The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy
Directed by Peyton Reed
Produced by Michael Doqui, George Zaloom, Les Mayfield
Written by Peyton Reed
Starring Kirk Cameron (host)
Music by Alan Silvestri
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 12, 1990
Running time 20 mins.

The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy was a behind-the-scenes television show hosted by Kirk Cameron.


Kirk Cameron The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy

Kirk Cameron stands next to the gull-wing driver's door of the DeLorean time machine as he opens the show.

The show opens with Kirk Cameron arriving in an Old West town (possibly the set of the 1885 Hill Valley) in the DeLorean time machine.

After introducing himself and welcoming the viewers to the show, Cameron goes on to answer several questions — two of which are shown to be delivered to him personally by a telegraph operator (Kenneth Scherr) and a Pony Express rider (Ray Saniger) — that Back to the Future fans have sent in by letter.

Three deleted scenes — which are used by Cameron to illustrate his answers to two of the questions — are shown. These are (in order of appearance):

(This scene was used to answer a question asking whether the inclusion of the modern day hair dryer in the "Darth Vader" scene was a mistake.)
(This scene was used to answer a question about the space-time continuum as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy, to show what happened to the school as a result of history being changed.)
  • Old Biff fading out of existence in 2015.
(This scene was also used to answer the aforementioned question about the space-time continuum. Cameron voices the theory that Biff may have been shot by his 1985A wife Lorraine "sometime in the mid 1990s.")

The final question asked in the show — quoted by a young cowboy (Jason Michael Adelman) — is if there will be a Back to the Future Part IV, which Cameron deems unlikely, but he does mention the upcoming (at the time) Back to the Future: The Ride, opening at Universal Studios in November 1990. On hearing this, the Old West townsfolk — who have been Cameron's audience throughout — all cheer.

After telling the viewers "I'm Kirk Cameron. Thanks again for joining me, and remember: the future is what you make of it," Cameron departs in the DeLorean, watched by the townsfolk.

Behind the scenes

  • The following captions appear after the copyright notice in the show's closing credits (original on-screen text):
  • "Back to the Future Part III" now playing at a theater near you.
  • "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future Part II" both available on videocassette
  • The show's closing credits are rolled over an image of Doc and Marty's clock photograph from Back to the Future Part III.
  • Although Kirk Cameron mentions towards the end of the show that Back to the Future: The Ride will be opening at Universal Studios in November 1990, in the event the opening was somewhat delayed. The ride eventually opened at Universal Studios Florida on May 2, 1991; at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 12, 1993; and at Universal Studios Japan on March 31, 2001.


The show was released onto videocassette in 1990 and as a bonus feature on the disc for Back to the Future Part III in the 2002 release of the Back to the Future trilogy. It is also available in the 2010 Blu-ray trilogy.


  • Host — Kirk Cameron (not credited on-screen)
  • Written and Directed by — Peyton Reed
  • Produced by — Michael Doqui, George Zaloom, Les Mayfield
  • Associate Producer — Greg Czech
  • Executive Producers — Bob Gale, Frank Marshall, Roger Armstrong
  • Production Manager — Leslie Jett
  • Production Coordinator — Catherine Meyers
  • Post Production Supervisor — Daniel Gillett
  • Music Editor — David Palmer
  • Re-recording Mixer — Mike Perricone
  • Film Clip Research — Marie Snyder
  • Feature Score by — Alan Silvestri

Host Segment:

  • Line Producer — Jean Michel Michenaud
  • Director of Photography — Jamie Thompson
  • Production Designer — Bryan Jones
  • Costumer — Jamie Burrows
  • Telegraph operator — Kenneth Scherr
  • Pony Express rider — Ray Saniger
  • L'il cowboy — Jason Michael Adelman

Behind the scenes footage:

  • BTF II Segment Director — Mark Cowen
  • BTF III Segment Director — Peyton Reed
  • Director of Photography — Shawn Maurer
  • Sound Mixer — Richard Mortillaro
  • Special Thanks to — Mary Radford, Mary Ann Desimore
  • "Doubleback" Written and Performed by — ZZ Top / Available on Warner Bros. Records
  • Produced by — ZM Productions, Inc.
  • Universal City Studios Inc. & Amblin Entertainment Inc. Copyright © 1990

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