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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Drama  |  26 May 1976 (Netherlands)
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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return ... See full summary »

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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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26 May 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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$3,343 (USA) (15 July 2011)

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$83,547 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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First of two filmed versions of "The Man Who Fell To Earth" novel by Walter Tevis. This movie was made and released about eleven years before the remake, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987), which was made for television. See more »

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During the first sex scene between Nathan Bryce and his student, her bra keeps changing from partially off to on to completely off to on again. See more »

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Thomas Jerome Newton: The strange thing about television is that it doesn't *tell* you everything. It *shows* you everything about life for nothing, but the true mysteries remain. Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.
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Bowie At His Best
7 April 2004 | by (Borlänge, Sweden) – See all my reviews

So, you thought Alan Yentob's "Cracked Actor" or perhaps D.A. Pennebaker's "Ziggy Stardust: Motion Picture" was the perfect pictorial rendering of David Bowie and his life in the '70s?

Oh no!

It's in this, Nicolas Roeg's 1976 master-piece, the real Bowie reveals himself. The rock star's perfect in his interpretation of Thomas Jerome Newton, alien castaway turned resigned and bored capitalist super-star. Mainly because this was were Bowie were at in the mid-'70s. It's not acting. It's Bowie's mere presence. He was an earthling just as alien as his character.

"The Man Who Sold The World" is a rather depressing, and strange, tale of a man who comes to our planet to raise money to help his own world dying from drought. All he really want is to get home to his wife and kids on that doomed planet. But instead he falls for the mortal sins (sex, drugs, music, television).

The film's beautiful, sad, scary and somewhat pretentious. It's sci-fi when it's human.


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