Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Back to the Future Part III. The conclusion of the trilogy, the film follows Marty McFly as he travels back to the Old West in order to save his friend and mentor Doc Brown from getting shot, only for Doc to fall in love with a woman who's supposed to die.
The original film was intended as a standalone feature, with the supposed cliffhanger ending not meant as a teaser for more. The success of the original led to the production of two more films that were filmed back to back comprising a trilogy. The Old West setting came from an idea star Michael J. Fox had about where he wanted the characters to visit. The film was released just six months after the second.
The film was a hit with critics and fans. Critics praised the film for bringing a satisfying conclusion to the story. They also noted how it restored quality to the series after the second felt more like a bridging story with no beginning nor ending. It was the sixth highest grossing film of the year. The film won a Saturn Award for Best Music.
The film features the talents of Thomas F. Wilson returning as Biff Tannen as well as his own grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Wilson won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role.