Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi


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After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

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5 February 2005 | Captain_Couth
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| Revenge of the 80's: The Franchise
Back to the Future Part II (1989) was green lighted after the success of the first film. The film follows the further adventures of Marty and Doc Brown. This film and the third installment were filmed back to back. However the complexity of the storyline turned off many of the fans of the original. But this is what I enjoyed about this movie. Instead of being the same old run-of-the-mill by the numbers sequel, the film makers decided to do something different and make this a brain twister film. The beauty of this movie is that you have to pay close attention to it.

The film takes place right after the events of part one. Doc Brown comes back from the future to help Marty get his kid out of trouble. Instead of leaving well enough alone, all three of them head off to the future to try and change events. They managed to pull it off but unfortunately they tore a fabric in time due to Marty being greedy and the nosy efforts of Doc Brown. Can Doc and Marty safely restore the space and time continuum before the universe collapses upon itself?

A fun sequel with a few cast changes (Elizabeth Shue now portrays Marty's girlfriend whilst Crispin Glover is no longer with in the film except in stock footage). Most of the original players return to reprise their original roles. Michael J. Fox stretches his acting abilities by playing his son and daughter as well as his older self. If you enjoyed the first film then you'll really want to watch this one (if you haven't already).

Highly recommended.

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Trivia

[46:04]When Match says, "we can do this the hard way or the easy way" then hits him on the head. The screen goes black and you hear a deep voice with an echo say, "the easy way". This is presumably Marty saying it because if you use a sound editor to raise the pitch by 25%, it sounds just like Michael J. Fox.


Quotes

Young Jennifer: How 'bout a ride, mister?
Marty McFly: Jennifer! Oh, man, are you a sight for sore eyes; let me look at you.
Young Jennifer: Marty, you're acting like you haven't seen me in a week.
Marty McFly: I haven't.


Goofs

When Biff and Marty watch A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on TV in 1985A, Joe (Clint Eastwood) is first shown wearing his hat, but when Ramon (Gian Maria Volontè) shoots at him, the hat is missing. This is due to editing - the shot of Joe wearing his hat is from an earlier scene in the film.


Crazy Credits

The DVD version (Regions 1 and 2) has "To Be Concluded" followed by the teaser for Part III just before the start of the credits.


Alternate Versions

The original 2002 DVDs for parts II and III had major framing errors when the wrong areas of the open-matte frame were transferred (known as the "framing fiasco"). This is noticeable for several minutes in each movie and usually manifests as too much sky and missing objects at the bottom. Universal had replacements ready by 2003. A sample from part II is the blinking size button on the future jacket, which is supposed to be visible. Copies with a "V2" next to the copyright notice on the disc, the 2009 single-disc reprint, and the 25th anniversary sets are OK.


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Written by Curtis Williams,
Jesse Belvin and Gaynel Hodge
Performed by Harry Waters Jr., Tommy Thomas, Granville 'Danny' Young, David Harold Brown, and Lloyd L. Tolbert

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Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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