Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

When I was a kid there was a rather serious rumor going around that hoverboards were real and that we’d see them for sale “next Christmas.” This was told to me matter of factly from at least three or four grade school acquaintances and despite me knowing slightly more about movies than most kids my age I still wanted to believe it so badly that I kept hoping to flip through the Toys R Us Holiday catalogues and find one.

Of course I never saw it, but I sure did have that little ball of hope every year. The other rumor amongst the kids of my generation was, of course, for real lightsabers, which some kid always had a friend of his brother or a step-dad that worked in “science” and confirmed that lightsabers are being made. God help us all if we ever get to a point where we can have lightsabers AND hoverboards. There will be a lot of really bizarre/funny/horrible Youtube clips as a result.

So, while I can’t give you guys a hoverboard, I can deliver a sweet looking shot of Griff upside down on his hoverboard from Back to the Future II.

I’m quite fond of this sequel, love how it crosses back over with the first movie and how it never forgets to have a ball of fun at every turn. It’s ridiculous, but kind of badass.

Thanks to Vivek Bhat for sending this one along and to for posting it originally! Click to embiggen!




If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is more than a little badass!

Follow Me On Twitter


Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two!

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    You Bojo

    by Tandberg585

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Griff, not Biff.

    by Julius Dithers

    Still a cool photo, tho.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite movies

    by gksquire9

    Did Quint really say, "Biff?" And I suppose that he is about to crash into the Brown Mansion.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by ben sheppard

    F. Wilson for President.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I hate BTTF 2 and 3

    by disfigurehead

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    II Better than III

    by eck_iii

    I've always liked part II better than III, because of how it deals with the issues of time travel.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Very right on Griff

    by Quint

    Good catch. They're all Biff to me. heh.

  • In the name of all that is holy get rid that Harry as Buffalo Bill. It's creeping me out

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I think for a kid, 2 is better than 1...

    by vicmackey1268

    after seeing 1..obviously. btw...if you don't own these on Bluray wtf is wrong with you, the transfer is one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen, even if some of the age makeup shows more... North By Northwest is another movie that looks amazing on Bluray....along with Face/Off, The Rock, every Pixar/Disney film, the 3rd and 4th Die Hards...etc.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    fuck hoverboards

    by mick vance

    i want dehydrated pizza!!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    One of the SMARTEST sequels ever. Absolute unlike nothing else

    by Proman1984

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Also, HOOK will come out on Blu Ray Novermber 1. Loooooooove it!

    by Proman1984

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    love this movie for its zaniness

    by Pipple

    its only issue being that it loses focus and feels rushed rather than perfectly crafted like the first movie... (sequilitis I guess... Matrix 2, Pirates etc..._ things are too convenient with the almanac plot. Old biff just happens to be hanging around and learns about the time machine, learns to use it in five seconds, and changes history. really... oh and marty has some problem being called chicken... oh and doopity doo by the way lightning strikes the delorean out of no where and sets up the third movie, but what a hell of a fun expansion it is, like an extended universe comic.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The main reason I like part 2 better than the others

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    The DeLorean is fully functional and at the height of its powers. In the other two films, the car is more of a liability that has to be helped along in some way to function. Plus we only get one real time jump in each. Part 2's DeLorean works fine, never runs out of fuel and give us no less than five jumps (seven if you count Old Biff stealing it and returning).

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I SO called it! :P

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

  • I remember on the news they said they were too dangerous and that's why they never released. True story. The news thought they were real lol.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Those same fourth graders that spread rumors grew up to be...

    by JAGUART

    Napoleon Dynamites

  • BTTFII is excellent, and I have very few issues with it (except, when I first saw it, the projectionist had the matte too high and you could see the changes to and from the Panavision-mastered VFX shots). It was, I suppose, a prediction of the original BTTF Universal DVD set requiring disc exchange due to ... mis-framing! The only bummer was Crispen Glover's absence but, again, a wonderful movie courtesy of kick-ass cold-fusion from the two Bobs.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    VISTAVISION ... my bad.

