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When Marty goes for 2nd gear at the beginning of Back to the Future, he accidentally turns on the time circuits in the DeLorean for the first time, then switches it off again when he goes into 3rd.

When he says "Lets see if you guys can do 90" and goes for 4th, he turns them on again, looks at the display and notes the dates are entered. At that moment he seems convinced if he gets to 90 (88mph) he'll jump, thus he's driving straight at the photo/toll booth in the middle of the car park.

So, did Marty make the jump deliberately?

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    Just curious: In the script and my copy of the movie he says "Let's see if you bastards can do 90". Did you replace that with guys or do we have different versions? – pipe Jan 12 '20 at 23:24
  • I have heard that too. TV version tends to be cut DVD version could be either possibly region dependent . – AndyF Jan 13 '20 at 1:10
  • No. I just didn't write "bastards". – Spannerz Jan 16 '20 at 17:26
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When he says "Lets see if you guys can do 90" and goes for 4th, he turns them on again, looks at the display and notes the dates are entered.

Nothing in the script indicates this, though it is not ruled out.

In the script it just says "Gauges and indicators light up behind Marty*s head, just as they did before Einstein traveled through time", not that he sees them. Watching the movie, it looks to me as if he keeps a close watch at the car's original speedometer and is oblivious to the time display or the extra speedometer fitted by Dr. Brown.

I agree that it looks as if he is driving straight at the toll booth, but he is also startled and blinded by the bright sparks and flashes, possibly causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

Since jumping through time does not require driving through an object, someone wanting to execute the jump but is not 100% sure it works would probably not aim deliberately for an object in case of failure. To me it looks like he was about to avoid the booth and hope that the following van did not have as good handling as a DeLorean.

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  • Disclaimer: I have no idea how reliable the scripts from IMSDb are, and no one else does either. If you think I'm wrong about that, please write an answer to this old meta question! – pipe Jan 12 '20 at 23:04
  • I see its 3years old. I hope that guy didn't submit that script. – Spannerz Jan 16 '20 at 17:33

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