- "Marty looked down at the pie plate still in his hands. He whipped it at Tannen with his best frisbee toss. And the plate sailed straight and true, right into Tannen's gun hand! / The gun went off. Buford's gang backed off as the bullet sailed through Doc's hat."
- —From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 128)
One of their pie tins — which were embossed FRISBIE'S PIES on the inside — turned up at the Hill Valley Festival on September 5, 1885, having presumably been brought to California in a bundle of household goods, where it was discovered by Marty McFly.
When Buford Tannen attempted to shoot Emmett Brown with a derringer, which Marshal James Strickland had missed, as Buford had hidden the small single-shot pistol in his hat, Marty saved Doc's life by throwing the empty pie tin in the style of a frisbee, deflecting Buford's aim and wasting his only shot — as well as possibly giving history regarding the invention of the plastic flying disc a push in the right direction at the same time.
Behind the scenes
- On page 128 of the novelization (see Quote above), a misprint resulted in the line Buford's gang backed off as the bullet sailed through Doc's hat reading 'Buford's gangs backed off' instead, which makes no sense in the context of the story. This error has been corrected here.
- Back to the Future Part III (Pie tin)
- Back to the Future Part III novelization (Pie tin)
- Back to the Future: The Game