Back to the Future Part II (1989)

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In this second part to the epic Back To The Future trilogy, Doc, Marty, and Jennifer time-travel to the future to save Marty and Jennifer’s kids. In the year 2015, Marty must impersonate his son in order to prevent him from engaging in a criminal act with Biff’s grandson, Griff. However, old Biff learns of the time machine and travels back in time to deliver a sports almanac to his younger self, effectively changing the future for everyone. Now, Doc and Marty must return to 1955 to prevent Biff from using the book, while also avoiding disturbing the events of the future film.

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‘Back to the Future Part II’ Movie Summary

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Back to the Future Part II (1989)Picking up right after the events of the first Back To The Future, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) has returned to October 26, 1985 from the future. Doc takes Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend Jennifer (Elizabeth Shue) in his time traveling DeLorean back to October 21, 2015 to save their future children. As they depart, 1985’s Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) witnesses the DeLorean disappear into the future. Once in the future, Doc knocks out Jennifer so that she does not see too much of the future. Doc and Marty leave Jennifer in an alley until they finish their mission. Doc explains that Marty needs to pose as his own son, Marty Jr. (Michael J. Fox), to refuse an offer to participate in a robbery with Biff’s grandson Griff (Thomas F. Wilson). If Marty is successful, he will save his son from a lengthy prison sentence.

Marty meets with Griff in an 80’s nostalgia café. He refuses Griff’s offer, but Griff goads Marty into a fight. To escape the wrath of Griff and his gang, Marty leads them on a hoverboard chase through the town square, much like Marty did with Biff in 1955. Griff and his gang eventually crash into the large glass window of the town hall and are arrested. Marty’s future children saved; Marty waits to be picked up by Doc in the DeLorean. While waiting, Marty purchases an almanac containing the results of every major sporting event from 1950 to 2000. Marty intends to become rich off making bets. Doc discovers the book and warns against profiting from time travel. Doc throws the book away, but the entire conversation is overheard by old Biff, who realizes that he can change his past.

Unfortunately, Jennifer is picked up by police in the alley who believe that she has over tranquilized herself. They take 1985’s Jennifer to her future home with Marty. Once there, Jennifer sees her future children, Marty Jr. and Marlene (Michael J. Fox), as well as the elder Marty (Michael J. Fox), who still cannot stand being called a chicken and ends up being fired from his job. Jennifer overhears enough conversation to become aware that her future with Marty did not work out as they had planned when they were younger. Jennifer eventually encounters her future self and faints. Fortunately, Doc and Marty are there to remove Jennifer from the house. While Doc and Marty are away from the DeLorean, old Biff takes the time machine back to 1955 and delivers the almanac to his young teenage self. Old Biff then returns to 2015 and leaves the DeLorean exactly where he stole it from, preventing Doc and Marty from even knowing of its theft.

Marty, Doc, and the unconscious Jennifer return to 1985. Doc and Marty leave Jennifer on a swing on her porch which Doc theorizes will cause her to believe that everything she saw in the future was merely a dream. Marty and Doc return to their homes, with Doc vowing to dismantle the time machine. However, Marty and Doc quickly find that the 1985 they have returned to is not there 1985. In this 1985, Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) runs a chaotic dystopia where he won a fortune betting on sports events when he was younger. Marty also discovers that his father George McFly (Crispin Glover) was murdered when he was younger, and his mother, Lorraine McFly (Lea Thompson), went through massive plastic surgery and remarried Biff. Doc discovers that he was committed to a mental hospital in this timeline. Doc deduces that the 2015 Biff took the time machine and gave himself the almanac somewhere in the past. Marty confronts the dystopian Biff about the book, who confesses to receiving the book on November 12, 1955, the same date as the famous lighting strike of the clock tower and the night Marty returned to the future. Biff tries to shoot and kill Marty, having been warned by his future self that someone may come looking for the book. Marty escapes and rejoins Doc. The pair then travels to 1955 to reacquire the almanac.

Once back in 1955, Marty and Doc must take special precautions to not run into their other selves. Marty follows the 1955 Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) until he encounters his 2015 self. Once young Biff has the book, Marty follows him to the school dance and takes precautions to avoid interrupting the events from the previous film. Eventually, Marty acquires the almanac by stealing it from Biff’s car with the assistance of the hoverboard. When Biff tries to run down Marty with his car, Doc lifts Marty to safety with the flying DeLorean. Biff crashes into a manure truck…again. Doc lowers Marty to the ground a safe distance away. He orders Marty to burn the book while he hovers in the sky during a lighting storm. When Marty burns the almanac, their 1985 timeline is restored. Unfortunately, the DeLorean is struck by lighting and disappears. Marty believes that Doc and the time machine have been destroyed until he receives a letter from a Western Union courier (Joe Flaherty) that is signed by Doc. The letter explains that Doc was transported back to 1885 by the lighting strike and that he is alive and well.

Marty races back to Hill Valley to find the 1955 Doc, who has just helped Marty return to 1985 as depicted at the end of the first film. Doc is shocked by Marty’s reappearance and faints. The words to be continued show up on the screen with some advance scenes for Back To The Future Part III.

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Universal Pictures released Back to the Future Part II on November 22, 1989. Robert Zemeckis directed the film starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson.

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