Back to the Future III

This article explores Act three of the movie “Back to the Future 3.” Act three contains sequences 7 and 8. Act 3 is the act that most screenwriters find the most challenging, which is why it is crucial to understand its function. This example will help you better understand screenplay structure.

Act 3 Sequence 7

Marty hurries downtown, where Doc is preparing the wire to send the power from the lightning strike into the flux capacitor of the DeLorean. Marty composes a note explaining what happened on the night he went back into the past, but Doc tears it up without reading it. Before Marty can tell him about the incident, a limb falls and severs the power line to the clock. They could have used my friend over at for this job! Panic ensues, as the storm is approaching and they will only have one shot at this. Doc has to climb to the tower to reconnect the wire, so Marty is still unable to warn him about the future. As the clock ticks away, Marty is forced to pull the car to the starting line while Doc manages to reconnect the wire on the top of the clock tower. Then Marty realizes that he is in a time machine. The SEVENTH CRITICAL DECISION for Marty is that he will use the time machine to return to the future in time to warn Doc Brown so that he is not killed by the Libyan terrorists. He re-sets the time machine to arrive earlier than when he left. For a moment, the car does not start, but Marty manages to turn over the motor.

Act 3 Sequence 8

In reconnecting the wire, Doc pulls apart the connection on the ground. While Marty speeds down the street, Doc slides down the wire and reconnects it. When the lightning hits, Marty is propelled back to the future. Unfortunately for Marty, the DeLorean stops running when he returns to his time and he is still in downtown Hill Valley. He has to race to the mall to save Doc, but he is too late and watches the Libyans shoot Doc Brown again. Racing down to the scene after the Libyans crash into the photo booth, he discovers to his surprise that his friend is still alive. The Doc of the past actually taped the letter Marty wrote together and future Doc took precautions by wearing a bulletproof vest. Doc takes Marty home and goes back to the future. The next day, Marty awakes to find that his entire family has changed. His brother and sister are successful and his father and mother are hip, modern people who are very much in love. Also, George McFly has just received copies of his first book as an author and Biff has been reduced to a meek auto detailer. Marty even has his dream truck to take Jennifer on their weekend excursion. Then Doc reappears in the DeLorean. Marty and Jennifer have to return to the future with him to save their kids from harm. Only now, the time machine has hover capabilities they use as they blast back to the future.