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Back To The Future Part II (1989)

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December 17, 2002

November 22, 1989

$331,950,002 USD (worldwide)

Thriller, Science Fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Action

$40,000,000 USD

PG for Sequences of Action, Sensuality and Language

Robert Zemeckis

Neil Canton & Bob Gale (Producers)

Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy &
Frank Marshall (Executive Producers)

Robert Zemeckis (characters & story)

Bob Gale (characters, story & screenplay)

Alan Silvestri

Dean Cundey

Dean Cundey

Amblin Entertainment

United States


Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA (Town Square Set)

Baldwin Park, California, USA

Courthouse Square, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

El Monte, California, USA

First United Methodist Church - 6817 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (Enchantment Under the Sea School Dance)

Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (Enchantment Under the Sea School Dance)

Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA (Tunnel scenes)

Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oxnard, California, USA

Pasadena, California, USA (Brown Mansion)

South Pasadena, California, USA

Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA (Town Square set)

Whittier High School - 12417 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, California, USA (Mill Valley High School)

Whittier, California, USA (Mill Valley High School)

Wilmington, Los Angeles, California, USA (Oak Park Cemetery)

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Back to the Future Part III

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Michael J. Fox Christopher Lloyd Lea Thompson Thomas F. Wilson Elizabeth Shue James Tolkan Jeffrey Weissman Casey Siemaszko Billy Zane

Elijah Wood
J. J. Cohen Charles Fleischer E. Casanova Evans Flea Joe Flaherty

Picking up with a replay of the final scene from the original Back to the Future, heads off to the 21st century at a frenetic pace that never lets up. First it’s full speed ahead to century 21, circa 2015, where Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly must deal with his future children. Here Marty learns that his son is a wimp and he himself has become a loser. Marty’s nemesis has managed to change history for his own benefit forcing Marty’s return from the future back to 1955 to set things right.

The ending of the original film might have made it appear that a sequel had been planned all along, but surprisingly, the tag, which had Doc returning from the 21st century to warn Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer (Elizabeth Shue) about their kids’ trouble, was intended just as a joke.

According to the production notes, the first hint actor Michael J. Fox had of sequel possibilities came from watching a video of the first film, to which a “To Be Continued” had been added.

Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III were shot back-to-back over a period of 10 months, then released only six months apart.br
The two police officers are named Reese and Foley, which are the names that director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale use for any police or government agents in the films they have written.

Crispin Glover had not granted permission to use his likeness, and sued Steven Spielberg. The suit was settled, and the Screen Actors Guild introduced new rules about illicit use of actors.

In one scene, Marty McFly Jr. almost gets hit by a taxi. He yells: "I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!" This is a reference to Midnight Cowboy (1969).

The ledge on the clock tower that Doc broke in the first movie is still broken in 2015.

First film appearance by Elijah Wood. He plays one of the two video game boys that Marty speaks to in the diner near the start of the film.

The opening cloud shots were originally used for the Clint Eastwood movie Firefox (1982).

Doc mentions to Marty that he visited a rejuvenation clinic in the future to make him appear younger. This was written so that Christopher Lloyd would not have to constantly wear old-age makeup for the two sequels, since he would primarily be portraying the 1985 incarnation of Doc.

"Back to the Future Part II" was the most advanced film of its time for using "every trick in the book" according to Robert Zemeckis. It was in the late 1980s when the concept of CGI was starting, however in the film, very few CGI effects were actually needed.

The hoverboard sequences required many different special effects and camera tricks. In the shots where Michael J. Fox was on a harness, the soles of his shoes had to be drilled in to the hoverboard. This meant that he had to be carried around in between takes of these scenes.

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Doc: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Doc: The time-traveling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women!

Biff Tannen: That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.
Marty McFly: [under his breath] It's "screen door on a submarine," you dork.

Marty McFly: Where are we? When are we?

Young Doc: Nice talking to you. Maybe we'll bump into each other sometime again in the future.
Older Doc: Or in the past.

Biff Tannen: Hey butthead!

Doc: Great Scott!

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When Doc Brown loses his footing on the clock tower as it begins to toll, in the next shot, when he swings about towards the clock the thin black stunt cable attached to his waist, that leads around the neck of the statue, is visible. Do not confuse it with the thick silver electric cable Doc is holding.

The electric guitar Marty plays at the "Enchantment Under the Sea Dance" is a Gibson ES335 (or 345 or 355). This guitar model debuted between 1957 and 1958 yet he's supposedly playing it in 1955. It would have been more accurate to have him using a Fender Telecaster (1950) or Stratocaster (1954). The Gibson 335 was not made until 1958.

Obvious stunt double for Biff when he and his thugs are chasing Marty around the town square.
When the Delorean backs up before lifting off at the ending of the movie, the camera is reflected on the rear license plate.

During the first time travel experiment in the mall parking lot, when the DeLorean reaches 88 miles per hour, it is shown beginning to glow and throw blue sparks. As it does so, it drives past crewmembers with lighting equipment and a generator.

When Marty is waving to the girls in the aerobics gym (which used to be Lou's Diner) the camera truck is reflected in the large window.

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