Wittersweet: So, Starface, feel better now? Sparkle Wit: You know what? I kinda do. That so-called hoverboard’s still sucky, though. Firstwit: You shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, Sparkle. But in this case, it’s overdue for a dental checkup. [All laughing] Witsend: [sighs] Yo, what should we do now? Amble Wit: What else? Let’s eat lunch. Hot Wit: Sparky, you coming? Sparkle Wit: Maybe later. Hot Wit…whatever happened to the future? Hot Wit: The future is always yet to come, Sparky. Didn’t you know that? Sparkle Wit: I do, but that’s not what I meant. This future, it’s not the future I hoped for; it’s not the one science fiction promised me. What went wrong? Hot Wit: Nothing went wrong, Sparky; you were just taken in by the magic of sci-fi, that’s all. The science in those fantastic stories is so believable that it seems possible. But, you know, that’s what makes good sci-fi so interesting. Sure, this present isn’t as space-age as you hoped it would be, but the future can be anything you want it to be, especially if it’s the future of your life. Sparkle Wit: My life, huh? Hot Wit: Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one. By the way, here’s your “hoverboard” back. I’m going for a quick bite. See ya. Sparkle Wit: "Make it a good one"…
only 20% of people will reblog. this is old seamus mcflew. his brother Martin used to let men provoke him into fightin. he was concerned people would think him a coward if he refused. that’s how he got a bowie knife shoved through his belly at a saloon in Virginia City. never considered the future, poor Martin, God rest his soul.
Epic Movie (Re)Watch #123 - Back to the Future Part III
Have I seen it before: Yes
Did I like it then: Yes!
Do I remember it: Yes.
Did I see it in theaters: Yes.
Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes. #385.
1) I like really enjoy this film and I don’t know why. In some ways it is my favorite of the trilogy (but not really, the first one is my favorite). There are just so many things I love about it. The Western genre, the greater emphasis we get on Doc, Thomas F. Wilson as Mad Dog, there are just a lot of things about this film that really work for me on a base level. Outside of the original, this is the one I watch most of the trilogy.
2) Universal decided to unveil a new logo at the start of this film because 1) it was the studio’s 75th anniversary and 2) this was their most popular series at the time. It is the rare occasion when a logo actually adds to the weight of a film, as it feels more magical and we have a greater sense of time than we did with past logos.
3) Because the last film ended with the climax of the first film, and because this film’s opening scene was the ending of the last film (kudos if any of that made sense to you), this means that the end of the clock tower scene is the only sequence to appear in all three Back to the Future films.
4) The film’s opening theme actually introduces a new love theme from composer Alan Silvestri. A lighter melody which reoccurs throughout the film which I always tied to Doc and Clara’s relationship. But in hindsight it could just as easily be used to relate Doc and Marty’s friendship.
5) I mentioned in my post about Back to the Future Part II that the sequels play with the idea of history repeating itself by recreating scenes from the original in new circumstances. This trend continues in Part III immediately when Doc doesn’t believe that Marty actually came back FROM the future and refers to him as, “future boy,” only for Marty to talk to Doc through a locked door and convince him otherwise.
6) Doc reading the letter his future self wrote to Marty from 1885 is great. We get to see a lot of fun from 1955 Doc in reacting to ideas like the flying Delorean and briefly thinking that, “Einstein,” was someone other than his own future dog. Also it makes both Doc & Marty tear up. I’m all for tearful bromances.
7) As I mentioned before, this film does succeed in some nice emphasis on Doc’s character. Before he was a funny enthusiastic scientist and we didn’t get MUCH of his backstory, but here we get nice little details which flesh out his character more. Notably, his love for Jules Verne inspiring his desires to be a scientist. We also learn that he LOVED the Old West and as a kid he wanted to be a cowboy. That’s such a fun idea!
Marty [after finding a picture of his great-great-grandfather Seamus McFly, also played by Michael J. Fox]: “That’s him. Good looking guy.”
9) So Doc is about to send Marty into the old west dressed as a “cowboy” and Marty points out he never saw Clint Eastwood dress like this.
Doc: “Clint who?”
