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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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Sci-Fi | Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Nicolas Roeg cast David Bowie after seeing Bowie in the 1975 documentary "Cracked Actor" [See: Omnibus: Cracked Actor (1975)]. According to Roeg, the singer turned actor threw himself into the film, was always on time and delivered a performance that everyone was very happy with including Bowie himself. See more »

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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

Mary-Lou: You know Tommy, you're a freak. I don't mean that unkindly. I like freaks. And that's why I like you.
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Alternate Versions

In the original U.S. theatrical release, the "Hello Mary Lou" sequence with the gun was missing. It was restored when the movie was broadcast on pay cable. See more »

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Blueberry Hill
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Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Don't bother seeing this film unless it is the director's cut
23 July 1999 | by michaelfSee all my reviews

I first saw "The Man Who Fell to Earth" when it was first released, and found it to be a jumbled mess. There were plot holes galore, and scenes that went nowhere or had no connection to anything.

A few years back, I saw the director's cut, and it was an entirely different film. The plot holes were filled and all the scenes fit together perfectly. As bad as the original release version was, the director's cut is great and worth seeing.


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