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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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 <>

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Release Date:

26 May 1976 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre que cayó a la tierra  »

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


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

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Did You Know?


David Bowie worked on a soundtrack for the film that was rejected. Many of the ideas he had for the soundtrack would later be utilized in his 1977 album 'Low'. See more »


Newton only touches the plate once and there's only one plate of cookies, but when they were in the air, we can see two completely different lifting moments. See more »


Jewelery Store Owner: Can I help?
Thomas Jerome Newton: I'm sorry. I want to sell this ring.
Jewelery Store Owner: [looks it over] Where'd you get it from?
Thomas Jerome Newton: My wife gave it to me. You see it has initials.
Jewelery Store Owner: [reads] T.J.N. Do you have any I.D.?
Thomas Jerome Newton: I'm British, I have a passport.
[shows it to her]
Jewelery Store Owner: [reads] Thomas Jerome Newton. This is not a pawn shop, Mr. Newton.
Thomas Jerome Newton: I beg your pardon?
Jewelery Store Owner: If you sell it to me now, you can't redeem it later.
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Referenced in Man Who Fell to Earth (Remix) (2010) See more »


Make the World Go Away
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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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