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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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Director:
Writers:
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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You're only welcome if it's beneficial to us See more »
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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Moody, Understated, Strange See more (102 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)
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)
 
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 (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... electrician
Michael Thomas .... electrician
 
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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139 min | Sweden:119 min (cut version)
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James Sallis, writing in the The Boston Globe, describes "The Man Who Fell To Earth" as a Christian parable, not only about the corruption of an innocent being, but as being highly critical of the 1950s conventionalism which Tevis grew up with, along with environmental destruction and the Cold War.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the first sex scene between Nathan Bryce and his student, her bra keeps changing from partially off to on to completely off to on again.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 »
Soundtrack:
The Hissing Of Summer LawnsSee more »

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52 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Moody, Understated, Strange, 27 June 2005
Author: judithwolf from United States

Of all the movies I saw as a teenager (I am now middle aged) this is the one that has remained with me the most, more so even than the highly acclaimed "Deerhunter," which came out 2 years later in 1978. I have not seen it since 1980, so if my memory fails me, please excuse. This eerie, moody movie encapsulated for me -- an alienated kid, I'll grant you -- the perils of living in, and partaking of, the modern world. An alien falls to earth in search of water for his planet, and somehow loses his way, corrupted by materialism, sex, alcohol, the physical world.

I recall Candy Clark's cool, almost southern voice (just saw her in a cameo performance tonight, playing Christopher Walken's girlfriend in the 1986 "At Close Range, another great) purring at Bowie after he has built a little house for her at the end of a dock, "You're such a nice man," and there is something so unsettled about the cinematography -- cloudy and dark and too still -- in the scene that you know he is definitely NOT a nice man, but deeply troubled and unable to respond to human emotions. The other reviewers noted the somewhat disturbing sex scene towards the end of the movie, but for me, at least, that was not needed. I didn't need slime or removed eyeballs (although that is a great scene) to tell me the man is a freak who is human enough to lament his own inability to connect with these creatures from Earth. For the most part the movie was understated, unfolding in its own, detached time.

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