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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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Starring (View all)
David Bowie David Bowie
Thomas Jerome Newton
Rip Torn Rip Torn
Nathan Bryce
Candy Clark Candy Clark
Mary-Lou
Buck Henry Buck Henry
Oliver Farnsworth
Bernie Casey Bernie Casey
Peters
Jackson D. Kane Jackson D. Kane
Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo Rick Riccardo
Trevor
Tony Mascia Tony Mascia
Arthur


Written by
Paul Mayersberg Paul Mayersberg
(screenplay)
Walter Tevis Walter Tevis
(from the novel by)


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A good movie

4 years, 3 months ago at Jan 28 8:33
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but a year after Bowie's death, the BBC decided to broadcast this movie and since it had a decent reputation, I thought I might as well  check it out. Well, it must be by far one of the weirdest alien features I have ever seen. Basically, it was a little bit like 'E.T.', except that the alien character was not a puppet but was played by David Bo... read more
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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.
Release date: 8 April 1976
UPC: 720917503929
Tags: Sci-fi (11), Drama (9), 1970s (9), Alien (8), Surreal (7), 1976 (7), Based On Novel (5), Murder (4), Water (4), Independent Film (4), Male Frontal Nudity (4), Scientist (4), Hallucination (4), Science Fiction (3), Female Frontal Nudity (3), Nudity (3), Helicopter (3), Surrealism (3), Gun (3), Urination (3)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 4 years, 3 months ago

A good movie

“I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but a year after Bowie's death, the BBC decided to broadcast this movie and since it had a decent reputation, I thought I might as well  check it out. Well, it must be by far one of the weirdest alien features I have ever seen. Basically, it was a little bit like 'E.T.', except that the alien character was not a puppet but was played by David Bowie and the makers were apparently running on acid. First of all, let's state the obvious, Bowie was basically born to play such a character. Back in those days, the rock star was actually a major drug addict but, even without the drugs, the way he looked and his attitude was just perfect to play this alien creature. Concerning the movie itself, it was rather hit and miss, to be honest. I mean, it” read more

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