In 1990, after the success of the first two opus, “Back to the Future 3” was born. The opportunity for Robert Zemeckis to conclude an emblematic trilogy of American cinema, but above all to pay a superb tribute to “Once upon a time in the West”.
Back to the future 3 : last lap
In 1985, Robert Zemeckis set to mark American entertainment cinema. Indeed, the director, accompanied by the duo of actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, give life to Back to the future. Despite sometimes mixed returns at the time, the feature film is quickly becoming a classic among classics. At the box office, the work brought in more than $ 381 million in revenue, for a budget of 19 million. Faced with this hallucinatory triumph, Universal Pictures decides to embark on the production of two sequels.
In 1989, Back to the future 2 is born, and brings in more than 332 millions of dollars in revenue. But the shooting of the film is quite trying for Robert Zemeckis. Indeed, Back to the future 2 and 3 are thought of as a single film, and are shot at the same time. A grueling exercise for the filmmaker, forced to turn Back to the future 3 during the day, and to mount the previous section at night. In the end, everything ended well since Back to the future 3 reported more than $ 245 million in revenue, and the trilogy has become immensely cult!
The tribute to Sergio Leone
For the few people who haven’t seen yet Back to the future 3 in the back of the room, this new opus brings the two protagonists back to the days of the Wild West, in the 1880s. A dangerous time, during which Marty has only five days to find Doc and bring him back alive in the present.
Obviously, since the film takes place in the days of the Wild West, Robert Zemeckis didn’t hesitate to pay tribute to some iconic westerns. Obviously, several winks are addressed to Clint Eastwood. Already, Michael J Fox takes the pseudonym of the actor during his crossing of the Wild West. But in a more subtle way, during his duel with Tannen, Marty hides a cast iron plate under his poncho for protection. This is a reference to For a handful of dollars, where Clint Eastwood uses the same process.
But the best wink concerns the immense classic of Sergio Leone: Once upon a Time in the West. Indeed, Robert Zemeckis has chosen the iconic film of the Italian director to mark the arrival at Marty station in the Wild West. The filmmaker modeled his scene on that of Once upon a Time in the West. Thus, the sequence resumes the entry into Flagstone station of Claudia Cardinale, a way for Zemeckis to pay homage to the undisputed master of the western: