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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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Elaine
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Jill
Adrienne Larussa ...
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Lilybelle Crawford ...
Jewelery Store Owner
Richard Breeding ...
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Albert Nelson ...
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Peter Prouse ...
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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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26 May 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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El hombre que cayó a la tierra  »

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

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$83,547 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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The painting seen early on in the film is Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. It was long thought to be by Pieter Brueghel, but this has been questioned recently. In Greek mythology, Icarus succeeded in flying, with wings made by his father Daedalus, using feathers secured with wax. Ignoring his father's warnings, Icarus chose to fly too close to the sun, melting the wax, and fell into the sea and drowned. His legs can be seen in the water just below the ship. The sun, already half-set on the horizon, is a long way away; the flight did not reach anywhere near it. This, of course, is another metaphor for Newton's predicament, as Icarus falls into water too. A cruel irony given how little water there is on his own planet. See more »

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When Newton is in the shed watching a television set on a pile of fire wood the analog input dial is clearly set to "LINE" and not "TV." This reveals the content being displayed is a recording controlled by the filmmakers and not broadcast television. See more »

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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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Brilliant Sci-Fi
13 March 2004 | by (CA, USA) – See all my reviews

The Man Who Fell To Earth is one of the few sci-fi films that can justifiably call itself brilliant. But what makes it so brilliant, you ask? It's certainly not the story, which is merely about an alien coming to earth in order to save his dying planet. The performances are excellent, but actors alone cannot make a film brilliant. Perhaps what makes The Man Who Fell To Earth brilliant is the thing that causes people to despise it: it has no plot. That's right. It's alot like a David Lynch movie; there are bizzare characters, bizzare dialogue, and bizzare situations, but barely any trace of a followable plot. The film manages to carry a thin story with almost no plot whatsoever and be consistently interesting and entertaining throughout. On top of that, it's all stunningly photographed. There is quite a bit of sex in this movie, but the sex is done so stylistically we hardly notice how pornographic it is. For instance, in one scene near the end of the film, Bowie wields a pistol loaded with blanks like a phallus. The scene than erupts into a bizzare sex scene filled with flashing strobe lights, full frontal shots of Bowie, and the gun firing randomly off. The Man Who Fell To Earth is essential viewing(unless of course movies that are hard to follow or a naked David Bowie aren't your thing).


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