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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Farnsworth
Jackson D. Kane ...
Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo ...
Linda Hutton ...
Hilary Holland ...
Adrienne Larussa ...
Lilybelle Crawford ...
Jewelery Store Owner
Richard Breeding ...
Albert Nelson ...
Peter Prouse ...
Peters' Associate


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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Release Date:

8 April 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$83,547 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mick Jagger was also considered for the part of the alien. See more »


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 »


Thomas Jerome Newton: Ask me...
Nathan Bryce: What?
Thomas Jerome Newton: The question you've been wanting to ask ever since we met.
Nathan Bryce: Are you Lithuanian?
Thomas Jerome Newton: [grins] I come from England.
Nathan Bryce: Ah, that's not so terrible.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Make the World Go Away
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Don't bother seeing this film unless it is the director's cut
23 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw "The Man Who Fell to Earth" when it was first released, and found it to be a jumbled mess. There were plot holes galore, and scenes that went nowhere or had no connection to anything.

A few years back, I saw the director's cut, and it was an entirely different film. The plot holes were filled and all the scenes fit together perfectly. As bad as the original release version was, the director's cut is great and worth seeing.

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