Back To The Future Part II Trailer (1989)

Back To The Future Part II Trailer (1989)

Towards the end of 1989 I had already witnessed the glory of Tim Burton’s vision of Batman as well as Spielberg’s epic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade…but then, and if I remember this correctly, on Entertainment Tonight one evening I learned that Back to the Future II was headed to theaters in November. I couldn’t believe it. Finally a sequel to one of my favorite movies from 1985…I wouldn’t be this excited for a sequel again until Tron: Legacy!

I remember talking to my friends at school the next day…what would the movie be about? Obviously it had to do with Marty and Jennifer’s kids, right? Like many times in my life I quickly came to the realization that my friends could never get as excited as I did over movies and they certainly hadn’t spent as much time thinking about the possibility of future stories as I had.

That is probably because while on Friday and Saturday nights they were going to the movies and on dates…while I stayed at home playing my NES and watching movies. Hm, I don’t think much has changed actually.

I couldn’t resist picking up the novelization of the movie when I saw it at a store in my neck of the woods, I tried to wait but I just had to have the answers. I wasn’t disappointed by what I read either and at the very least it prepared me for the “surprise” ending.

I vividly remember sitting in a packed theater watching the film and seeing all of these little watch lights shining, my fellow movie fans were realizing that either this was going to be a three hour movie or something wasn’t right with the story. Then the end of the movie came…quickly followed by the teaser for the third Back to the Future film. As the words “To Be Concluded…” were shown on the screen, half of the audience jeered while the other half clapped, but by the end of that teaser everyone was clapping. I wonder…if you were able to see it in the theater, how did your audience react?

A big thanks as always to the IMP Awards for that awesome poster image up top and to Cherokee Brave for uploading RetroJunk.Com’s trailer over on YouTube.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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  1. I love this movie but the audience I saw it with seemed to have the same reaction as yours. While I didn’t take a survey I think a lot people were let down by the heavier sci-fi elements of the movie and the fact that it had no ending.

  2. I was 12 at the time. My pops & I went to see this, I think at Sunrise Cinema in Valley Stream (before the metal detectors came in, never did see LL Cool J there). I was so happy to see a sequel to a film that me and every other kid on the school bus dreamed about.

    When the movie ended, a trailer began playing, which is something I never saw before; a trailer at the end of a film before the credits. Then I was floored to see that part 3 was going to be released! I couldn’t believe it! I had a hard time wrapping my head around that. Had no idea you could film two movies at the same time.

    Part 3 is my favorite, which is funny, because I am not big into westerns.

    The general sense from the audience was excitement, but I must admit, when the words, “To be concluded” popped up, I got depressed.

  3. man,
    i remember going to the theater to see this.
    i am sure we all heard the same rumor.
    the rumor, oh the rumor i say!

    “there really are hover boards!”
    “yeps, they have them in california.”
    “man i wish lived in califonia!”

    this may be a “southern” only rumor though.
    maybe? i dunno? possibly?

    never hear of this “rumor”?

    well then.
    i hear hover boards really do exist!
    they are only legal in california though.
    bummer huh.


  4. I was one of those who complained about the ending. I didn’t think it was fair to end on a cliffhanger like that. Now that I’ve seen the last Harry Potter and Twilight and Kill Bill split in half just to milk the moviegoers for all they’re worth, I’ve eased up a bit on BTTF 2.

    As for hoverboards,

  5. I also bought the novel early (*still have it), as I too simply could not wait to find out what was going to happen to Marty and Doc in the future :)

    When I saw BTTF II in the theater (*opening night, so it was a full house), the audience was silent as the BTTF III teaser came on the screen…but everyone began cheering and clapping at the sight of Marty in his Clint Eastwood garb and the DeLorean being pulled by horses.

    I remember talking about BTTF II at school the following Monday and most of my friends who’d seen it on the weekend were mildly disappointed because the future/2015 didn’t really play a big role in the film, and the western element for part III didn’t seem to impress them either. My only gripe about BTTF II is the lack of Crispin Glover and the obvious imitator they employed to fill his role.

    II is still my favorite of the three.

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