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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.

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Peters
Jackson D. Kane ...
Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo ...
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Arthur
Linda Hutton ...
Elaine
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Lilybelle Crawford ...
Richard Breeding ...
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Peter Prouse ...
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Storyline

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 spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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Power, space, time and a visitor. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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8 April 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,343, 15 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,072
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The film was shot around June, July, and August 1975. See more »

Goofs

When the cop radios in the license plate on the limo, he reports it as "158 Z44" when the plate clearly reads "158 ZBB" See more »

Quotes

Oliver Farnsworth: My father used to say "Oliver, when you get a gift horse, walk up to it, pat it, quiet the animal down and then using both hands force open it's jaws and have a damn good look in it's mouth."
Trevor: I'd say that was good advice
Oliver Farnsworth: Yes, but my father was always wrong!
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Referenced in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) See more »

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Devil's On the Loose
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Written by John Phillips
Song is used as the "Nathan Bryce" theme when his character is first introduced on a college campus.
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Moody, Understated, Strange
27 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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