    by justmyluck

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    not only one of the best sequels but also one of the best time travel films

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    The first is of course classic and the third is pure fun, But the second one really delvd into just how badly you can fuck up the present with a few little changes The first one delt with this but only in terms of goerge and lorrane's future and the existence of marty (which despite being the main plot of the film, it wouldn't change much in terms of society if he was never born) but part 2 showed how when the wrong man gets power a whole city (and world) can go to shit. The scenes with marty having to go back and fix his mistake without fucking up the mistake he fixed in the first film is pure geekery at it's best and it's stuff like that that all other time travel movies ignore. the film is just plain smart and it never gets the credit it deserves It's a shame that the film is slowly becoming goofy as we get closer to 2015, although as a kid we all took the films word that thats what 2015 would be like (and in some cases they did get it right.. kids today are pretty fucking dumb and ADD riddled just like zemickis' predicted BTTF2 is not as great as the first time but in terms of time travel drama it's still the best movie ever made

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I could have done without the actors playing their own relatives

    by Mugato5150

    That got irritating after a while. But I liked 2. 3 kind of sucked though. It runs on steam??? WTF?

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    ....and the original Jennifer was hotter than Elizabeth Shue

    by Mugato5150

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    mugato5150 means the second jennifer.

    by saintsaucey

    the original jennifer was jan from the office. but she was cut because she was too tall next to mj fox.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis himself started the rumors of real hoverboards

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    In a "making-of" featurette that is on the dvd's/blu-rays, and originally aired on tv as a making of special, he talks about how they're real and parents groups think they're too dangerous, etc... of course, he was saying it all in jest, but some people without the intelligence to discern that took it as truth and the rumor grew from there.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Part II was pretty good

    by dukeroberts

    Part III kinda sucked. Harry as Buffalo Bill made me laugh out loud. Creepy.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck dehydrated pizza!

    by vin_diggler

    I want a full length Hologram Jaws sequel!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis spread the rumors

    by Kevin Bosch

    In some interview or something he said that Hoverboards were real, but that parent groups were blocking them from ever reaching shelves. He was just joking, and had to retract it later when people took him seriously. Good job Vivek and Charles on the pic!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Oh, shiftyeye beat me to it!

    by Kevin Bosch

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    the rumor I heard as a kid was that the hoverboards used magnets

    by vin_diggler

    it would work like a roller skating rink. The floor would be a giant magnet and the hoverboards would use reverse polarity to cause the board to "hover" over the floor. It made sense when I was young.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Vin, the logic is still sound

    by Ruester

    Just the first time some poor bastard wore a wrist watch out on it, he would lose his bloody hand.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Love the 1st 'Back'

    by Fletch Gannon

    That is a true classic; I also enjoy II and III although when III initially came out I wasn't a big fan of it. I think getting Fox, Wilson, etc. to play their ancestors in the old west was tiring. I would have preferred if the cast new actors to play these parts, plus some of the gags (waking up in bed after being knocked out, Tannen and manure) were predictable. In the end it's a fun movie and a nice end to the trilogy...just could have been better.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    II is a lot of fun, but very flawed

    by darth vega

    In Doc Brown's explanation of why they have to go back to 1955 to change the world as they (now) know it, (with the tangent diagram) he fails to explain how Biff was able to return the De Lorean to their 2015 in the first place. Once Biff changd the past to the new reality, he would have never have been able to get back to his old 2015... I love the movie, but that's a huge plot hole... And I remember seeing that Zemeckis interview about the hoverboards and actually believed it for a long time, until one day I remembered the interview and looked them up. Big disappointment!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    2 Deloreans in 1885

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    The one Marty brings back, and the one Doc has recently buried in the mine. Was Doc just afraid to get engine parts or gasoline from the one he brought to 1885 for fear of screwing up its future retrieval? I have to go look up what the official explanation for that is...

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    favorite line in II is when marty says "doc, what if we don't succeed?"

