Back to the Future Part II

Corrected entry: When Marty is trying to recover the future copy of the sports almanac from the office of Mr. Strickland, he sees that inside the almanac's cover is a dirty magazine. ("Oh La La"). After Strickland leaves the office, Marty tears the almanac cover off, crumples it up, and throws it on the ground, leaving it there. Later, at the dance, BTTF2 Marty is knocked down by a door that is thrown open by the BTTF1 Marty and Biff sees the, now intact with no crumpled cover, almanac inside Marty's leather jacket. Biff then takes it, never replacing the Oh La La inside with the almanac contents. (01:21:00 - 01:40:00)

Correction: That was actually the dust cover from the almanac that Marty tore off; Biff hid the copy of "Oh La La" inside the dust cover while keeping the almanac hidden inside his jacket. BTTF2 Marty took the almanac back shortly after Biff was knocked out by George; the almanac minus its dust cover was what Biff stole back from Marty.

zendaddy621
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Corrected entry: When Marty confronts Biff in 2015 and asks when, where, and how he got the sports almanac, Biff retrieves it from a safe and a lock box and carefully shows it to Marty. Because the almanac contained results from sporting events through the end of the century (the year 2000), it would have been rendered worthless 15 years before and would therefore no longer need to be kept in a safe, if even at all.

jds122567

Correction: No, this scene takes place in 1985 (Marty and Doc were trying to return home from 2015 and discovered the "bad" 1985 instead of theirs), so the almanac still contains fifteen years' worth of future information.

Tailkinker Premium member
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Corrected entry: When Marty first uses his talkie talkie he is holding it backwards. Microphone slats are at the back not front, and the antenna is on the left not right. In later scenes he is holding it correctly.

Correction: It's a running gag in the BTTF movies that Marty is comically ignorant of operating both past and future technology; he futilely attempts to twist the cap off a pop bottle in 1955, for one example, and he has no idea how "one size fits all" clothing works in 2015. His mishandling of the walkie-talkie may also be attributed to this ignorance; however, his walkie-talkie should function properly no matter how he holds it, as long as he pushes the transmit button with the microphone a few inches from his mouth.

Charles Austin Miller
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Corrected entry: A rather obvious one: when Marty is paddling furiously on his hoverboard to escape Biff's gang, the paddling leg changes repeatedly between right and left.

Correction: No it doesn't, I just watched this scene and Marty is using his right foot in every shot.

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Corrected entry: When Marty buys the sports almanac, how does he get the money to do it? Considering a Pepsi costs 50 bucks, the almanac probably costs several hundred dollars. How many teens from the 1980's just happened to have that amount of money in their wallet at any given moment? He didn't get the money from Doc since Doc didn't even know he bought it until after the fact.

calidude

Correction: He used his thumb. We see Future Biff use his thumb to pay for the taxi.

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Corrected entry: Marty sees himself talking to his parents one last time before his other self goes to meet Doc at the clock tower. At this point Biff steps up to Marty and comments on his disguise. The problem here is that in the first movie Biff is never seen again after George punches him. If he had woken up he would have been there to confront the first Marty at the door after telling his parents about the burned carpet, or even George for hitting him. So what happened to Biff the first time if he wasn't there when '55 Marty walked out the door?

Correction: The simple answer is 'because in the first movie things didn't happen that way'. By turning up in 1955, the versions of Marty and Doc from this movie changed the way events played out in very minor ways. A big plot point in this section of the film is Doc's instruction to Marty to stay out of the way as much as possible and ensure events eventually play out the same way as in the first film, so that George knocks out Biff then kisses Lorraine at the dance, and the 'original' Marty makes it to the clock tower none-the-wiser. Biff only went looking for the 'second' Marty because he noticed him after he came around from being knocked out by George (when he stole the almanac). This didn't have happen in the first movie's timeline, likewise Marty didn't stop and notice three unconscious members of Biff's gang when he left the stage. This is entirely consistent with the BTTF trilogy's depiction of how time travel works.

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Corrected entry: When Doc and Marty are in the altered 1985 where Biff is in charge we find out that Doc Brown has been in jail for quite a while. Shouldn't the Delorian have started to fade because Doc never built it? That's what happened to Marty in the first movie.

