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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Back to the Future Part III" is, in my opinion, the best of the entire trilogy. Of course, that's just my opinion, but I can't be wrong because it's a point of view, right? That out of the way, let's get to some heavy duty praising for one of our best directors, Robert Zemeckis. There are very few directors who have such a love for the craft of filmmaking that, when you see their work on the screen, you know they were going totally buckwild, just having the time of their lives with all the gadgets at their disposal. Sam Raimi is one, Spielberg, Shyamalan, and Lucas are three more, and definitely our dear Bob Zemeckis. All you have to do is look at his menagerie of films: "Back to the Future", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", "Forrest Gump", and "What Lies Beneath". Even though I didn't like "What Lies Beneath", it still had some of the coolest camera moves I've seen in recent years. But come on, "Roger Rabbit" and "Forrest Gump", not to mention said trilogy are classics, filled with remarkable visuals and a wonderful sense of humanity. "Back to the Future Part III" is no exception to that rule.
This isn't usually revered as the best of the films. In fact, other than a few friends of mine, the only critic I know of to agree is Leonard Maltin. But I believe it to be for a few reasons. First, this is by far the most fast-paced entry in the trilogy. It moves from scene to scene at 88 mph and never stops until the end. Secondly, despite this enormously fast pace, it never ceases to have a beating heart at its center. The love story in the film, which finally revolves around Doc, is very sweet, and the friendship between Doc and Marty continues to grow. Third, the dialogue in this film seems like it went into hyperkinetic overdrive. It zips! That's why, even in a film of mostly character driven scenes, it never loses pace. There's also a very clever reversal of character stereotyping between Doc and Marty that I'm glad they saved for this film. If it had been in the second or even the first one, it wouldn't have come off as well.
But anyway, as is the usual with the plot of these films, look at the title. We are in the year 1885, and Marty has torn the fuel line on the DeLorean, which looks really hilarious with white-wall tires from 1955. So, in order to get the time machine up to 88 mph, Doc devises a plan to hijack... oh, sorry... borrow a locomotive, and using some very specially made crystal logs, getting the boiler hot enough to push the time machine back to the future. Meanwhile, we've got the threat of a duel with good old Biff's grandfather, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, and the aforementioned love story between Doc and a teacher named Clara who he managed to save before a grisly fall to her death. All very simple, all very smartly done, using all the cliches from spaghetti westerns to its advantage, and with incredible visual effects for its action-packed, explosive finale.
It's really hard not to like this series of films. I don't know anyone who doesn't like them. And I think most of that has to do with the fact that, even with all the wackiness and special effects and one-liners and comedy, what really draws people to these films is that the characters are us: They don't react all that differently from how we would. And we all wonder from time to time what would happen if we could go back and change our past, or if one little different thing happened, how would we turn out? The "Back to the Future" films address all of these things with a whole lot of brains, heart, and laughter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2002
This 1990 sequel was shot back to back with Back To The Future 2. Again, it was directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. In this, the third and final chapter in the series, Marty McFly(Fox)is transported, thanks to the delorean, to the year 1885. The Old West. There, he tries to save Doc Brown(Lloyd)who is to be shot and killed by a mad gunmen. Is it any surprise that the guy who is supposed to kill Doc Brown is a relation to Biff?. No, it isn't. But there are a few other problems as well. On his trip to 1885, the delorean gets a hole punctured in the fuel tank. They are trapped there. The other, is that Doc has fallen in love with a sweet school marm(played by Mary Steenburgen). Doc is conflicted between leaving and saving his life, or staying and being with the woman he truly loves, and face the chance of getting shot. The two find a way to gain enough speed to get the delorean in motion and send them back to 1985. If you haven't seen it, I won't say how. This chapter in the brilliant series is a real fun, crowd pleaser. However, it lacks a lot of the punch the first two had. The effects and everything are mild and tame in this one. Not as exciting as the previous ones. Still, it is a wonderfully made and put together film. It is thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable. A very satisfying end to the whole saga. Fox and Lloyd are, as always, top notch. Thomas Wilson as Biff's ancestor is, well, he's still Biff. Would we want him any other way?. Probably not. Steenburgen does the best with what she's given. It's too bad that Lea Thompson, who had such an important and prominent role in the first and second, was relegated to almost 'cameo' status in this one. Oh well. In the end, a good romp for the whole family. Watch and enjoy!!!.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2002
After I watched "Back to the future Trilogy", the one I enjoy the most is Part III. This movie has everything, friendship, romance, homour, action and wonderful Western scences. The Western scences make this movie look epic, the friendship between Marty and Doc is keep growing and the bond between them is so strong. The action is the best of the trilogy, just look at the duel of Marty and his nemesis and the train part. The romance for Doc and a school teacher is charm of this movie. Finally a perfect ending for this classic trilogy. The main character, Marty, also 'grown up' from last two movie, I say grown up that is because he can control his attitude when somebody called him chicken or coward even he knows he doesn't have to fight to. Hence he changes his future from nearly a car accident from Part II. Although this movie is less homour than last two, but it should be the way it is. That's why I think Part III is the best.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2010
Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly receives written word from his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, as to where can be found the DeLorean time machine. However, an unfortunate discovery prompts Marty to go to his friend's aid. Using the time machine, Marty travels to the old west where his friend has run afoul of a gang of thugs and has fallen in love with a local schoolteacher. Using the technology from the time, Marty and Emmett devise one last chance to send the two of them back to the future. Back to the Future 3 is a well-written, well-directed, well-balanced piece. With an incredible musical score, brilliant acting and excellent composition, the movie reminded me that Back to the Future was never about action. It is truly about the characters we came to know and love in the first movie. The perfect finale to a wonderful trilogy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2000
Marty goes back to the Old West to stop his friend Doc( who was accidentally sent back there) from being shot by Biff's ansestor and after that finding them a way to get Back to the Future. This film is fantastic. I don't care what any other people say it is. Its not nearly as good as the original, thats true, but what sequel is? I think any one eho gives this movie less than one star is expecting to much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
Well, here we come to the 3rd and (sniff) final chapter. I bought the trilogy for my mother, and while she did enjoy parts 1 and 2, she felt this 3rd one was the best. And we could easily argue that the 3rd is the best. Going through my mother's TAXI DVDs, it seems that Christopher Lloyd brings the most qualities of his famous character Jim Ignatowski into play here. (Example: reading a letter he wrote and crying: 'I never knew I could write anything so touching.')

