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Crispin Glover on how he'd preferred Back to the Future to have ended — Page 2

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Leonardo said:

Warbler said:

Nobody was thinking sequel when the original film wrapped.

 they weren't?  did you see the same ending to first movie that I did??

They actually weren't, the movie was supposed to be a self contained story. If you're referring to the "To be continued..." title card, that was added in the vhs release, it wasn't in the theatrical release.

 even without the "To Be continued...",  It still seems ripe for a sequel to me.  The movie ended with them going into the future and the Doc saying "somethings got to be done about your kids!"   The ending never says what needs to be done about the kids, it never says they succeeded in doing whatever needed to be done about the kids.  It just ends with them time traveling into the future.  Sure seems like a setup for a sequel to me.

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If a sequel was to BTTF was seriously being considered during production, everyone would have been contracted for at least one more film at the time. They certainly wouldn't gamble losing Michael J Fox to some other project. He was shooting BTTF and Family Ties concurrently as it was, and his star was rising.

Other films have more blatantly promised a sequel, and we're still waiting. ;)

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Warbler said:

even without the "To Be continued...",  It still seems ripe for a sequel to me.  The movie ended with them going into the future and the Doc saying "somethings got to be done about your kids!"   The ending never says what needs to be done about the kids, it never says they succeeded in doing whatever needed to be done about the kids.  It just ends with them time traveling into the future.  Sure seems like a setup for a sequel to me.

The ending was meant as a joke, not to establish the possibility of a sequel. IIRC this is confirmed by Bob Gale and Niel Canton on the 2nd audio commentary track on my 25th anniversary Region 1 DVD. The pair explain that if a sequel had been in mind during the production of the first film, Claudia Wells would not have been in the Delorean at the end with Fox and Lloyd and this is why Elizabeth Shue spends most of Part II and III "asleep."

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DuracellEnergizer said:

And let's not forget Masters of the Universe.

 true, and I am still waiting for Airplane III. 

Ok, perhaps they were not planning for a sequel.

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Are you saying you don't enjoy seeing Dolph Lundgren run around in a brown speedo while in the company of a syphilitic dwarf?

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You know if Back to the Future really had a materialistic message, why did they still live in the same house at the end?

I mean George is a successful science fiction writer. From a time travel perspective, it would have been believable if Marty had tried to go back to his own house, only to find out somebody else lived there and his parents lived in a much richer neighborhood.

That's kinda what happened in part 2 but obviously for the sake of movie logic and ease of wrapping up the story, they just keep the McFly's in the same house. Which is believable too. I just think Glover was reading way too much into how the end of part 1 glorified materialism. It shows that George is more successful because of his self confidence.

EDIT: I mean, do we actually know George McFly specifically makes more money as an author than he did at his previous job? Self employed authors/writers are kind of a hit and miss profession. The fact that Biff is not his boss and he is a writer is simply a better fit for George McFly, career wise. Regardless of how well either one paid.

Take back the trilogy. Execute Order '77

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Knightmessenger said:

I mean, do we actually know George McFly specifically makes more money as an author than he did at his previous job? Self employed authors/writers are kind of a hit and miss profession.

That's a great point actually. Today, being a self employed writer might bring you some moolah because of the internet, some people actually make a decent living. But in 1985? I hadn't thought of this.

The fact that Biff is not his boss and he is a writer is simply a better fit for George McFly, career wise. Regardless of how well either one paid.

Right!

Materialism my arse.