Back to the Future Part III

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Release date: May 25, 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson

Budget: $40 million

Box office: $244.5 million

Marty McFly takes another trip back in time to save his friend.

Though it’s the weakest entry in the trilogy, Back to the Future Part III is still an entertaining film, taking the audience on a trip further back than ever before to the Old West. What follows is a decent plot, where the roles are reversed and Marty must save the friend who has helped him many times before. Not only does the main plot highlight the friendship they’ve exhibited throughout the series, but there are quite a bit of points throughout the story that demonstrate this as wel,l such as the letter Marty was delivered at the end of the second film along with how Marty immediately disregards Doc’s wishes upon realizing the man is going to need his help.

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The film also gives Marty some notable character development by creating a character arc out of the flaw which had been introduced previously. Rather than it just disappearing or the filmmakers deciding not to go anywhere with it, they chose to let Marty grow as a person and learn from his mistakes. Said realization comes naturally too when he understands his own hotheadedness isn’t going to do him any favors. The end result is him deciding to take part in the climactic showdown for the right reasons rather than just because some blowhard tried to egg him on by calling him a coward.

Additionally, the antagonist is a fascinating addition to the Tannen family, giving the audience a deeper look at Buford Tannen, who was alluded to in the second film. The character presented is quite interesting and the most cutthroat of all the Tannens who have shown up throughout the trilogy. He’s built up as a force not to be trifled with early on when a short biography depicts him as someone who shoots first and doesn’t even bother with questions. Later, the film backs it up in his introductory scene where he determines hanging a man is a good substitute for running out of ammunition.

A good film in and of itself, this is definitely a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series.



Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor (Thomas F. Wilson)

  • Best Music

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Awards

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • AOL Movies DVD Premiere Award - Best Special Edition of the Year - Classic Movie (For the Trilogy)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD/Blu-Ray of the Year (‘Trilogy’)


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best DVD Collection (As part of the collection “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy.”)

  • Best DVD Classic Film Release

  • Best Science Fiction Film

  • Best Supporting Actress

  • Best Director

  • Best Costumes

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • DVD Premiere Award - Original Retrospective Documentary, Library Releae

  • (For Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy (2002), parts 1, 2, and 3. For the Trilogy)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD of the Year (‘Back to the Future Trilogy’)

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentatoin

MTV VIdeo Music Awards

  • Best Video from a Film

Young Artist Awards

  • Most Entertaining Family Youth Motion Picture - Comedy/Action