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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant Sci-Fi See more (100 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)

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)
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 .... 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)
Samai Brown .... assistant to the producer (uncredited)
 

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139 min | Sweden:119 min (cut version)
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Trivia:
Mick Jagger was also considered for the part of the alien.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Newton opens the cabinet mirror in the bathroom we can briefly see the reflection of a crew member.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Waiter:I think perhaps Mr. Newton has had enough, don't you?
Nathan Bryce:I think... perhaps... you're right.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Social Network (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wind WordsSee more »

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55 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Sci-Fi, 13 March 2004
Author: Nix Garthim from CA, USA

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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