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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.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Paul Mayersberg (screenplay), Walter Tevis (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Thomas Jerome Newton
Rip Torn ... Nathan Bryce
Candy Clark ... Mary-Lou
Buck Henry ... Oliver Farnsworth
Bernie Casey ... Peters
Jackson D. Kane Jackson D. Kane ... Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo Rick Riccardo ... Trevor
Tony Mascia ... Arthur
Linda Hutton Linda Hutton ... Elaine
Hilary Holland Hilary Holland ... Jill
Adrienne Larussa ... Helen
Lilybelle Crawford Lilybelle Crawford ... Jewelery Store Owner
Richard Breeding Richard Breeding ... Receptionist
Albert Nelson Albert Nelson ... Waiter
Peter Prouse Peter Prouse ... Peters' Associate
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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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You have to believe it to see it See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,343, 15 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,072
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In total, Candy Clark spent 96 and a half hours in the make-up chair during the extent of the film's shoot. See more »

Goofs

Newton only touches the plate once and there's only one plate of cookies, but when they were in the air, we can see two completely different lifting moments. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jerome Newton: Do you think I could have something to drink?
Mary-Lou: Are you sure you should drink?
Thomas Jerome Newton: I'd like a glass of...
Mary-Lou: Gin? A nice gin and tonic with four cubes of ice and a slice of lime. Hmm. How's that sound mister?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Just a glass of water.
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part VIII (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts from 'The Planets Suite'
Composed by Gustav Holst
Performed by The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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Fantastic, severely under-rated film
8 June 2006 | by Huffman1See all my reviews

This movie is definitely one of my favourites. First off, the acting is wonderful. David Bowie is awesome, I could not have imagined a better choice of actor. He plays his role to perfection and with just the right emotion. Candy Clark is also incredible in her role. Then comes the plot itself. Sure the plot is a little hard to follow but it is so brilliantly rendered and the cinematography is perfect. A very strong atmosphere and mood is created and the whole thing all together is just mind-blowing. Very original. Very artistic. Go see it if you haven't already.

I would also like to add that this cult science fiction film is however not for everyone. The way it was created and the way the scenes are shot resembles an experimental film. The style is also out of the ordinary and the plot may seem to be a little strange and confusing to some. Most people either love it or hate it.


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