Marty finds that Doc Brown will be murdered back in 1885 (where he ended up at the end of Part 2 when the lightning struck the time machine). So the 1955 Doc Brown helps Marty get the time machine working again.

There is somewhat of a sad winding down as we see that when we first saw the time machine in Part 1, it could only be driven. Then by the end of part 1 the time machine could fly; now in Part 3, it can no longer fly and can only be driven; and soon after Marty arrives in 1885, he has an accident, and it can no longer move and must be pushed or pulled somehow. (SIGH) With some sad symbolism, we know that this is going to be the last chapter.

Moving on, Marty runs across his great great grandfather (played also by Michael J. Fox). This is interesting in that he finally has a blood relative 'father figure' on his adventures. And he spends a fair amount of time explaining to Marty that if he keeps jumping everytime someone calls him 'chicken' he's going to eventually plague himself with disastrous and possibly irreversible consequences. (We already heard his parents speak about this in Part 2. So we know something is going to possibly happen because of this.)

Without going on too long, Doc Brown realizes that he has fallen in love with a school teacher named Clara. So, this of course complicates things. Escaping into the future could mean breaking his own heart as well as hers.

In all honesty, this 3rd chapter has the most suspense as well as the most value in the ways of characters growing. Marty (with the help of his great great grandfather and Doc Brown too) realizes that it's stupid to jump everytime someone calls you a name. And after all the time he thought about the future, Doc finds that he is most happy in the past.

Lloyd brought REAL comedy to the role when he portrays himself as a depressed drinker talking about the future in the old west. (Another Jim Ignatowski moment.)

It's probably also right to take amoment to talk about the antagonist Thomas Wilson. He could be a convincing bully, a tough mafia type, an evil cowboy, and even a nice redeemable guy as we have seen in the end of Part 1, and again in Part 3.

Robert Englund was not so likable as the principal in Parts 1 and 2. BUT, he is really likable and admirable as the ancestor of his Prinicpal Strickland character Marshal Strickland. This is Englund's best moment in the trilogy. He knows he can't just kill Maddog Tannenn, but he isn't blinded by the 'law abiding citizen act' either. "Maddog, the only party I'll be celebrating is the one that ends with you hanging at the end of a rope."

Overall, it's a great trilogy. And we could easily argue that Part 3 is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
As soon as Marty and Doc get ready to go back to 1985 from 1955, the Delorean is hit with a lightning bolt and sends Doc somewhere in time. As Marty is standing there in 1955, confused on what to do, a mailman comes up to him, handing him a letter addressed to him, from 1885, from Doc. The letter says that he hid the Delorean in a cave, and to use it to get back to 1985 and to not come to 1885 to rescue him. But when Marty finds out that Doc dies from a gunshot to the back, he decides to not listen to Doc and head back to 1885 to save Doc from dying. But when he arrives in 1885, he busts his fuel line, leaking out all the fuel. And in 1885, there is no gasoline. So while Doc and Marty try to figure out how to get back to 1985, they must also try and not die by the gun of Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, the relative of Biff.

