Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

Synopsis of Movie

“No! It can't be! I just sent you back to the future!”

The first Back to the Future film ended with a sequel-ready finale, perhaps a show of writer/director Robert Zemeckis’ optimism. As it turned out, that optimism was well-placed, as Back to the Future became the biggest hit of 1985. The subsequent home video release included a “To Be Continued” tag, and in 1989, it was.

Back to the Future Part II begins where the first film left off, with Doc Brown having returned from the year 2015 to tell Marty McFly and girlfriend Jennifer Parker that their future children are in jeopardy. The three load up in the time-traveling DeLorean (which now flies with garbage-fueled fusion power) and take off for Hill Valley, 2015. In the future, Marty and Jennifer’s son Marty Jr. is about to be implicated in a crime that would bring disgrace to the McFly name. Taking his son’s identity, Marty Sr. turns the tables on the bullying Griff (Biff’s grandson) and his gang, then makes his escape on a skateboard-like hoverboard.

Problem fixed, Marty decides to make his time trip profitable by purchasing an old sports almanac, giving him sure bets for his 1985 self. Doc spots the cheat and tosses the almanac out, warning Marty not to mess with the space-time continuum. Unfortunately, an aging Biff has overheard the scheme, and while Marty and Doc are distracted, Biff steals the DeLorean for a quick trip back to 1955.

Marty, Doc and Jennifer return to 1985, but Hill Valley has been reshaped by the now-gazillionaire Biff, turning the once-pleasant town into a scummy gambling metropolis. In order to set things right, Marty and the Doc have to travel back to 1955 and get the almanac back from teen Biff, all the while being careful not to interfere with the events of the first film.

It was fast, frenetic, and for some, hard to follow, but Back to the Future Part II was another blockbuster hit for the budding franchise. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson all returned from the first film, taking on even more roles in the sequel (Fox even played his future daughter, Marlene).

The film ended with a cliffhanger, promising yet another installment less than a year later. The two sequels were actually filmed back-to-back, a show of confidence from Zemeckis and Amblin Entertainment executives Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Their bet paid off, resulting in one of the post profitable trilogies in the history of movies.

Movie Release History

1985 - Back to the Future
1989 - Back to the Future Part II
1990 - Back to the Future Part III

Movie Sub Categories

live-action
sci-fi/fantasy
action/adventure
comedy

Movie Studio

Universal, Amblin

Cast

Marty McFly Michael J. Fox
Marty McFly Jr.* Michael J. Fox
Marlene McFly Michael J. Fox
Dr. Emmett L. "Doc" Brown Christopher Lloyd
Lorraine Baines McFly-Tannen Lea Thompson
Biff Tannen Thomas F. Wilson
Griff Thomas F. Wilson
Jennifer Parker Elisabeth Shue
Strickland James Tolkan
George McFly Jeffrey Weissman
3-D Casey Siemaszko
Match Billy Zane
Skinhead Jeffrey Jay Cohen
Terry  Charles Fleischer
Michael Jackson Video Waiter E. Casanova Evans
Ronald Reagan Video Waiter Jay Koch
Ayatollah Khomeini Video Waiter Charles Gherardi
Data Ricky Dean Logan
Spike Darlene Vogel
Whitey Jason Scott Lee
Goldie Wilson Donald Fullilove
Video Game Boy (Mickey) Elijah Wood
Video Game Boy John Thornton
Hoverboard Girl Theo Schwartz
Hoverboard Girl Lindsey Barry
'Blast From the Past' Saleswoman Judy Ovitz
Officer Foley Stephanie E. Wilson
Cab Driver Marty Levy
Needles Flea
Fujitsu James Ishida
Loretta Nikki Birdsong
Dad Al White
Mom Junior Fann
Harold Shaun Hunter
Red Buck Flower
Museum Narrator (voice) Neil Ross
Jacuzzi Girl Tamara Carrera
Jacuzzi Girl Traci Dali
Baseball Kid Jennifer Brown
Baseball Kid Irina Cashen
Baseball Kid  Angela Greenblatt
Baseball Kid Cameron Moore
Baseball Kid Justin Mosley Spink
Babs Lisa Freeman
Radio Sportscaster John Erwin
Marvin Berry Harry Waters Jr.
Starlighters David Harold Brown
Starlighters Tommy Thomas
Starlighters Lloyd L. Tolbert
Starlighters Granville 'Danny' Young
CPR Kid Wesley Mann
Western Union Man Joe Flaherty

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