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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel  »

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

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$83,547 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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James Sallis, writing in the The Boston Globe, describes "The Man Who Fell To Earth" as a Christian parable, not only about the corruption of an innocent being, but as being highly critical of the 1950s conventionalism which Tevis grew up with, along with environmental destruction and the Cold War. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Newton walks through a long, saloon-like room while the camera pans back. A lamp at the upper right part of the screen moves, probably touched by the camera crew. See more »

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Mary-Lou: First, we'll have a drink. Then I'll have a bath. And tomorrow - we'll go to church. Lord, I love gin.
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Features Billy Budd (1962) See more »

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Fantastic, severely under-rated film
8 June 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely one of my favourites. First off, the acting is wonderful. David Bowie is awesome, I could not have imagined a better choice of actor. He plays his role to perfection and with just the right emotion. Candy Clark is also incredible in her role. Then comes the plot itself. Sure the plot is a little hard to follow but it is so brilliantly rendered and the cinematography is perfect. A very strong atmosphere and mood is created and the whole thing all together is just mind-blowing. Very original. Very artistic. Go see it if you haven't already.

I would also like to add that this cult science fiction film is however not for everyone. The way it was created and the way the scenes are shot resembles an experimental film. The style is also out of the ordinary and the plot may seem to be a little strange and confusing to some. Most people either love it or hate it.


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