Marty [looking at the movie posters]: “That’s right. You haven’t heard of him yet.”
The movies featured at the drive-in - Revenge of the Creature and Tarantula -both actually feature a young Clint Eastwood in them!
10) According to IMDb:
The drive-in theater was constructed specifically for this film. It was built in Monument Valley, and demolished immediately after filming. No films were ever screened there.
I would have LOVED to go to that drive in. Like that would be a must see destination for sure.
11) This is a nice callback to the original:
1955 Doc (telling Marty about how he’ll have to drive through the desert): “Remember where you’re going there are no roads!”
12) The gag with the Native Americans is pretty clever. For those of you who haven’t seen the film: Marty is concerned about running into the drive in wall with the Native Americans on it but is concerned he’ll hit them, but Doc points out he’ll travel back in time when there was no wall. Except when he travels back in time, there’s a group of (possibly stereotypical) Native Americans charging right at him (because they’re being chased by the cavalry).
13) Michael J. Fox as William McFly.
Fox continues his excellence of acting out multiple characters from the first film with his performance as Marty’s ancestor Seamus. He plays it totally different than he does Marty. Quieter, kinder, a little less brash, and with a killer Irish accent. Like his acting in the previous film, you never feel like you’re watching Fox play against Fox. They’re two totally different characters and he does well to show that.
14) Not only does this film play well with preexisting gags, but it also adds to them.
Marty: I had this horrible nightmare. Dreamed I w-… dreamed I was in a western. And I was being chased by all these Indians… and a bear.
Maggie McFly: Well… you’re safe and sound here, now, at the McFly farm.
Marty: McFly farm? (Marty jolts out of bed to see Maggie) Why, you’re my, you’re my, my…(realizes he’s never actually met this woman in his whole life, as opposed to all the times he’s done this with his mom.) Who are you?
15) Just as Fox plays Seamus well, Lea Thompson does a great job as Maggie McFly.
Maggie is so different from Lorraine or…huh, I guess she’s only played different versions of Lorraine before. But she’s a little fiercer, being an immigrant at all, is able to hold her own with her husband, and again the Irish accent is great! I very much enjoy Maggie.
16) Robert Zemeckis directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit before the two Back to the Future sequels…
17) Think about this: we have seen seven full generations of Marty’s family.
His great great grandparents, Seamus and Maggie.
His great grandfather, William (as a baby).
His grandparents, Sam and Stella (in the original film)
His parents and his mother’s siblings (in the original film)
Him and his siblings.
That gets to an excellent point about this series: it’s not about random time travel, it’s very much about family and the relationships we form between blood and friends. The fact that we meet seven generations of one kid’s family I think illustrates that perfectly.
18) Marty wandering through town illustrates how he wanders through town in the earlier films, giving us some nice throwbacks/foreshadowing (I don’t know which it is in a time travel movie) when we see A. Jones Manure Company.
19) The three bar patrons:
Dub Taylor, Harrey Carey. Jr., and Pat Buttram made careers out of playing sidekicks, town drunks, and colorful townsfolk in hundreds of westerns and television shows. Buttram in particular provided memorable voice over work in The Fox & The Hound as Chief and Disney’s Robin Hood as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
20) Bufford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen.
This was Thomas F. Wilson’s favorite film to shoot out of the Back to the Future trilogy because he got to be a cowboy pretty much. Wilson is truly underrated throughout this film. In so many ways Mad Dog is a wildly different character from Biff and Griff. He’s more of a classic thug, he feels like he’s straight out of an old western and Wilson is chameleonic in the part. You don’t see Biff or Griff or any of other Wilson’s work, you just see Mad Dog and I will forever shout to the heavens that Thomas F. Wilson does not get enough credit for his work in this film.
21) These films really lucked out in their pop culture references. From the original we’ve had references to films, TV and music which have stood the test of time. These include Star Wars, “Star Trek”, Jaws, and - in this film - Clint Eastwood and Michael Jackson. Marty’s Michael Jackson dance when Mad Dog asks him to Dance is great!
