Clint plate

Clint reveals the cast iron plate.


Biff watches the movie while in the jacuzzi with two women.

"Marty had seen this movie before. A Fistful of Dollars, wasn't it? The bullets didn't do anything to Eastwood, because he was wearing some kind of armor. / The women on either side of Biff [in the hot tub] giggled when Clint showed off the metal hiding under his serape. / Clint wasted another four guys. He didn't even break a sweat."
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 129)
"Bulletproof vest! (laughs) Great flick! Great frickin' flick! The guy is brilliant!"
—Biff Tannen

A Fistful of Dollars is a 1964 Spaghetti Western movie starring Clint Eastwood as a gunman known as "the Man With No Name" and Gian Maria Volonté as bandit Ramòn Rojo in the Old West. It is the first film in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy.


On the morning of October 27, 1985A, Biff Tannen was watching the movie while soaking in a jacuzzi with two women. (Whether the movie was on videocassette or was a television screening is unclear.) The scene that Marty McFly watched before encountering Biff was of Clint Eastwood's character getting shot by Gian Maria Volonté's and then recovering after revealing he was wearing a "bulletproof vest" made out of a piece of cast iron. [1]

When Marty faced off with Buford Tannen on September 7, 1885, the scene became an inspiration for him when he bumped into an iron stove, knocking off the door. He would use it to survive the gunshot by Tannen and knock him cold with it (into a pile of manure). In addition, he did this while using the pseudonym "Clint Eastwood" and wearing similar clothes to those worn by the Man With No Name in A Fistful of Dollars.

Behind the scenes[]

  • A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari) is one of the best-known films to be produced in Italy, to the point that it, its sequel For a Few Dollars More and their prequel The Good, the Bad and the Ugly are considered the first Spaghetti Westerns of Cinema History, and have inspired a great number of works, both Western and non-Western.
  • Fans of both films have pointed out that the 30-second sequence shown in Part II is different from the shootout in the 1964 film. Most notably, the movie that Biff is watching has a closeup of Eastwood (as the Man with No Name), followed by Eastwood falling into barrels after Ramòn fires some shots, and a zooming in (with music) on a surprised Ramòn. In the 1964 film, there is no closeup of Eastwood as he is fired at, multiple times, by Ramòn, and even the accompanying music is different. One in-universe explanation would be that nine years after the timeline was skewed, 1964A is already noticeably different than 1964.



  1. This is a reference to the first movie where Dr. Emmett Brown is shot by the Libyans, but survives because he is wearing a bulletproof vest.

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