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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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Power, space, time and a visitor. See more »


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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver Farnsworth is named after Philo Taylor Farnsworth, one of the most important pioneers of television. As may be seen in the film, Thomas Newton has an obsession with television, which is how his people learned about Earth. See more »


When Newton lifts up the cookies in the desperate moment before the transformation, there were only twelve cookies on the plate, then, when they were shuffling in the air, it's easily possible to count at least sixteen of it. See more »


Nathan Bryce: Per ardua ad astra... That's Latin.
Thomas Jerome Newton: Latin?
Nathan Bryce: You must know that in England? The Royal Air Force, their motto.
Thomas Jerome Newton: Yes.
Nathan Bryce: Per ardua ad astra. Through difficulties to the stars.
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Bowie as prophet and martyr
26 April 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Several things about this film make it worth watching... beginning with the premise that Earth's abundant water is what makes it rare in the galaxy.

But more intriguing is how the alien visitor, landing with absolutely nothing but the clothes on his back and a gold wedding ring, and knowing absolutely nothing about Earth culture, "gets up to speed" with astonishing, ruthless, clear-sighted rapidity...within days raising the $10,000 he offers a patent attorney for one hour of the latter's time. In that hour, Bowie's character outlines three basic patents -- including two which we can recognize today as digital cameras and music.

A particularly fascinating scene has our newly rich and already bored alien watching about 20 TV sets at once, while holding a small, battery-powered propeller. Repeated viewings will reveal that the disparate programs (presumably actual images of television shows) occasionally "come together" to form coherent messages... at which time our hero spins the propeller.

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