Back to the Future Part III

Continuity mistake: After the train crashes against the "Tracks end" sign, the editing is all wrong: Marty is inside the car covering his head with the hover board. Half a second later he has magically moved outside the car, dangling and holding the hover board. Then we see Clara upside down, and back to Marty back inside, removing the hover board from his head after the crash. then he dangles outside with the hover board. So the first shot of him dangling shouldn't have been there.

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Continuity mistake: Doc warns Marty to watch out for the "Track ends" sign which can be seen just 10 meters away. Despite that short distance, the action goes on for several seconds. Given their speed, they should have crashed almost immediately after Doc's warning.

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Continuity mistake: When Buford chases Marty, the position of his 3 goons is an absolute mess and changes from shot to shot with no continuity whatsoever: Sometimes they're behind Buford; or two riders on the right and one on the left; or last but not least: all three riding past Marty until a shot later one of them suddenly appears way behind the group.

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Continuity mistake: When Buford chases Marty, note the second building after the bar, the Stetson house with a semicircle on the roof. Buford passes by this place at least three times during the chase.

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Continuity mistake: When Marty hides from the Native Americans by parking inside a cave, the windshield is covered in dust, but from a brief angle where Marty watches them jumping over the mount, the glass is spotless.

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Continuity mistake: Marty encounters the Native Americans and a chief holds a spear horizontally above his head for several shots, but in in the immediate wide angle a frame afterwards, the spear is gone, or a at least no-one is holding one horizontally.

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Continuity mistake: When Marty drives in reverse to run away from the Native Americans there's one on the right side ahead of the car. When the angle changes he's disappeared and all of them are behind the car.

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Continuity mistake: When Marty is driving toward the cinema screen to go to 1885, after thunderbolts surround the car, in the front shots he looks concentrated and calm, but in a brief shot from the side he is really scared and tense. This swaps back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When Doc gives Marty the picture of them, Marty opens the package and leaves the wrapping paper behind. A shot later, from a a different angle, the paper is all around the picture.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie ends, Marty and Jen are blown away. They're either landing on shadowy or sunny grass, depending on the angle. This changes back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie is about to end and Marty and Jennifer walk by the tracks they have a bumper in front. Jennifer says "there's not much left", then the angle changes and the bumper has magically moved behind them.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie is about to end, Marty picks up Doc's photo. From the front shot he is grabbing it by the middle, but in the opposite angle he holds it by the lower end.

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Continuity mistake: After Marty gets to 1885, a bunch of Indians are running to him and the cavalry behind them, but in the open view one second before, the cavalry was not there.

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Continuity mistake: In 1955 while the Doc is recording some stuff, while Marty behind him is sleeping on the couch, his head moves from side to side between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After visiting Seamus, Marty walks to the Hill Valley train station where a man is by the ticket window. In the next shot the man has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When Marty is about to race against needles, the camera zooms in towards his car. Notice a big rectangular black object reflected on the car. From opposite angles it disappears and there's just green fields. The black object was most surely a structure to hide the camera equipment.

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Factual error: Though extremely modest on today's standards, the dress worn by Clara to the hoedown shows far too much cleavage for the time. No schoolteacher would ever wear a dress like that in the 1880s.

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Doc: Clara was one in a million. One in a billion. One in a googolplex!

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Trivia: The band playing at the Hill Valley festival is rock band ZZ Top (two guys with long white beards playing guitar, and a drummer), who wrote songs for the film.

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Question: When the 1985 Doc is suddenly transported back to 1885 at the end of BTTF 2 and Marty discovers that he has been murdered, because there is a Doc in 1955 that has already been born after the 1985 Doc has died in the West, why did he go to the trouble of going all the way back to 1885 when Doc was still alive? Is there any actual legitimate time travel reason for this, or did he just do it out of instinct to help his close friend?

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Chosen answer: According to the letter, Doc plans to live out his life in 1885. But as it turns out, Doc gets murdered a week after sending the letter. Knowing that Doc's plan to live out his life don't come to fruition, and because he's a good friend, Marty travels to 1885 to save him.

JC Fernandez

Answer: Technically when Doc got transported to 1885, he should not have existed in 1955 because he died. This is the problem I'm having with part 3. The movie should not have happened this way. It should have been where doc did not exist nor the time machine. Part 3 should've never happened.

That's not how most time travel (if any) stories work. Just because someone dies in the past doesn't prevent them from being born since they were already born and alive before going to the past. Think of it this way, if instead of 1885 he travelled to 2085 and died, would that prevent him from being born? The only reason Marty was in danger of disappearing and not existing (i.e. being born) was because his parents were in danger of never getting together.

Bishop73

It was the 1985 Doc that went back to 1885 so he would still be alive in 1955.

The Doc that got sent to 1885 was the Doc from 1985 so therefore it wouldn't have affected 1955 Doc at all.

The one in 1955 hasn't done anything 1985 Doc did.

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