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The Man Who Fell to Earth -- Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) 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.


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Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
Walter Tevis (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1976 (Netherlands) See more »
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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
Charles Noel ... Doctor (uncredited)
Terry Southern ... Reporter at space launch (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Roeg 
Writing credits
Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)

Walter Tevis (from the novel by)

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 .... chief make-up artist (as Linda de Vetta)
Martin Samuel .... hairdresser
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)
Chris Burke .... assistant art director (uncredited)
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)
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 (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... electrician
Michael Thomas .... electrician
Chuck White .... still photographer
Casting Department
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
Alan Swain .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ola Hudson .... Mr. Bowie's suits made by
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)
Samai Brown .... assistant to the producer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
139 min | Sweden:119 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

First starring film role in a dramatic major motion picture for singer David Bowie.See more »
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 »
Thomas Jerome Newton:My interest is energy - transference of energy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Green Lantern (2011)See more »
Songs Of The Humpback WhaleSee more »


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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre from the bizarre., 27 November 2003
Author: Taz Delaney ( from New York City, US

Remarkable movie by Nic Roeg starring David Bowie. Nic really knew how to get the best out of rock stars, also doing the fabulous 'Performance' (with Cammel), with Jagger and these two movies being his best work. Such a perfect role for Bowie and done in his youthful heyday. I don't think anyone else could've done the role justice. No it's not a musical.My favourite lines in the movie are the CIA guy saying "This is modern America and we intend to keep it that way" (when threatened by the future-shock tech Mr.Newton has brought; also, "Yes, I think you've had enough, Mr. Newton." Great effects, especially the sex scene, parts of which were banned in the US when first released.

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