22) In each film Marty pisses off a Tannen family member in a place to drink and is chased through town by him and his gang. This film is a bit more serious with that idea, as Mad Dog and his crew ride their horses and practically hogtie and lynch Marty. It’s the one time the town chase has not ended with Marty coming up on top, needing Doc’s sharpshooting to save his life. According to IMDb:
Thomas F. Wilson who plays Buford Tannen, performed all his horse riding stunts himself. He also did the trick where he lassoes Marty just before we meet the 1885 Doc.
When “Mad Dog” tried to lynch Marty, Michael J.Fox was accidentally hanged, rendering him unconscious for a short time. He records this in his autobiography “Lucky Man” (2002).
23) I never knew how amazing Doc Brown as a badass gunslinger would be until I saw this film.
24) It’s interesting to note that Doc does not remember helping Marty get to the Old West when he did so thirty years earlier. My working theory is this: we know that Doc hit his head a lot, so I’m guessing at some point he just banged himself up so much he forgot his own future in the Old West.
25) The Mayor in Part III was a part which was offered to Ronald Reagan after his presidency, as he was a fan of the original film. He ended up turning it down.
26) The whole idea of an act committed by Marty and Doc changes the name of Clayton Ravine to Shonash Ravine then to Eastwood Ravine is basically a more obvious version of the Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall joke in the first film.
27) Clara Clayton.
With the exception of Lorraine, the Back to the Future films don’t exactly excel at representing female characters (they literally left Jennifer on the porch in the middle of the last film and she won’t show up again until the end of this film). Mary Steenburgen as Clara Clayton is a nice change of pace for that. Although largely introduced as a love interest for Doc Brown, she is developed into an interesting character to match Doc’s. She has the same love for Jules Verne and science as he does (a rarity in the Old West), she’s able to fend for herself around Bufford Tannen, but she and Doc also connect on a really fascinating level. Even though they just met, the chemistry between Lloyd and Steenburgen make you really believe that these two love each other (the scene where Doc agrees to fix her telescope is so cute!). I love Mary Steenburgen in this film, and she’s a worthy addition to the trilogy.
28) With the extension of the story to a trilogy, we get to see when the famous Hill Valley clock starts clicking in 1885 (in Part III) and when it stops clicking in 1955 (in the original film). Thinking it through, you can figure out exactly how long the clock ran. The clock in the clock tower started running at 8:00 p.m. on September 5, 1885 (the date is provided by the caption on the photograph Doc gives Marty at the end of the movie). The lightning strikes the clock tower at 10:04 p.m. on November 12, 1955. This means that the clock tower operated for exactly 70 years, 2 months, 7 days, 2 hours, and 4 minutes.
29) Much like how Huey Lewis made a cameo in the original film, ZZ Top (who sings the song “Doubleback” which plays during the credits) cameos as the 1885 town bad during the dance.
According to IMDb:
According to the book “Billy Gibbons: Rock & Roll Gearhead”, ZZ Top was hanging around the set and was asked to be the town band. During one take, the camera broke. While waiting for the camera to be repaired, Michael J. Fox asked if they would play “Hey Good Lookin’” which they did. Afterwards, more requests were played. Two hours later, someone inquired if the camera had been repaired. Robert Zemeckis replied that it had been fixed for quite a while, he just didn’t want to stop the party that had evolved.
Also the song they’re playing is an acoustic version of “Doubleback” from the film.
30) I’m sharing this largely for the first 22 seconds.
After watching the modern “Doctor Who” series I immediately think of this:
You Whovians get me.
31) I’ve seen this film probably around ten times (maybe eleven now) but this was the first time that the actor playing the Colt salesman looked familiar to me.
Well that’s because the last time I watched this film and my most recent viewing I’d see Blazing Saddles twice and, well…
32) And of course this has to continue because it wasn’t resolved in Part II:
Mad Dog [to Marty]: “You yella?”
Again, I don’t have an issue with this as much as other people do, but it’s hardly my favorite aspect of the trilogy.
33) This part makes me laugh every time:
Mad Dog: Then let’s finish it, right now!
Gang Member #1: Uh, not now, Buford. Uh, Marshal’s got our guns.