Correction: The series establishes that it takes several days to a week or more before changes start to retroactively impact the timeline. Just like when Marty and Jennifer went to the future, they would have to be in the alternate 1985 for quite some time before the DeLorean began to fade out of existence.

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Corrected entry: When Marty goes to the cemetery, it says his dad was born in 1930 and died in 1973. If the Enchantment Under the Sea dance [George's senior prom] was in 1955, that would have made him 25 at the time.

Correction: I just saw that scene it clearly reads born in 1938, making him 17 in 1955.

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Corrected entry: In the year 2015, Marty's daughter Marlene is telling Lorraine that the reason the scenery channel isn't working is because the scene screen repairman called Marty a chicken and Marty threw him out of the house. Why would the repairman call Marty a chicken? Nothing at all makes sense about this, what could possibly provoke a repairman to call the owner of the home he was working in a chicken ? Even if Marty was rude to him, it would make more sense to just call him a jerk, not a chicken. Calling him a chicken likely means he was goading him into a fight and there is no logical reason for some repairman to want to pick a fight with someone he is servicing.

calidude

Correction: As we have no information regarding what happened, it is somewhat absurd to attempt to base a mistake on personal speculation regarding a trivial conversation that took place off-screen. It is unlikely, yes, that a repairman would call a client a chicken, however, as we are not made aware of any other details of the incident, it certainly cannot be said that it could not have happened.

Tailkinker Premium member
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Corrected entry: The cooling vents on the back of the DeLorean change between silver and black throughout the film. A clear example of this is the first landing scene of the DeLorean in the alley in 2015.

Correction: It's not silver, it's frost. The car freezes whenever it goes forward in time.

BocaDavie Premium member
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Corrected entry: In the scene in 2015 where the future Lorraine and George McFly come to eat dinner at Marty and Jennifer's house, Lorraine cooks a pizza in a toaster oven. After cooking for 3-4 seconds, Lorraine removes the pizza, which is sizzling hot. However, Lorraine removes the hot pizza with her bare hands without burning herself.

Correction: This is the future. The technology must exist to create a pan that doesn't absorb heat in the hydrator (not toaster oven).

JC Fernandez
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Corrected entry: After Marty talks to his parents after playing on stage he casually strolls out the door just opening the door a fraction, but in Back to the Future 2 he knocks his other self unconscious by flinging the door open. That shot was seemingly done again for the second movie so Marty could be knocked unconscious. (01:28:47)

Correction: The second movie Marty changes the past so that the first movie Marty sees Biff's bullies knocked out. He therefore opened the door more because he was in a hurry to get out, so that they wouldn't wake up and make him miss the lightning bolt at the clock tower(in the first movie Biff's friends wouldn't have been there).

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Corrected entry: When Doc opens his case full of currency, it's sorted by decades, and Doc explains that it's purpose is to be ready for all monetary situations. He pulls some currency from the stack labeled 1950's and tells Marty to use it to buy some clothes. However, since the year they are in is 1955, there's a chance that he may be giving Marty money dated anywhere from 1956-1959. Wouldn't it have made more sense to take the currency from the stack labeled 1940's instead, thereby not running the risk of drawing attention to themselves with money printed with 'future' dates?

Correction: Doc probably thought about that; his stack of money for the 50s is probably comprised of bills for the 40s, his stack for the 40s of bills from the 30s, and so on.

Sereenie
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Corrected entry: We all know that Old Biff stole the time-machine, went back to 1955 and gave the book to himself. He also returned the time-machine to Marty and Doc. WHY? He actually gave them the ability to restore the past. Why didn't Old Biff just keep the time-machine?

Correction: Biff doesn't know how time travel works. Presumably, he assumed that if he were to go back to the future, he'd end up in the alternate future he had just created (which would make sense) and become the 'rich' Biff.

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Correction: Character choices are not mistakes.

oldbaldyone
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Corrected entry: Doc and Marty could not know where the 2015 Marty lives and go there to get 1985 Jenifer.

ozwal13

Correction: Doc's clearly done a lot of research into Marty's family, knowing what happens to them, who his kids are, etc. Knowing where he lives would be part of that.

