Back to the Future Part III

Corrected entry: When Jules, Marty's son, comes out of the train at the end, look at his expression. He looks like he is about to burst out laughing.

Correction: First of all, he's Doc's son, not Marty's. And second, there is no reason why the kid should not be laughing. Maybe he is excited about travelling through time, maybe he finds the 1980's surroundings funny, or maybe his brother had just told him a joke. There are a thousand possible explanations to this.


Corrected entry: Doc wrote the letter (which was read by himself at the start of the movie) and it mentioned the name Clara. Marty went back to 2nd Sept 1885, and met Clara by the cliffs later on. But that letter was written 1st September 1885, before Marty arrived. How is this possible?

Correction: The letter never mentioned Clara. They didn't find out about her until they saw the gravestone.


Corrected entry: When the DeLorean is destroyed by the train at the end, why does the train smash through it, instead of just pushing it back down the tracks? Even if Marty had put on a parking brake (which we don't see him doing) it doesn't seem like it would be strong enough to withstand the force of the train. Even cars that are sitting perpendicularly on railroad tracks get pushed along by fast-moving trains, so why not a car that's specially designed to move on the tracks?


Correction: There's no telling what structural changes Doc had to make to turn the car into a time machine. Doc even says in Part II that Biff's car would "tear through [the DeLorean] like tinfoil." If a Ford would do that, I think the train's damage was about right.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: How come the Native Americans aren't surprised at all when a racing Delorian appears from thin air in front of them, in dazzling futuristic lights?

Correction: Who's to say they weren't? Anyway, these appear to be warriors, who would likely consider it dishonerable to show fear of the unknown.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Doc and Marty are in the blacksmith shop, Doc reads the picture tombstone: Shot in the BACK for a matter of $80. Even Buford emphasises this in the previous scene; "one day you gonna get a bullet in your back". However, in the festival scene when Buford is about to shoot Doc, Doc is facing FORWARD. If Marty had not been there to stop the bullet with the frisbee, Doc would have been shot in the chest, not the back. (00:36:00 - 00:58:45)

Correction: You're not thinking fourth dimensionally. If Marty had not gone back in time, he and Doc wouldn't have saved Clara. If Clara hadn't been at the dance, Doc may well have not been at the dance. Biff would then have shot him somewhere else and in the back. Marty being there messes up the whole time continuum. Doc even mentions something along the lines of Buford being early during that scene.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: In the second film, we learn that Marty's future was drastically altered by a car accident with a Rolls Royce, the driver of which apparently suing Marty for damages. When we see the accident, Marty was meant to be racing down a highway, with the Rolls failing to give way coming out of a side street. This means that it was actually the Rolls Royce's fault, and the driver can't have sued Marty. (He would still have broken his hand, but his financial situation would have been much better off in the future).

Correction: Marty's taking part in an illegal street race - had he ultimately participated he'd have been traveling considerably above the speed limit and without anything resembling due care and attention. As such, some if not all of the blame would be attached to him, leaving him completely open to being sued.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: A truck is visible in the background when Doc and Marty are trying to jump on the caboose.

Correction: There isn't a truck in the background. Upon closer examination, it appears that it is merely the visible tip of a nearby mountaintop.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie in 1955, Marty has Einstein with him and left him with Doc of 1955. At the end of the movie Doc from 1885 went back to 1985 to see Marty and said he had to come back for Einstein, but wasn't Einstein with the Doc of 1955. So how did Doc get him back, is there some kind of explanation?

Correction: Marty never has Einstein with him. The dog in 1955 was named Copernicus. Einstein had first been in 1985 (first movie), then travelled into the future with Doc, where he was cryogenically frozen in a kennel while Doc and Marty tried to straighten things out (second movie). Doc was then sent to 1885, made a new steam-powered time machine and went to the 21st century to "come back for Einstein", before dropping in on Marty in 1985 and say goodbye.


Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie when Marty and Jennifer are at the wreck on the train tracks, the thing starts dinging and the arms lower, indicating that a train is coming. But if Doc is coming from somewhere else in time, then it wouldn't say a train was coming, and one dosn't come later.

Correction: He can travel through time, I don't think it would be so hard to make a train signal activate.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: As the train approaches the DeLorean there is no wooden scaffold to hold the rubber tyres acting as a buffer, yet in the next shot a few seconds later, there is a wooden scaffold on the cow catcher.

Correction: The next shot is after a cut, in which time Doc could have mounted the (obviously home-made) scaffold on the cow catcher.


Corrected entry: The arrow stuck in the side of the DeLorean is perpendicular to the car, but that side wasn't facing the Indians during the chase so they couldn't have hit it.

Correction: There are several times during the chase where you see the Indians ride up on both sides of the DeLorean, including the driver's side. The mistakes, as noted elsewhere, is that the car after all these shots jumps to a point in front of the Indians, and that the arrow appears out of nowhere, but yes, there are occasionally Indians who pass the car on the driver's side.


