Back to the Future Part III

1990 PG 1h 58m DVD

Back to the Future Part III

1990 PG 1h 58m DVD
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The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty (Michael J. Fox) digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking up Doc (Christopher Lloyd) in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. More problems arise when Doc falls for pretty schoolteacher Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen), and Marty tangles with Buford Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson).
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Matt Clark, Richard Dysart, Pat Buttram, Harry Carey Jr., Dub Taylor, James Tolkan, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, Jeffrey Weissman, Christopher Wynne, Sean Sullivan, Mike Watson, Flea, J.J. Cohen
Robert Zemeckis
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy is, like its predecessors, a PG film with a tad more language than usual. But there's actually slightly less innuendo and a lot less bully-related violence in this one than in Part II. The coarsest language includes "bitch," "assh--e," and "s--t," with several insults and synonyms for "coward" thrown in on a more regular basis. Although there's romance, it's very chaste except for two kisses and one off-color reference to what a woman could do that's worth $80 to settle a debt. All of the violence involves guns and fists, and in one brief scene it looks like Marty is going to be hanged, but no one dies, and it's all kept rather comical, even when a huge group of horse-mounted Indians are riding with guns and arrows. Unlike in the first two movies, in this one Doc Brown learns love is even more important than his rules for time travel.

Sexual Content

A couple of kisses but mostly there's a lot of longing looks between Doc and his love interest. In one scene a man makes a reference about what a woman "could do worth $80," which a child may not understand but clearly alludes to sex. Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer also exchange a couple of heated kisses.


Violence is all Wild West-style: there are barroom brawls, a shoot-out at dawn (well, 8 AM) and other old West violence, none of it particularly nasty. The Biff ancestor is aggressive and likes to push Marty and his ancestor around -- shooting at Marty's feet. When he first arrives in the Wild West, Marty encounters a group of horse-mounted Indians riding toward him with guns and arrows. In one brief scene, Marty is shown with a rope around his neck, as if he's about to be hanged -- until he's saved.


Some stronger words than usually heard in PG movies: "bitch," "assh--e," and "s--t," as well as mild insults like "damn you to hell," "chicken," "yellow," "coward," "lily livered," "gutter trash," and more.

Social Behavior

One of the most important messages in this movie is letting go of words that rile you up -- not taking the bait when bullies try to demean you. It's good for kids to learn that words, although they hurt, don't need to catalyze you to do self-destructive things. Marty finally learns this lesson at the very end of the film. Doc's decision also shows that in the end he values love over all else.


Marty wears Nike sneakers, the discontinued sports car the DeLorean is of central importance.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

There's drinking in the town saloon that is shown a few times. Only men are shown with drinks in hand.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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