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    doc grips the steering wheel and makes a swift right turn "we must succeed". favorite in part III is when Marty is about to have a gunfight with Wild Bill Tannen and he calls him a chicken, then he has a realization "he's an asshole, i don't care what Tannen says..." nice pic, thanks!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I think all 3 films are great. and Biff is awesome in 3

    by future help

    there is a lot of heart in all of them.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    4 DeLoreans in 1955

    by Fletch Gannon

    The original pre-Mr. Fusion from the first movie, the DeLorean Old Biff steals from 2015, the DeLorean Doc and Marty fly back to 1955 in, and the DeLorean that is buried in the Delgado Mine (although this technically doesn't appear until the DeLorean with Doc at the wheel is struck by lightning and sent to 1885) but if you did go back to 1955 after all of these events have happened then there would be 4 DeLoreans. Unless you used the DeLorean to get back there...then there would be 5... Okay my head hurts now.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Ever since the first time I saw part II

    by PedroM

    I 'd wanted to own a hoverboard. Still do. Its about time damnit!

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Tom Wilson was awesome in all 3

    by Spyhunter

    Gotta love his "questions" song too:

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    This whole trilogy is great, but this one was the weakest

    by BadMrWonka

    they did such a clean job of sticking within their established reality regarding time travel in the first (and in the third as well, more or less), but then threw it out the window in the 2nd one. think about can Marty leave 1985 and go visit himself in the future? they established the alternate timeline idea, but then they immediately discarded it. if Marty leaves 1985 in the Delorean, then the future they will go to is the one in which Marty McFly magically disappeared in 1985, never to be seen again. No marriage, no kids, no nothing. That always bugged me. They should have just stuck with the past, but then again, for a sequel, I get that everyone wanted them to go to the future. Just always made no sense to me.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Agreed with Marty seeing himself in the future

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    In the first movie, Doc demonstrates time travel by sending the Delorean (with Einstein inside) one minute into the future, meaning he skipped over that minute to arrive one minute later. That means, for that minute of time, Einstein technically did not exist anywhere/time. But Marty is able to travel forward THIRTY YEARS, and sees himself as a middle-aged man, when in reality, he would have become a missing person for all that time. It's possible to go BACK and see a younger version of yourself, but not forward and see an OLDER version of yourself. I know they needed a Maguffin to get Marty into the Delorean at the end of the first movie, but trying to save his marriage and kids which would NOT EXIST if he left the timestream in 1985 and skipped over to 2015 makes no goddamn sense.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Featurette hosted by Leslie Neilson

    by magic_ninja

    Anyone else remember that?

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Too many flaws in logic in the second one

    by Bobo_Vision

    After Marty discovered time travel in 1985, there's no way he could become a hum drum loser in the future who sits around in his la-z chair at night. Being one of two people who knows time travel exist is the type of thing that would make a person extremely excited and ambitious for the rest of their life. It would spark an endless stream of imagination and excitement for life and the possibilities open to them since he and Doc have time travel at their fingertips. He wouldn't just forget. <p> Why wouldn't Doc make Marty go to the point in time where he was about to have a car accident and prevent it....or why wouldn't Doc himself just go to that point in time and prevent it? Why go to the later point when Marty's life is fucked up and try to prevent his idiot kid from being jailed? <p> Part 2 lacked way too much logic....and these are just a few of them. Also, Elizabeth Shue sucked. She acted like a brainless bimbo. Really awful.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    as long as everything works out and marty and doc are able to return a little after tehy leave, marty would have never seemed to have left to anyone he knows?

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    somebody should go back in time and fix the shitty bluray cases

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Were McFly's alternate timeline,ahem, huge boobs real?

    by KilliK

    or the actress was wearing a prosthetic?

