Part II Minute 70 – Proof in Sports

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Geriatric Biff proves the legitimacy of the almanac by guessing the outcome of a UCLA game.

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3 thoughts on “Part II Minute 70 – Proof in Sports

  1. It’s a little thing, but both the mailman and Marty saying to Chopper (aka Sniff Tannen I LOVE THAT) “Sit, boy, sit.” could be a bit of a nod to the late Gary David Goldberg, whose production company logo was a photo of his dog Ubu, with his voice saying, “Sit, Ubu! Sit!”

    His autobiography: Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I Went from Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair

  2. The 1967 draft!

    The scene where Marty is trying to get the envelope from Biff’s door is so incredibly Back-to-the-Future-esque that just reading it made me excited. It feels like it was written for Michael J. Fox’s physicality; it suits the silly, jumpy thing he brings to Marty, and I wish I could have seen them have fun with that sequence. Although we do get a similar sequence when he is trying to nab the almanac from Strickland’s desk at the dance.

    I’d also like to mention that when Biff comes over to see what in the heck Marty’s doing on his stoop, he just opens the door, indicating that it was unlocked the whole time and Marty was fumbling with the mail slot for no reason. Of course.

    Also, after Marty put the almanac in the trash, he’s walking away seeing ads specifically concerning financial well-being and stuff he would want. He passes a record store advertising albums and live concert tickets for Janis Joplin, the Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. It’s implied that Marty would kill to see these musicians in concert.T Then he passes a bank with a smiley-face ad that reads, “Money CAN buy happiness!” So he decides to go back and retrieve the almanac.

  3. The way that this game just slotted so perfectly with Part 2 is something that you couldn’t actually write in a movie, because people would think that it was unbelievable.

    I still can’t believe that the original idea was going to have the DeLorean just dropping out of the sky in order to get to 88 mph. That would’ve been soooo awesome.

    I love how Biff is just like, “This is a bomb, isn’t it? HERE, TAKE IT BACK.” Just. Wut. It’s almost anti-climactic, but it’s so hilarious.

    And how bone-headed is Marty in this draft that he just throws the almanac away when Doc specifically told him to destroy it. Just. Why wouldn’t Marty just find a secluded spot and burn it? I know that he wants the almanac for himself, but Jesus. 🙁

    On the one hand, I like seeing the Peabody family is back in the 1967 draft, but on the other hand, I like that they were just a one-off in the first movie. The complications that were in Part 2 feel like they did a bit more for world-building than just revisiting the Peabody gag.

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