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Release Date:
26 May 1976 (Netherlands) See more »
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You have to believe it to see it
Plot:
Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bowie at his best See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Bowie ... Thomas Jerome Newton

Rip Torn ... Nathan Bryce

Candy Clark ... Mary-Lou

Buck Henry ... Oliver Farnsworth

Bernie Casey ... Peters
Jackson D. Kane ... Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo ... Trevor

Tony Mascia ... Arthur
Linda Hutton ... Elaine
Hilary Holland ... Jill
Adrienne Larussa ... Helen
Lilybelle Crawford ... Jewelery Store Owner
Richard Breeding ... Receptionist
Albert Nelson ... Waiter
Peter Prouse ... Peters' Associate

Jim Lovell ... Himself (Commander of Apollo 13) (as Captain James Lovell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudia Jennings ... Peters' Wife (uncredited)

Debbie Letteau ... Professor's (Nathan Bryce's) Daughter (uncredited)
Terry Southern ... Reporter at space launch (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nicolas Roeg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Mayersberg 
Walter Tevis  novel

Produced by
Michael Deeley .... producer
Si Litvinoff .... executive producer
John Peverall .... associate producer
Barry Spikings .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Phillips 
Stomu Yamashta 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond (director of photography) (as Anthony Richmond)
 
Film Editing by
Graeme Clifford 
 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
 
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Ellis Burman Jr. .... special makeup effects artist
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Roy Stevens .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ron Downing .... stand-by prop
Tom Raeburn .... property master (as Tommy Raeburn)
 
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
Desmond Briscoe .... electronic sound effects
Richard Daniel .... sound maintenance
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator
Michael Ellis .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... special photographic effects (as P.S. Ellenshaw)
 
Stunts
Richard Graydon .... stunt coordinator (as Dickie Graydon)
Matthew Norris .... stunt double: David Bowie (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Evans .... gaffer
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Harry Jackson .... best boy
David James .... still photographer
Derek Suter .... electrician
Michael Thomas .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
Alan Swain .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ola Hudson .... suits of Mr.Bowie
Mike Jarvis .... wardrobe master
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Rodney Glenn .... first assistant editor: film
Melinda Rees .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Duncan Lamont .... composer: additional music
John Phillips .... musical director
 
Other crew
David Cammell .... initial development
Gregg Champion .... production assistant
Terence Churcher .... location manager
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
Ronald Cook .... production accountant
Susanna Merry .... continuity (as Sue Merry)
 

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Runtime:
139 min | Sweden:119 min (cut version)
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Trivia:
The picture was temp scored with music from Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of the Moon".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Thomas Jerome Newton:The strange thing about television is that it doesn't *tell* you everything. It *shows* you everything about life for nothing, but the true mysteries remain. Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Excerpts from 'The Planets Suite'See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bowie at his best, 18 May 2005
Author: movieman_kev from United States

An alien (David Bowie) comes to Earth to bring back glorious water to his ailing planet. Upon arriving he finds an attorney to show his numerous patents to, thus making him a very wealthy creature indeed and starts him on the way to getting the profit needed to build a return spaceship. Rip Torn is a aging college professor who is growing tired of teaching and banging his students, yearning for more.The path of these two will converge soon enough. Nicolas Roeg is a pretty challenging director practically daring the viewing to come to their on opinions on his style. Not really seeming to give a damn about the commercial aspects (or lack there of) of the movies that he makes. And although I found it much easier to form an opinion on this one than say "Walkabout" (which I'm still on the fence with to this day), I found it harder to decipher than his later "Insignificance", which stuck me quite quickly that it was..well...insignificant. Due to the superb performances of Rip Torn and Bowie (in the role of his life) I found myself liking this one more than not. It is equal parts compelling, engaging, frustrating, beautiful and difficult.

My Grade: B+

DVD Extras: Disc 2) the 24 minute documentary "Watching the Alien"; Poster and Stills gallery; Talent Bios for Nicolas Roeg and David Bowie; 2 TV Spots; 2 US and 1 International Theatrical trailers; and US and international teasers

DVD-ROM: the Original Screenplay in .PDF

Eye Candy: Candy Clark, Hillary Holland, Linda Hutton, Adrienna Larussa, and Claudia Jennings show everything; Linda Hutton only exposes breast as well as ass

For the Ladies: Rip Torn, David Bowie and Bernie Casey do too

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