  • in all the time-travel movies,even Timecop: Marty and his girlfriend meet their future selves. It is established in the first movie,that there is only one timeline and that Doc's timemachine travels only to that timeline and not to alternate realities. It is also established that actions in the past can affect future events,aka the casuality principle. So in the sequel,when Marty and his girlfriend leave their present to visit the future,that means that they never lived in the time period between their departure from the past and their arrival to the future.for the rest of the world they had simply it was impossible that the Marty who had grew up,had a job,a family,etc could exist in the first place. OFC you could argue that original Marty went to the future,saw his future self,returned to his present,went on with his life,grew up,had a family and then came the future point in time when the past Marty arrives and meets him. But that can only mean that the everything in the whole time-line is predestined,and all the connections between past,present and future events are pre-existent loopholes.But all three movies in the whole trilogy most of the time showcase the fact that fate doesnt exist but is shaped by the actions of the individual characters.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    so when the remake/sequel is coming? i bet in the next 5 years

    by KilliK

    it will be announced.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    There's already a pseudo-sequel

    by Dreamwriter

    Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games. "Six months after the events of the third film, the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley...driverless! Marty must go back in time and get aid from a resistant teenage Emmett Brown, or else the space time continuum will forever be unraveled." The game's story was a collaboration with Bob Gale. It includes Christopher Lloyd doing voice acting, though they used a sound-alike for Marty.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Product Placement

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

    The movie's full of it. Ruins it.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Hmm, they're all good, but II is the weakest....

    by DiamondJoe

    You've got to admire the batshit-craziness of the plotting and all that, but the future stuff is just bollocks. I thought Marty's kids (played by him) and Griff were crap ideas, badly realised. But the 1955 sequences are pretty damn good. Oh, and where the fuck are the Cafe 80's outlets? I want mesquite grilled sushi.

  • ...because there is not ONE time travel film that holds up under any kind of serious scrutiny. Although the fact that Marty's parents never noticed their son grew up to look exactly the same Marty they met in 1955, down to the clothes, has always bugged me. And Biff too, actually.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    killik's plot hole

    by recantha

    I'm sure there's a hole in that plot-hole somewhere, but I'm damned if I can find it! Something to do with "If things carried on the way they would have done and _nothing_ time-travell-y happened to mess it up, then THIS would have been the result." I like that they don't _truly_ meet their future selves though - it's nicely handled. Marty just plain _doesn't_ meet himself. Jennifer does, but the psychological trauma wipes it out. And anyway, the past changes so that Marty doesn't get fired, so that day is wiped out anyway. Quite frankly, that the universe didn't implode during the film is a miracle. I love all the parts. Because they are, strangely, logical and fit together as one contiguous story. Watch them back-to-back, and they _work_.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    killik's plot hole

    by recantha

    I'm sure there's a hole in that plot-hole somewhere, but I'm damned if I can find it! Something to do with "If things carried on the way they would have done and _nothing_ time-travell-y happened to mess it up, then THIS would have been the result." I like that they don't _truly_ meet their future selves though - it's nicely handled. Marty just plain _doesn't_ meet himself. Jennifer does, but the psychological trauma wipes it out. And anyway, the past changes so that Marty doesn't get fired, so that day is wiped out anyway. Quite frankly, that the universe didn't implode during the film is a miracle. I love all the parts. Because they are, strangely, logical and fit together as one contiguous story. Watch them back-to-back, and they _work_.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    killik re: a time paradox

    by justmyluck

    Biff splinters a new timeline that creates the 'Biffed Hill Valley', which is the future timeline the middle-aged Marty and Jennifer inhabit. Marty has to cross past this splinter and re-seal the original singular timeline (Doc explains this in the BTTFII blackboard scene). This is re-confirmed when old Biff returns in the Delorean in BTTFII and has essentially annihilated himself by passing the sports almanac to his younger self, exterminating his older self in 'Biffed Hill Valley'. His death isn't shown, but implied. (I do believe there's a deleted scene of old Biff vanishing, perhaps?). That BBTF timeline logic is self-sealing, but do correct me if I'm wrong!

