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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Drama  |  26 May 1976 (Netherlands)
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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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Director Nicolas Roeg cast David Bowie after seeing Bowie in the 1975 documentary "Cracked Actor" [See: Omnibus: Cracked Actor (1975)]. According to Roeg, the singer turned actor threw himself into the film, was always on time and delivered a performance that everyone was very happy with including Bowie himself. See more »

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During the first sex scene between Nathan Bryce and his student, her bra keeps changing from partially off to on to completely off to on again. See more »

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Thomas Jerome Newton: [Mary-Lou starts the elevator] I'll just walk.
Mary-Lou: It's five flights.
[Thomas leans against the wall and falls to the floor]
Mary-Lou: Should I stop it?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Just keep going.
Mary-Lou: Oh my God.
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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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