordinator…Walter Scott
Stunt Team…Will Cascio, Danny Costa, Marguerite Happy, Robert jaureg, Walt Larue, Mike H. McGaughy, Daniel K. Moore, Gary Morgan, Daniel O’Haco, Jeff O’Haco, James Pratt, Ben Scott, Brian Smrz, R.L. Tolbert, Jennifer Watson-Johnston, Bob Yerkes

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING:: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Double Back…ZZ Top…ZZ Top
The Power of Love…Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla, Chris Hayes…Huey Lewis & The News
Turkey in the Straw…Traditional…Instrumental
Battle Cry of Freedom…George Root…Instrumental
Clementine…Traditional…Instrumental

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AWARDS AND HONORS

The Hugo Awards, 1991

NOMINEE: Back to the Future, Part III
CATEGORY: Best Dramatic Presentation
RESULTS: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Sequels and Spin-Offs

Follows Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Followed by “Back to the Future” (1991) – Animated TV Series

Trivia

A horse dealership in 1885 Hill Valley is owned by the Statlers. In Back to the Future, the Toyota dealership in 1985 is called Statler Toyota.The editor of Hill Valley’s newspaper in 1885 is M.R. Gale, a tribute to the trilogy screenwriter Bob Gale.Director of Photography, Dean Cundey, plays the photographer who takes Marty and Doc’s picture with the clock.

ZZ Top is the band playing at the dance.

Goofs: Continuity Errors

When Marty wakes up and picks up his gun belt, there is a missing bullet on the far right side of the belt. When he stands in front of the mirror with the belt on, it is fully loaded.

Goofs: Geographical Errors

The Frisbie Pie Company was located in Connecticut and Frisbie pies would not have been available in California.

Goofs: Anachronisms

An 1885 train would not use knuckle couplers.

Quotes

Clara was one in a million, one in a billion, one in a googoplex.–Doc Brown

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

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