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Biff and bad timelines...

    by justmyluck

    Transformers DOTM Becomes the 5th Highest Grossing Movie of All Time: About $350m domestic, which pays for the production and marketing so, yeah, they need overseas markets to float that crap. Actually, the top 10 are all movies from the last ten years, so some inflation/population/multiplex timeline re-adjustment is in order!

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Damned Zemeckis Hoverboard Lies!

    by Nerfee

    As a young'un I swallowed Zemeckis' joke about the Hoverboards being real, and proceeded to totally embarrass myself by insisting to all my friends that it was 'only a matter of time' before Hoverboards hit the stores. In retrospect, I suppose it's sweet that I had that much faith in some hollywood dude. It seemed inconceivable at the time that someone from Hollywood might purposefully mislead me. The very idea of it!

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Only a few years to go!

    by Ciderman

    Only 4 years to go before we get: Hover Boards Flying Cars Mr Fusion Double Ties finally come into fashion We watch 25 channels at the same time Faxes come back into common use Nikes with swooshes that glow and self fit Jackets that dry themselves and adjust to the wearer 80's bars! Can't wait myself! I'd say Nike will have a version of the shoes out...

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    You can actually see the stuntwoman injuring herself in this seen.


    Watch it in slow motion and you can see her bash her leg into one of the pillars as she flies past.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    recycled: Is this the same BTTFII injury?

    by justmyluck

    It was in 1989. Cheryl was on the set of “Back To The Future Part II” filming a hoverboard sequence stunt doubling actress Darlene Vogel when she was accidentally dropped 20 feet off of a cable onto concrete.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    hmm, the TB dumped the link

    by justmyluck

    If memory serves, Bob Gale's BTTFII DVD commentary mentioned an injury with a stunt man and that BTS window crash and its debris, but perhaps I'm wrong.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Yep, its the same injury, described differently

    by justmyluck

    Bob Gale: That shot there where the girl hit the pillar, she was actually injured fairly seriously. It was Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon, a stuntwoman, and something went wrong with the timing on that shot. So, it was the stuntwoman, not a stuntman...i stand corrected!

  • you can see a video of his voice recording session in the game's official site.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Video link...


    Go to about 2:41 in this clip and you can see her hitting the pillar on the left.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Never cared for these flicks. Always felt like Zemeckis was humping a piano- ONE NOTE.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Hover boards rumor = to Brownies being real

    by GBH

    This rumor reminds me of another, but it was not just kids that told me this rumor, but my own step-mother... She saw a HBO making of Willow, and although I have not seen it, I can only guess, I think they pretended like the brownies from Willow were in fact real creatures and they interviewed them for the movie. My own step-mother thought this was somehow real and tried to convince me they were in fact real. Of course years later when I saw Kevin Pollak in The Usual Suspects I recognized him.... My how tall you've grown.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I Think I Was 15 When I Saw This

    by Aquatarkusman

    I got the sense they were milking the franchise hard (confirmed by the really dreadful third installment), but some of the Biff-heavy dystopian future was pretty daring and dark.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    #2 is way underrated.

    by Royston Lodge

    The future clothing looks very dated now, yes, but I've always thought #2 was underrated (and definitely better than #3). The way it plays in parallel to #1 was just brilliant. The only thing that bothers me is the introduction of Marty's "don't call me chicken" neurosis. It's out of place and doesn't fit with the character. Also, the sports book is ludicrously thin considering how many stats it supposedly contains.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I believe Nike did make a limited run of Marty's sneakers a few years ago.

  • ... At the time of principal photography of BTTF2, which was why she couldn't reprise her role.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Plot holes.

    by Royston Lodge

    Yes, they exist. No, they don't matter.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Screen door on a submarine, ya dork.