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Corrected entry: When Marty's son walks by young Jennifer in the hallway of his home, he thinks is the older Jennifer and says "Hi mom, nice pants". Later at dinner, Marty Sr. and Lorraine are talking about how Jennifer is late coming home. Marty Jr. is sitting right there and doesn't even mention how he just saw his mom in the hallway.

calidude

Correction: He's a teenage boy. Not always the most observant or helpful.

shortdanzr Premium member
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Corrected entry: In 2015 when the police get 1985 Jennifer to her home it's daylight, and they say "it's gonna be night time when we get there" but if they are flying that trip should be only a few minutes.

ozwal13

Correction: Doc, Marty, and Jennifer arrived in 2015 at 4:29 PM, already later in the afternoon. Doc also mentions that the skyway was jammed, meaning it would take flying cars longer than normal to arrive at their destinations. It's perfectly plausible that it could be dusk/dark by the time the police get 1985 Jennifer to her "future" home.

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Corrected entry: After Marty burns the sports almanac, it is only burning for a few moments before it begins to pour rain. There was not enough time to burn the whole book, considering he started the fire with some cheap matches and no gas or lighter fluid to make it burn faster. Some of the pages may have survived. There would have been water damage from the rain on the remaining pages for sure, but a few pages may have still survived and have been legible enough for a passerby (or maybe even the western union guy) to be able to read and use to make bets.

calidude

Correction: Yes, but since Marty and Doc see the timeline change in response, it was enough to do the job.

Grumpy Scot
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Corrected entry: At the end of BTTF, Doc, Marty and Jennifer take off for the future. In BTTF2, they arrive 30 years later and see themselves. Impossible! They would have been inside the time machine (as far as those left behind are concerned) for 30 years. Marty and Jennifer were gone from 1985 to 2015 as far as he and everyone else knows. I can prove this by using the first movie. When Einstein goes into the future one minute, he was gone for a minute as far as Doc and Marty were concerned, even though the trip was instantaneous to Einstein.

Correction: Wrong - the reason Einstein is completely gone for that minute is because he never goes back to the time he left. While Marty, etc. go 30 years into the future, they will eventually go back to 1985 and live the rest of their lives, therefore he can exist in the future.

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The whole point and premise of BTTF is that Time is very surely linear, such that altering the past changes the future in such a way that time travellers can even erase themselves from existence. The BTTF story is not about alternate timelines, it's about the pitfalls of travelling in linear Time.

Charles Austin Miller

Corrected entry: After Doc and Marty leave the cafe 80's to get Jennifer back from her 2015 house, you see old Biff retrieve the sports almanac from the trash can, he then audibly says "so Doc Brown invented a time machine!" Next scene in the DeLorean, Doc says he thought he saw something in his rear display, a shot of a yellow cab is then displayed. No way for old to Biff get a cab and catch up so fast, as the DeLorean had been parked in an alleyway, with no cab in sight.

John D 619

Correction: Yes but he knew exactly where they were going because he was listening to their conversation. He could have told the cab driver where to go and when he saw the DeLorean told the driver to follow it.

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Continuity mistake: Notice Marty's hair in the scene when he's playing "Johnny B. Goode." It's quite larger than when he says, some seconds later, "I guess that you're not ready for it yet." That's because when he says that, it's a recycled shot from the original BTTF, whereas most shots showing he's playing the guitar are newly made for BTTF2. However, Marty's hair is considerably longer in the new shots.

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Biff: Look, Lorraine, you walk out that door and I won't only cut off you, I'll cut off your kids.
Lorraine: You wouldn't!?
Biff: Oh, wouldn't I? First your daughter, Linda. I'll cancel all her credit cards. She can settle her debts with the bank all by herself. Your idiot son, Dave. I'll get his probation revoked. And as for Marty. Well, maybe you liked to have all three of your kids behind bars just like your brother Joey. One big happy jailbird family.

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Trivia: In an interview, the director stated that hoverboards were real, but they weren't on the market because parents didn't like the idea of floating children. He said this as a joke, but this didn't stop mass hysteria as thousands of kids went from store to store looking for hoverboards.

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Question: When Marty is playing the guitar after he get fired in the future, Jennifer is trying to sneak out and while he's playing, she stops and turns around to look at Marty. Why does she do this? It made no sense, she could have been caught. Was he playing their "special" song or something?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: It is because Marty used to be a very good guitar player. After his accident, when he broke his hand, he couldn't play very well anymore. Jennifer stops in shock that he is playing so horribly now. She is used to him playing the guitar greatly.

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