While part 3 feels like part 1 and 2, it almost feels totally different. It being more of a western has a big hand in that also. And I love westerns, so I love part 3. Honestly in my review of part 2, I said part 1 is probably my favorite, but I really don't know. I love all 3 parts equally because even though they all have the same premise, they are all so different at the same time. In part 3, I absolutely loved the character of Buford Tannen. He was absolutely hilarious. And he really felt like he was a bad guy from back in the west. The way he talked and the way he looked. I also liked how a lot of part 2 hinted at parts of part 3 (since they were both made back to back). For instance, Marty sees a picture of his great grandfather in part 2 and he says something like "Good looking guy", but in part 3 we find out it was really Marty himself. And definitely one of my favorite parts of all 3 movies is here in this movie. The final scene with the train trying to get the Delorean to the future was done really well.

For the final part of the trilogy, I really couldn't have asked for more. Definitely a great ending to a great trilogy that will be loved for a long time by children and adults. OWN THIS!

P.S. - So why didn't Marty and Doc just go to the cave that Doc put the Delorean in to siphon gas from it to put it into the Delorean that needed gas instead of trying to use a train to get it to the future. DOH! =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2010
I don't know if a lot of people know this but at the very end of Back to the Future Part II there was a full trailer for Part III, I guess they didn't want to keep you too anticipated because of Part II's cliffhanger ending. But what I have to say is... this movie is definately my least favorite of the trilogy and you know, don't get me wrong it's a good movie but some of it's lacking. The plot involves Marty stuck in 1955 right after the Delorian was struck by lighting with Doc inside, sending him to 1885. So Marty gets the 1955 Doc to find another Delorian that 1885 Doc put in a mining cave in the outskirts of Hill Valley. When they find the Delorian they soon find out that Doc gets shot in 1885 by a bounty hunter. So now Marty has to go to 1885 to save Doc and face off with the bounty hunter himself. When Marty travels to the old west, the Delorian's fuel tank gets damaged so it can't get up to 88 miles by itself, so now he's stuck in 1885 with Doc, who finds true love with a person named Clara. That's one thing I never liked about this movie, its nice he found somebody but it does that thing that I hate, it happens in every romance movie: boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy is depressed, boy gets girl in end. It kind of slows the movie down. And there isn't as much time travel or paradox in this movie which is what made the other two movies so great. But there are some funny moments and the interaction scenes with Doc and Marty are nice. And the train scene and the showdown scene are both great, giving nice little tributes to Clint Eastwood, and the music score is still awesome. So overall it's a good movie but it's a big step below the first two. But I still recommend it, it's a nice cap to the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
Back to the Future Part III(1990) picks up where the second film left off and completes the story arc. Marty McFly is stuck in 1955 after the DeLorean is struck by lightning. Marty and a younger version of Doc Brown restore the DeLorean after they find it in a cave. When Marty finds out that Doc Brown was killed in 1885, Marty travels to that time period to take Doc home. In 1885, Doc Brown falls in love with a lovely, educated schoolteacher, Clara Clayton(Mary Steenburgen). Marty, Doc Brown, and Clara are bullied by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen(Thomas F. Wilson). Marty has to stop Buford Tannen from killing Doc and they have to return to 1985. Back to the Future Part III cuts back on technology and puts more of its focus on plot and character. There's an homage to Once Upon a Time in the West(1968) as the camera films Hill Valley, California in the year 1885. Back to the Future Part III was filmed in Jamestown, CA and I saw it on a field trip in grade school. The town was destroyed by fire. Alan Silvestri is back and he adds a "Western" flavor to the music score. A scene where Buford Tannen kills Marshall Strickland(James Tolkan) in cold blood was deleted from the film. ZZ Top makes a cameo in the film and they perform the theme song. Sexy Mary Steenburgen is quite good as Clara. She also played Clara Clayton on the Back to the Future animated series. Back to the Future Parts II and III were filmed back to back in 1989. Movies such as Missing in Action I and II and The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions used the same gimmick. Back to the Future Part III was a solid, final film in a fun movie franchise.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon August 29, 2010
The first Back to the Future movie was a funny set piece exploring a modern teenager at large in the 50s. The second explored a dark alternate present. So what do they do for a third? Go back to the old west, of course! LOL

This time though, we have a time traveling Doc trapped in the past, and once again his younger self must come to the rescue to get the DeLarien fixed up and ready to go time traveling. In the process Michael J Fox will encounter Indians, ancestors, old time western bullies, and of course help the modern Doc in the old west to find a way to get the time machine up to 88 miles per hour so that they can return to their real time.

The movie is light, funny, and fully lives up to its two predecessors. In fact, it might be my favorite of the three. The Doc's latest time machine at the end of the movie is a wonder to behold ... surprising and delightful. Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and the entire cast of supporting actors are spot on. Mary Steenburgen almost seemed to be typecast back in those days as the love interest of time travelers! LOL (Time after Time)
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