"Back to the Future Part III" (1990) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #119 Gem Mint 10.0

“Back to the Future Part III“ (1990)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, Jeffrey Weissman, James Tolkan, Hugh Gillin, Matt Clark, Donovan Scott

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 58min

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Western

Country: United States

Language: English

"Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly learns about the death of Doc Brown in 1885 and must travel back in time to save him. With no fuel readily available for the DeLorean, the two must figure how to escape the Old West before Emmett is murdered."

You might like this if you like: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Westerns, Time-Travel Movies, the previous "Back to the Future" movies, Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, Jeffrey Weissman, James Tolkan, Hugh Gillin, Matt Clark, Donovan Scott

Christopher Lloyd (left) & Michael J. Fox (right) in "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

I totally get if Westerns aren’t in your top pick of genres and that this one may have deflated the franchise for you.. I respect that, but I am I huge fan of genre mixing, especially Westerns and Science Fiction! This is certainly one of my favorite films! Though I will say, I still favor the 1st and the 2nd “Back to the Future” films over this one.

"Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

When I first saw “Back to the Future Part III” (1990), I didn’t really get why they were doing this at all, yet was still able to enjoy it. Years later upon re-watching the trilogy over time, I started to sympathize with Christopher Lloyd’s ‘Doctor Emmett Brown’’s idea of living out his days in the West! Not only that, I guess I didn’t really pick up on him saying that even before the 3rd film! It sunk in for me years later, just going in with that mindset. In the end, it really is a beautiful end to a beautiful story.

I love that they were all filmed so closely together as it really does capture that magic in bottle almost all at once! We get their youth, that same flavor across all, at least I think so! Compared to other franchises where, maybe they have too much time and the technology changes and influences other department’s choices. Sometimes that can be for the better, sometimes the worse, but almost always has a better chance in my book when you kind of try to make as much of you can of it before it trends and gets riffed on.

Thomas F. Wilson (left), Christopher Lloyd (middle) & Mary Steenburgen (right) in "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd are just as insanely charming, the balance of genre mixing, everything I love is still there! Even though I adore action films, the latter two of the “Back to the Future” franchise are certainly the more action heavy, whereas the first is the more classic comedy with lighter action. Not sure if it’s for that reason, but the 1st still comes out on top for me.

I love getting to see another character that Michael J. Fox gets to play! Lea Thompson is back and gets to play alongside him! One of my favorite parts! I still miss Crispin Glover from the first film though! Thomas F. Wilson is always fantastic! Mary Steenburgen is lovely with Christopher Lloyd!

Lea Thompson (left) & Michael J. Fox (right) in "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

Action is pretty damn fun in this one! With a whole new flavor for the franchise! I love Westerns so getting to see that Sci-Fi twist like “Westworld” (the 1973

original AND the HBO series I love!) or “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011) is always fun! Doc Brown and Marty fit in great in the genre!

Michael J. Fox in "A Fistful of... - I mean "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

It’s so much, if you’re in the mood for a Western adventure with some fantasy elements to it! If you’re a fan of the first two… I mean, these characters are just so damn lovable how could you not?! Trying to add more classics to the “Gem Mint 10.0” series!

Written by Sam Gall on July 1, 2021

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"A fitting end to one of the most enjoyable fantasy series of the 1980s." - Film4

"Back to the Future Part III is an infinitely better picture than its predecessor. It's more coherent and streamlined. That's surprising, since parts II and III were filmed at the same time." - Hal Lipper, Tampa Bay Times

"The inimitable Fox is again on cracking form as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd's romance with Mary Steenburgen is surprisingly touching." - John Ferguson, Radio Times

"A good conclusion for the famous trilogy, fun but not as good as the other two entries." - Sebastian Zavala Kahn, Cinencuentro

"Back to the Future Part III continues to move the spirit of the series forward in new and exciting directions, and it reaches a satisfying conclusion to the overarching story." - R.L. Shaffer, IGN DVD

"It's a lovely, rootin' tootin' cowboy romp with a superbly suspenseful runaway train finale, and an apt closer that permits the excitement to continue on beyond the screen. It was an utter joy in 1990, and again in 2010." - Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com

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