Back to the Future Part II

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Back to the Future II is far more uneven than its predecessor, but its madcap highs outweigh the occasionally cluttered machinations of an overstuffed plot.



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Things have barely settled from the excitement and resolve of the original Back to the Future, when in pops that crazy inventor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) with news that in order to prevent a series of events that could ruin the McFly name for posterity, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) and his girlfriend are whisked into the future to the year 2015, where Marty must tangle with a teen rogue named Griff, who's obviously the descendant of Biff, the first Future film's bully. Marty foils Griff and his group when he jumps on an air-foil skateboard that flies him through town at rakish speeds with the loser bullies beaten again. Marty gets a money-making brainstorm before hopping in the time-traveling DeLorean, and he purchases a sports almanac. He figures that back in 1985 he'll be able to place sure-fire bets using the published sports scores of the games that are yet to happen. Unfortunately for Marty, Dr. Brown disapproves of his betting scheme -- he feels too much messing with time is very dangerous -- and he tosses the almanac. A hidden Biff overhears the discussion about the almanac, sees it get tossed out, and grabs it. Thus begins a time-traveling swirl to make the head spin. Biff swipes the DeLorean, heads back to 1955, and with the help of the unerring almanac, bets his way to power. The now-altered "Biff world" has turned into a nightmarish scene with Biff the mogul, residing in a Vegas-styled pleasure palace and running everything. It's all our hero Marty can do to pull the pieces together this time, as he must jump between three generations of intertwined time travel. The end of Back to the Future, Part 2 introduces its sequel as the zany professor has already time-dashed away to the Wild West of the late 1800s and invites Marty into a new adventure. ~ Rovi

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Michael J. Fox
as Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd
as Dr. Emmett Brown
Lea Thompson
as Lorraine
Thomas F. Wilson
as Biff Tannen/Griff Tannen
Joe Flaherty
as Western Union Man
Harry Waters Jr.
as Marvin Berry
James Tolkan
as Strickland
as Needles
Jeffrey Weissman
as George McFly
J.J. Cohen
as Skinhead
Casanova E. Evans
as Michael Jackson
Jay Koch
as Ronald Reagan
Charles F. Fitzsimmons
as Biff Photo Double
Charles Gherardi
as Ayatollah Khomeini
Lloyd L. Tolbert
as Starlighter [1955]
Judy Ovitz
as Anitque Store Saleswoman
Stephanie E. Williams
as Officer Foley
Marty Levy
as Cab Driver
Jim Ishida
as Fujitsu
Rick Logan
as Data [2015]
Elijah Wood
as Video Game Boy, Mickey
John Thornton
as Video Game Boy
Theo Schwartz
as Hoverboard Girl
Neil Ross
as Museum Narrator
Lindsey Barry
as Hoverboard Girl
John Erwin
as Radio Sportscaster
Wesley Mann
as CPR Kid
as Einstein
Kevin Holloway
as Marty Photo Double
Charles F. Fitzsimons
as Biff Photo Double
Crispin Glover
as George McFly in footage from BACK TO THE FUTURE
Tamara Carrera
as Jacuzzi Girl
Tracy D'Aldia
as Jacuzzi Girl
Irina Cashen
as Baseball Kid
Angela Greenblatt
as Baseball Kid
Cameron Moore
as Baseball Kid
Justin Mosley Spink
as Baseball Kid
David Harold Brown
as Starlighter
Tommy Lee Thomas
as Starlighter
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  • Jun 20, 2016
    The second film picks right up where the first one leaves off. There is trouble in the future that Doc Brown and Marty have to correct. This time they take Marty's girlfriend with them. This one has an interesting intermingling of storylines/timelines as they travel to the future then to the past. Still a great film despite losing only just a little of what the first film had.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2015
    "Back To The Future: Part II" is a good sequel to 1985's "Back To The Future". The acting is good mainly from "Michael J. Fox" and "Christopher Lloyd". "Back To The Future: Part II" has an okay plot to it. The antagonist in this film "Biff" portrayed by "Thomas F. Wilson" he is just a aggravating guy, in the middle you just want him to die. In the end does he get justice? NO, not really. This is what annoyed me in the movie. The special effects in this movie are okay, nothing mind blowing. Music in this movie is good some parts are thrilling, mainly towards the end of the movie. If you like the original "Back To The Future" I suggest watching this film, it's still a good movie. And I give "Back To The Future: Part II" a 6.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2015
    An absolutely superb movie and my favourite of the series. Another timeless cinema classic.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2015
    I thought it would be almost exactly like the first, and thank the heavens it wasn't. Though a sequel to an already creative and inventive film, it managed to offer new stuff. Kudos.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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