An alien lands on earth, and decides that he needs to take a job in order to raise money to build a spaceship so he can get back to his home planet.

Director:

(as Robert J. Roth)

Writers:

(teleplay), (theatrical photoplay screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington
Krull (1983)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
The Defiant Ones (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Carl Monroe and 'Joker' Johnson share some things: They are both in jail and they both hate each other. After a fist fight the are going to be put into an other jailhouse by car. They come ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Robert Urich, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

In the year 2000 the spaceship Hope One sets off to find new galaxies for colonization. However, an encounter with an alien being and a swarm of meteorites sends the ship streaking off ... See full summary »

Director: Leonard Katzman
Stars: Francine York, James Brown, Baynes Barron
Eliminators (1986)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A former pilot rebels against his creator, teaming up with the scientist responsible for android technology, her pet robot Spot, a rough-and-tumble riverboat guide, and a martial arts warrior.

Director: Peter Manoogian
Stars: Andrew Prine, Denise Crosby, Patrick Reynolds
December (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in a New England prep school on the day after Pearl Harbor, five close friends must choose whether to stay in school or go to war. Their decisions shock themselves and each other as they must grow up faster than they ever imagined.

Director: Gabe Torres
Stars: Balthazar Getty, Jason London, Brian Krause
Captive (1986)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daughter of an international tycoon is kidnapped by a trio of abductors who seek to mold her to their lifestyle.

Director: Paul Mayersberg
Stars: Irina Brook, Oliver Reed, Hiro Arai
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Bobby dies in a car accident he is not allowed to enter heaven but has to stay in one of the lower levels until he has worked enough as an guardian angel in order to deserve paradise. ... See full summary »

Director: Cary Medoway
Stars: Lewis Smith, Jason Gedrick, Jane Kaczmarek
Fag Hag (1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A pathological liar and an HIV-positive rapper join forces to take a small gay community by storm. Featuring a cameo by Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me)!

Director: Damion Dietz
Stars: Stephanie Kirchen, Damion Dietz, Saadia Billman
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The loyalty of a tight group of friends is put to the test when there's a date rape within the circle. They close ranks to prevent the secret from getting out. The victim of the rape ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Porter
Stars: Wil Wheaton, Brian Krause, Michael Cudlitz
The Man Who Fell to Earth (TV Movie 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Andy Brownstone
Stars: Rob Walker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
James Laurenson ...
Felix Hawthorne
...
Agent Richard Morse
...
Vernon Gage
...
Billy Milton
...
Louise
...
Eva Milton
Bobbi Jo Lathan
Chris DeRose ...
Record Clerk
...
Video Clerk
Rob Leilson ...
Captain
Steve Natole ...
Soldier
Michael Fontaine ...
Guard
Edit

Storyline

An alien lands on earth, and decides that he needs to take a job in order to raise money to build a spaceship so he can get back to his home planet.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Romance | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der auf die Erde fiel  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cast includes Wil Wheaton who was in Star Trek, the Next Generation, Robert Picardo who was in Star Trek Voyager. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Dory: [to hitchhiker] Good morning! I was driving to New York city when, wouldn't you know it, my car broke down... I have no money so - there is no reason to mug me.
See more »

Connections

References Mask (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
lost in adaptation
18 May 2009 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is only interesting as a curiosity piece, if you've ever wondered what an 80's labotomized version of the sad and meaningful Walter Tevis novel would look like. Start by replacing Bowie's Thin White Duke with a Tom Hanks Busom Buddy knock-off, and throw in Beverly D'Angelo and Wesley Crusher as her troubled, but deep-down loving son. Don't bother coming up with any believable visual style for the movie, just re-use some of the old Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century sets off the studio backlot Finally, but most importantly, replace the actual theme of the book (how the Visitor falls to human faults and shortcomings) with positive pap about restoring the Beverly D'Angelo and Wil Wheaton relationship. I'm almost certain this movie was shot as a pilot for a TV series, where the Visitor brings his son back to Earth, and every week, they learn how troubled and illogical, yet ultimately redeeming mankind is. Kind of like My Favorite Martian, but a little more serious, like The Great American Hero. This would have been classic shlock had it been picked up.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Oh, the good old days! dougaldog2002
twin towers charlesweisinger
More like James Franco Fell to Earth... kieranjw
Discuss The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?