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

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$83,547 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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In total, Candy Clark spent 96 and a half hours in the make-up chair during the extent of the film's shoot. See more »

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When Newton opens the cabinet mirror in the bathroom we can briefly see the reflection of a crew member. See more »

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Thomas Jerome Newton: We'd have probably done the same to you, if you'd come 'round our place.
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References Solaris (1972) See more »

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Make the World Go Away
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Bowie at his best
18 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An alien (David Bowie) comes to Earth to bring back glorious water to his ailing planet. Upon arriving he finds an attorney to show his numerous patents to, thus making him a very wealthy creature indeed and starts him on the way to getting the profit needed to build a return spaceship. Rip Torn is a aging college professor who is growing tired of teaching and banging his students, yearning for more.The path of these two will converge soon enough. Nicolas Roeg is a pretty challenging director practically daring the viewing to come to their on opinions on his style. Not really seeming to give a damn about the commercial aspects (or lack there of) of the movies that he makes. And although I found it much easier to form an opinion on this one than say "Walkabout" (which I'm still on the fence with to this day), I found it harder to decipher than his later "Insignificance", which stuck me quite quickly that it was..well...insignificant. Due to the superb performances of Rip Torn and Bowie (in the role of his life) I found myself liking this one more than not. It is equal parts compelling, engaging, frustrating, beautiful and difficult.

My Grade: B+

DVD Extras: Disc 2) the 24 minute documentary "Watching the Alien"; Poster and Stills gallery; Talent Bios for Nicolas Roeg and David Bowie; 2 TV Spots; 2 US and 1 International Theatrical trailers; and US and international teasers

DVD-ROM: the Original Screenplay in .PDF

Eye Candy: Candy Clark, Hillary Holland, Linda Hutton, Adrienna Larussa, and Claudia Jennings show everything; Linda Hutton only exposes breast as well as ass

For the Ladies: Rip Torn, David Bowie and Bernie Casey do too


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