Corrected entry: After the DeLorean is destroyed by the train, Marty goes to get his truck, picks up Jennifer, almost races with Needles, and then finally returns to the scene of the accident. Isn't it odd that a car was hit by a train, yet there are no emergency vehicles anywhere around, or that the train didn't stop afterward?


Correction: There are two reasons why there are no emergency vehicles - one, the train driver wouldn't have noticed the car (trains are usually too fast to notice), or the train driver assumed that Marty (as he escaped) would report the accident. As for the train stopping, it was probably going too fast to stop quickly (more than likely it would have stopped much further down the track if it did).

Andy Benham Premium member

Corrected entry: When Doc is telling Clara he is leaving and will not see her again, and he tells her he is leaving in a time machine. Clara tells Doc that she also read the Time Machine and is a fan of Jules Verne, but the Time Machine was written by H. G. Wells.

Correction: Clara says: "I understand that because you know I'm partial to the writings of Jules Verne you concocted those mendacities in order to take advantage of me." At no point did Clara actually SAY that Jules Verne wrote The Time Machine. She does not mention The Time Machine at all, nor would she, as it was not first published until 1895, 10 years after the events of BTTF III.

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: Given that Doc is so concerned about influencing future events, why does he set up shop right in the middle of town (creating a lot of loud and noisy inventions) and attend town meetings, and volunteer to pick Clara up at the train station? He should be a hermit, living as far away from people and civilization as possible.


Correction: It seems like Doc doesn't really care about time travel anymore, and that in the old west he decided to start a new life. It goes along with Doc saying "Well, I figured 'what the hell'" in the first movie in response to Marty asking him about not influencing future events. To him at this point, it doesn't really matter to him.


Corrected entry: When the 1955 Doc Brown and Marty went to retrieve the DeLorean from the cave, the passage between the room containing the car and the rest of the mine was rather narrow, and to remove the support beam on either side of the opening to widen the opening is to risk a cave in. How did the car get in there or out? Piece by piece?

Correction: We saw them dig out a hole into the room with the DeLorean and stopped when they could get a good look. It is entirely possible that they made a bigger hole off camera when it was not necessary to show it and brought the car out then.

Corrected entry: In the final scene when Clara hands Doc the framed photo it is completely wrapped in brown paper. A moment later, when Doc hands the gift to Marty the piece which supports the framed picture (allowing it to stand on a table) is visible, even before Marty unwraps the package.

Correction: That's the back of the original photo of Doc standing in front of the clock tower that Marty just picked up from the wreck of the Delorean.

Corrected entry: When the locomotive crashes from the bridge, there is a huge explosion (may have been added digitally in a later version). However, there are no explosives in a steam-engine, only water and wood.

Correction: High pressure within the boiler causes the large explosion of the locomotive, like Doc previously said about the whole boiler going to explode after hitting 2000 degrees.

Corrected entry: When the DeLorean travels forward through time at the beginning of the first movie, the car gets covered in ice. During all other subsequent time travel, this does not happen.

Correction: Actually, it does. It looks like steam coming off the car.

Corrected entry: There are two Time Machines in the Old West (1885). One is with Marty and the Doc. The other is in the mine where Doc put it. It has to be there because if it's not, Marty and the 1955 Doc could've never got it, repaired it, and sent Marty to 1885 to save the Doc of 1985. 1985 Doc and Marty could've saved themselves a LOT of trouble by going to the Time Machine in the mine (in 1885) and transporting the gas from it into the other Time Machine (and, of course, repair the fuel line).

Correction: This has already been corrected. The Time Machine in the mine will have had all its fluids (fuel, brake fluid, etc.) removed as it is placed in long term storage. Furthermore, if they go messing around with the Time Machine, which Marty will then use to return to 1885, they could create a paradox by doing irreparable damage to it. It's far too big a risk to take, especially with Doc being as cautious as he is.

Corrected entry: Isn't it strange that Doc didn't destroy all his stuff in the blacksmith's workshop before going back to the future? Clara goes back to the workshop and finds the model of the railroad and the Delorean, clearly labeled "time machine."

Correction: It's a small wooden model of a strange horseless wagon that says it has "magical" properties. Who would believe it was anything but a toy, or some crazy old man's imagination running wild?

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Continuity mistake: When Marty returns to 1985, he goes to his house and gets in his Toyota pick-up. Look closely behind his head when he first gets in the truck, there is no driver-side head rest. But when he picks up Jennifer, when they pull up to the stop sign the head rest is there. (01:45:00)

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Jennifer: Excuse me, Doc Brown. I brought this message back from the future and, well, now it's erased.
Doc: Of course it's erased.
Jennifer: But what does that mean?
Doc: It means your futures haven't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is what ever you make. So make it a good one, the both of you.

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Trivia: When filming the scene where Marty is being hanged from the clock tower, Michael J Fox agreed to really hang from the rope. Whilst filming, Fox held the rope away from his throat with his hand. At one time he wasn't holding the rope and was really being strangled. The film crew didn't realise, they just thought it was really good acting, until he passed out.

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