    by Essemtee

    The way Fox dryly delivered that comeback line was perfect. Someone earlier asked if alt-1985 Lorraine Tannen's... "things" were real, or prosthetics. When Lea Thompson was a guest on The Arsenio Hall show, she brought out the prosthetic rubber chest - nipples included - that she wore in BTTF II. If I'd recorded it at the time, kept the videotape, then transferred it from VHS to a media file, then uploaded it to YouTube, I would have. But now I'd need a time machine to do that, hehe. I do recall the Pepsi commercial where Fox builds a robot version of himself, who ends up stealing his Pepsi, and then his girlfriend. Then the Pizza Hut ad set in the future, where a waitress comments on some dining time travellers' retro-looking (present day looking) clothes.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Part II plot holes explainations

    by Kevin Bosch

    In BTTF movies, the space-time continuum has an internal logic it follows during episodes of time travel. The S-TC knows what is the most likely thing to occur, and follows that route. It can't foresee time traveller interference, but when it occurs, it tries to adjust for it, based again on the most likely scenario (like when a GPS recalculates after a wrong or missed turn.) So when Marty travels back to 1955, the S-TC does not immediately assume that he will ruin his parents meeting. And even when he does, the S-TC gives the benefit of the doubt that they will still get together, as there is still a large chance that this will happen ("Recalculating, make a u-turn to reach your destination"). But, as time goes by and events are getting closer to not occurring, the S-TC starts adjusting itself with that reality, like having Marty's siblings disappear in the picture. ("Your estimated time of arrival has changed.") Anyway, time travel into the future is a bit trickier. The first example we have is of Einstein the dog. Einie travels one minute into the future, and when he arrived there, there is no other Einie to meet him. Why? Because the S-TC knows there's no likely scenario where, after Einie's arrival, Doc would turn around and send him BACK one minute. And it was right, because Doc never did that. The most likely scenario was that Einstein traveled one minute into the future, and stayed there. Now, here comes Part II. When Doc takes Marty and Jennifer 30 years into the future, the most likely scenario is that they WILL eventually return to their present time and live out the rest of their life in the proper timeline. Doc had no intentions of leaving them in the future (or continuing to time hop with them) and neither did Marty or Jennifer. So thats the reality that Doc, Marty and Jennifer see in 2015. IF something had happened in 2015 to make it difficult or impossible for them to return, like the Delorean getting destroyed, then things would have started to change around them eventually, like they did in Part I (the picture), to adjust to the new most likely reality that 47 yo Marty and Jennifer and their family won't exist in 2015. (On the flip side, we never meet a 2015 version of Doc, because the S-TC assumes that Doc would not go back to 1985 to live out the rest of his life in the regular timeline, but instead continue travelling through time, and probably end up living in a different time period, which turned out to be true.) The BTTF Trilogy are very clever, well thought out films, and even though things get a little convoluted, theres a conscious effort to make sure things make some degree of sense and not just be lazy and convenient. But they are first and formost stories, and not really meant to be super dissected. The science-fiction element of BTTF is pretty sound, especially for a time travel movie, and it only drops sci-fi logic when it helps in the story telling (for example, there's no real reason images in a picture would fade out, but instead the print itself should start to disappear, since there's no reason that picture would have been taken in the first place, BUT it made for some really good visual storytelling, so its allowed.)

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I seem to remember them referring to the "ripple effect" in BTTF


    That's probably why Marty doesn't immediately disappear when he screws up his parents first meeting. His actions send out ripples through time that affect his older siblings first (As we see them begin to fade out before him since he's the youngest and therefore born furthest away from 1955). Maybe the reason Biff was able to return to the same 2015 he left was because the ripples hadn't caught up yet. Maybe 2015 was changing all around Marty and Doc as they load Jennifer into the DeLorean and set off (Isn't there a deleted scene where Biff fades out?).

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    2 and 3 Could Have...

    by Twisk

    ...been better if they'd had Crispin Glover™. How awesome would it have been if they had to actually go back and get Marty's Dad for some reason - Crispin friggin' rocks! Yes yes yes, I understand the whole story as to why Crispin was not included (and that he even sued 'em because they used footage of him without paying up, blah blah blah). Regardless, I will always feel that the sequels suffered without Crispin.