Mad Dog: Like I said, we’ll finish this tomorrow.
Gang Member #2: Tomorrow, we’re robbin’ the Pine City Stage.
Mad Dog: What about Monday? Are we doin’ anything Monday?
Gang Member #1: Uh, no, Monday’d be fine. You can kill him on Monday.
Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen: I’ll be back this way on Monday!
34) Doc and Clara stargazing melts my cynical heart.
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35) The only time in the entire trilogy when the catchphrases are flipped!
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And I laugh every time.
36) It is a truly fascinating scene to watch when Doc tells Marty he wants to stay in 1885, but Marty knows Doc so well he is able to pretty easily convince him otherwise (mainly by appealing to the scientist in him). It shows just how great a friendship these two have.
37) You know what I never got: why does Doc not want to take Clara with them to 1985?
SHE’S SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD ANYWAY!!!!
38) My heart breaks every time Doc tries to tell Clara the truth about himself, and each time I watch this film there’s a part of me that thinks it won’t happen this time. I’m always wrong.
Doc [after a traveling salesman tells him you never know what the future holds]: “Oh…the future. I can tell you about the future.”
(Feel free to stop watching after 1:44)
40) I’m starting to realize this film has some of my favorite gags in the whole trilogy.
Marty [after Doc faints after taking a shot]: “How many did he have?”
Bartender: “Just one.”
Marty: “‘Just one’?”
Bartender: “Now there’s a man who can’t hold his liquor.”
41) Marty realizing what we all should when dealing with someone like Tannen:
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42) If I didn’t ship these two enough, just listen to how Clara describes Doc:
Clara [asking about Doc]: “Was this man tall, with great big brown puppy dog eyes and long silvery flowing hair?”
I love it!
43) Originally Mad Dog Tannen (after falling in manure) was arrested for killing Marshal Strickland and this was said by the deputy. However, this scene was deleted as the filmmaker decided it was too dark. They pointed out the fact that no one dies and stays dead in the Back to the Future films. Hence the re-dub.
44) When Doc blows the train whistle he gleefully exclaims, “I’ve wanted to do that all my life!” This sentiment would be repeated by the main character in 2004′s The Polar Express, also directed by Robert Zemeckis.
45) The entire climax with the train - while no Clock Tower scene from the original - is a great ride! It keeps the film’s standard for exciting and well done action in check while also feeding in incredibly into the western genre. It’s just a lot of fun!
HIS FACE! HE’S JUST SO HAPPY AND I LOVE IT! YES!!!!
47) It’s so sad when we think that Marty will never see Doc again because the Delorean is destroyed. Thank god for time travel.
48) Needles looks like a moron. Did people really dress this way in 1985?
49) In the last film it was established that Marty got into a car accident with a Rolls Royce after being called chicken, a decision which sent his life spinning down the toilet. This time we see the scene itself and while Marty decides not to race Needles (and in doing so he avoids the accident), because of time travel something is different this time:
JENNIFER IS IN THE PASSENGER SEAT OF THE CAR! JENNIFER WOULD’VE FREAKING DIED!
That could’ve been very bad for Marty.
50) I have a lot of fan theories in my head that fill up a lot of plot holes, but one thing I can’t figure out is how did Doc get the barriers to the railroad to drop before he traveled back in the time train to meet Marty & Jennifer?
51) Jules & Verne.
If you watch carefully, you can see the younger of the two - Verne - doing random stuff with his hands during the wide-shot. That’s because a crew member was in charge of doing things with his hands that the child actor would mirror, mainly with petting the dog. But when the crew member started gesturing for someone to come by them Verne continued mirroring him. And it’s in the final film.
52) This is a great closing message for the entire trilogy.
I love Back to the Future Part III. I love all the Back to the Future movies honestly, but something about Part III just really does it for me. I love the Western setting, I love the emphasis on Doc, I think Lloyd and Wilson get to really shine, and Clara is such a wonderful addition to the story. It’s just a really great way to close out one of the best film trilogies in movie history! So go watch it! Not just this film, the whole trilogy. You won’t be sorry.