Below are a smattering of scenes or drafts of things from the BTTF trilogy that were, for one reason or another, cut from the finished film. I've found these pictures in a number of odd little places -- some wedged into photo collages from Japanese Photo Books, some on collector's cards, some in books I own. This is not a list of all cut scenes, and the forthcoming DVD will no doubt contain most of these things -- and more -- in their full length sequences. At which point this page will probably become terribly antiquated, but oh well....

As most BTTF fans know, Eric Stoltz was cast in the role of Marty McFly for 6 weeks of filming before Bob Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg deemed him "too intense" for the role and let him go. They were then able to get Michael J. Fox, their first choice for Marty, who had at first been unable to play the role, due to a schedualing conflict with his TV series "Family Ties." Thankfully, his boss Gary David Goldberg allowed him to juggle the two projects, and the rest is history! For a while, this picture was one of the ones in existence of Stoltz as Marty McFly. Today, you can find many more -- in full color, no less -- here, at the Media Gallery of BTTF.COM.

Interesting Note: The costume that Eric Stoltz is wearing was described as Marty's 1985 outfit in the novelization of Back to the Future by George Gipe. A T-shirt with a U.S. Patent Office facsimile on it [of a guitar], and green [Converse] shoes.

As seen in the video "The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy," there was a scene filmed for Back to the Future where the 1955 Doc Brown inspected the contents of the suitcase that his future self packed while Marty was setting up the video camera. In the suitcase he found lots of cotton underwear, a 'Playboy' magazine, and a hairdryer, which he is holding up right here. The scene was reportedly cut for time reasons, even though it's hilarious in my opinion!
This is one of many posters that was created by artist Drew Struzan for the first film. They can all be seen on the main page, at the top. For you nitpicky people out there (and I am one of them) the captions on all four posters follow.
  • The one on the far left (which is the same as this one) reads: "Meet Marty McFly. He's broken the time barrier. Busted his parents' first date. And, maybe, botched his chances of ever being born."
  • For the one on the far right: "Marty McFly's having the time of his life. The only question is -- what time is it?" (For the record, this poster draft is my favorite of the four).
  • Second from left: "17-year-old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early."
  • Second from right: "Marty McFly just broke the time barrier. He's only got one week to get it fixed."

As far as I know, there were at least six different drafts of the first film's movie poster made before the final was hit upon. Anyway, I've only seen six different drafts. There are most likely more than that. I don't know of any drafts with Part II, but Part III has several that can be seen on artist Drew Struzan's website:

This scene, where Jennifer is watching 47-year-old Marty McFly straighten his tie before his conversation with Needles, was in all probability filmed and cut for time reasons. The scene is in is in the novelization of the film, by Craig Shaw Gardner.
Another scene from Back to the Future Part II, also in the novelization of the film but cut from the movie. In this scene, Marty runs into his 22-year-old brother Dave in the "Biffhorific 1985" outside of the "Pleasure Paradise." In this world, Dave has become an alcoholic bum and in the course of the conversation between himself and a confused Marty, it is revealed that the drinking age in this world is now 14!

This is one of the rare scenes I could find for Back to the Future Part III that had been cut. At first glance it may appear to be just a regular old picture from when Doc and Marty were retrieving the DeLorean from the Delgado mine--but look closer. Doc never messed with the tires in that scene! However, this part is in the novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner. Here's a description of what is happening in this picture, from the novel: "Doc leaned close to the car. The metal seemed unharmed by the car's long stay underground, but when he touched a tire, the rubber cracked beneath his fingers, flaking off and crumbling into dust." And they say car tires don't rot for 500 years!
This scene is in the book, and was obviously filmed. Wonder why it was cut from the finished film? Anyway, in the scene, right before Marty backs the DeLorean up, Doc offers him his Colt gun: "You're sure you don't want to take this?" Marty shakes his head: "No, thanks. I don't know how to use it anyway." Apparently, Doc does, as he uses it to start Marty's rush to 1885....
This is a common picture from Back to the Future Part III, but observant viewers like myself may notice's not in the film! This scene was in the book, again, though, and occurs right after the one above. After Marty backs the DeLorean up in preparation for his run, Doc stops him with a knock on the window. Marty opens up and Doc tells him that if he couldn't stop his 1885 death, then to get the "son of a bitch" who killed him. Marty smiled and promised him he wouldn't fail.