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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thomas Jerome Newton
... Nathan Bryce
... Mary-Lou
... Oliver Farnsworth
... Peters
Jackson D. Kane ... Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo ... Trevor
... Arthur
Linda Hutton ... Elaine
Hilary Holland ... Jill
... Helen
Lilybelle Crawford ... Jewelery Store Owner
Richard Breeding ... Receptionist
Albert Nelson ... Waiter
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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8 April 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der vom Himmel fiel  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,343, 15 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,072
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The name of the record album that Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) recorded and is seen at the end of the movie was "The Visitor". 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 »

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Thomas Jerome Newton: [Mary-Lou starts the elevator] I'll just walk.
Mary-Lou: It's five flights.
[Thomas leans against the wall and falls to the floor]
Mary-Lou: Should I stop it?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Just keep going.
Mary-Lou: Oh my God.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Musk Who Fell to Earth (2015) See more »

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Don't bother seeing this film unless it is the director's cut

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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