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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but love and greed of other men create complications.

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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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Sci-Fi | Drama

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8 April 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel  »

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

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$100,072 (USA)
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Although never mentioned in the film itself, we learn in the novel that Newton's home planet is called "Anthea". It is hinted that it may be Mars, but this is by no means certain. See more »

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During the last scene, as Newton talks to Bryce, the crew can be seen reflected in Newton's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jerome Newton: What is this music Farnsworth keeps sending me? I don't like it.
Mary-Lou: Some big named composer.
Thomas Jerome Newton: I don't want it. I want something with singing on it.
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Referenced in Fringe: Grey Matters (2009) See more »

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A Fool Such as I
Written by William M. Trader
Performed by Hank Snow
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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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