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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987)

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.


(as Robert J. Roth)


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


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.

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Action | Romance | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

23 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der auf die Erde fiel  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wil Wheaton (Billy Milton) and Robert Picardo (Agent Richard Morse) both later starred in "Star Trek" series: Wheaton played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) while Picardo played the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »


[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.
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References Mask (1985) See more »

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lost in adaptation
18 May 2009 | by 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.

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