  • Marty : Doc, your not gonna believe this, but we have to go back to 1955! Doc: I don't believe it! Those guy's were just so darn lovable.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    One thing the 2015 segment *did* accurately predict...a wave of 80's nostalgia

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I wouldn't be surprised if there *were* a Cafe 80's somewhere.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    re original Jennifer.

    by saintsaucey

    Wells dropped out so they brought in jan from the office. She hadn't filmed anything before they decided Stolts wasn't the right fit for the role so they brought in J Fox and they decided she was too tall next to him so they brought back Wells who's sitcom didn't get picked up.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the pic I LOVE these films

    by moonlightdrive

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    by MrWug

    He would be missing for 30 years if he didn't return to the moment he left...which he does.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    @nasty in the pasty

    by MrWug

    He would be missing for 30 years if he didn't return to the moment he left...which he does.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by tao_pilot

    I've always adored the Back to the Future movies, but they are definitely riddled with time travel plotholes, even the first one, which didn't have a whole lot. What I've always wondered, is the Marty from timeline-B, the one that grew up with cool parents... he never heard the story of his parents meeting by George getting hit by a car. So how does this Marty figure out that he needs to hook his parents up?

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Good time travel story

    by tao_pilot

    Also, for a good time travel read with no real plotholes (none I could find anyway...), there's a book called TimeCraft. Hard to find, but pretty cheap on Kindle. Anyway, it has kind of a Back to the Future feel to it.

  • There are a number of possibilities: 1. Doc didn't want to do anything that might disrupt what's already happened. Remember, the car in the mine is part of the existing Marty's past. As the movies have shown repeatedly, it doesn't take much to effect lasting changes in the future (Marty's entire existence relied on his parents kissing at the dance). So Doc may not have wanted to mess with creating another paradox. 2. If memory serves, the Delorean was hidden behind a wall in the mine shaft. Presumably this was something he created by collapsing the ceiling. Mayhaps Doc didn't have the equipment in 1885 to tunnel to the car in enough time (they did have a tombstone deadline). 3. Maybe the tank was empty.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    one more simple reason they did not siphon gas

    by vin_diggler

    Doc probably drained the gas before storing the Delorian because he knew it would be sitting for so long that the gas would not be any good after so many years. Plus a few gallons of gas could come in handy when you are the new guy in town. You have something to impress the locals with.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    oh man

    by lucky slevin

    this made my day

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Lightsaber for Christmas - The Reality

    by DJGryph

    You guys have seen this, right?

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    How about a sequel where McFly has to go back again in 1955

    by KilliK

    and find his self from the first movie in order to warn him about something,but instead the McFly he meets is not him,but someone else who looks like him and he is played by the actor Eric Stoltz. Then after their initial surprise,both of them and the Doc are trying to find out what the fuck is going on. how about that?

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the link cotton_mcknight

    by vin_diggler

    It made me realize that BTTF is really a tragedy. In the end, Marty is stuck in a world that he did not grow up in. His family and friends are now complete strangers to him. He has no knowledge of his history anymore. What's worse is poor Marty II, he is stuck in time forever if not dead because he does not know that he needs to get his parents back together. The more I think about it, the more my head hurts.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    III Should have been II

    by Autodidact

    I have seen BTTF once in 1990 and still plan to never see it again. It's one of the best movies to ever bore the shit out of me. While it might not have been a better marketing/money-making strategy, from a storytelling and audience gut-level it would have worked better if BTTF2 was the third movie. BTTF2 is expansive, full of nifty concepts, and the plot is joyously elaborate and mind-bending. BTTF3 just feels un-exciting, constrained to a small scale and scope compared to the second, and it just feels like a self-referential wank entry of the series.

  • Have also ridden BTTF ride about fifty times including about ten times in a row once.

  • I really want to re-watch BTTF (good exucse to get ghose blu-rays) and check out if doc really loads extra plutonium into the DeLorean. Does that mean the whole stunt with the clock and the lightning could have been avoided? Still my favourite sequence in all of film, btw... Chris Lloyd hanging off the minute hand.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Doc never had a chance to load the Plutonium.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • ghfgfdg