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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman 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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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,343, 15 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,072
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The production had to deal with a boisterous "Hells' Angels" motorcycle gang who were camping nearby to the shoot whilst filming a scene at an old Aztec burial ground in the New Mexico desert. See more »

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At the end of the film, it is implied that 20 to 30 years have passed, yet the fashion, technology, and general appearance of the world is still clearly in the mid 1970s. See more »

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Mary-Lou: Are you married?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Yes.
Mary-Lou: I thought so. What's she like, your wife? Is she like me?
Thomas Jerome Newton: No.
Mary-Lou: I didn't think so. Well, I guess I'll do for now, won't I?
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Bowie At His Best
7 April 2004 | by 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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