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The Man Who Fell to Earth

  • Drama
  • 1976
  • Nicolas Roeg
  • 133 mins
  • 18

Summary

An alien is sent to Earth to find a way to save his dying home planet. He adopts a human identity and uses his advanced knowledge to become a successful tycoon. However, he is corrupted by the sensations and vices of human life and loses sight of his objective. Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi drama, starring David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark and Buck Henry.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This typically eccentric and multidimensional movie from director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now) transforms Walter Tevis's novel into an enigmatic and chilling mosaic of corporate satire and effective science fiction. In his feature debut, a fragile-looking David Bowie is exactly right as the Swiftian starman who becomes fabulously wealthy from his intergalactic inventions, but soon gets corrupted by such earthbound vices as alcohol, television and sex. An established cult classic, the movie has always divided the critics, but whatever you think about its pretensions, vagueness and illogicalities, it remains a fascinating new-age fairy tale, with Bowie's "fall" open to numerous allegorical interpretations.

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Credits

Cast

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Thomas Jerome NewtonDavid Bowie
Nathan BryceRip Torn
Mary-LouCandy Clark
Oliver FarnsworthBuck Henry
PetersBernie Casey
Professor CanuttiJackson D Kane
TrevorRick Riccardo
ArthurTony Mascia
ElaineLinda Hutton
JillHilary Holland
HelenAdrienne Larussa
Jewellery store ownerLilybell Crawford
ReceptionistRichard Breeding
Captain James LovellCaptain James Lovell

Crew

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DirectorNicolas Roeg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2012-06-15
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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