Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Back to the Future Part III Quote: “Your future hasn’t been written yet, no one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.” – Dr. Emmett Brown

“Back to the Future Part III” is a master class in how to make a time-travel comedy. It’s a love letter to Old Hollywood Westerns. And it’s the final note in a legendary trilogy.

Guest host Kevin Brackett (Reel Spoilers podcast) joins Ash and Gene this week to discuss the countless callbacks, outstanding action, and brilliant performances that elevated what some consider the weakest of the Back to the Future series.

We get into Christopher Lloyd’s puppy-dog brown eyes, the Back to the Future theme park ride, elaborate dioramas, the movie’s “Gilligan’s Island” tendencies, Gene’s Two-DeLorean Conundrum, and a hotly debated ending that involves a small child pointing at his genitals.

Plot Summary: “Back to the Future Part III” In this final chapter, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) obtains a 70-year-old message from the time-traveling Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), in which he informs Marty that he has retired to a small town in the Old West. Marty then finds out that the Doc was murdered shortly after sending the letter. In order to save his friend, Marty will have to travel back in time, disentangle a lovestruck Doc from a local schoolmarm, and repair the DeLorean — all while avoiding a posse of gunslingers.

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4 Responses

  1. Shat fan for life says:

    I know you wont publish this but it comes from massive love & support for your podcasts, but the recent choice of films has been awful, you used to have a poll for fans to choose which was a great idea. I know it cant be an iconic film every time but going through the last 30 choices, barely 3 or 4 are of any noteworthy interest on any level. Just a dull list of mediocre, run-of-the-mill anemic films of very little meaningful content to critique on any fun level. I cannot be the only person to notice this relatively recent change. Maybe bring back the poll please?

    • Dick Ebert says:

      Why wouldn’t we publish it? We hope you will find something you like more here:

      • Shat fan for life says:

        thanks Big D, what you and the team do is awesome, just saying the last batch of films overall have been weak compared to the last few years. If you gave a reason on the podcast for why the poll to choose the next film has gone, sorry I missed it.

  2. bttffan says:

    regarding clara and doc. You forget, if Marty didn’t come Doc would still have met Clara. She was in danger BECAUSE he didn’t meet her at the train station as planned (and how the original timeline is).

    There’s 3 outcomes:

    Original outcome without doc: No one meets clara, she falls into the ravine – clayton ravine
    Before marty goes back in time: Doc meets Clara at the train station as planned, but gets shot later
    Movie: Doc doesn’t show up but still saves her

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