The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nicolas Roeg (1976)

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Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Jerome Newton David Bowie
Nathan Bryce Rip Torn
Mary-Lou Candy Clark
Oliver Farnsworth Buck Henry
Peters Bernie Casey
Professor Canutti Jackson D Kane
Trevor Rick Riccardo
Arthur Tony Mascia
Elaine Linda Hutton
Jill Hilary Holland
Helen Adrienne Larussa
Jewellery store owner Lilybell Crawford
Receptionist Richard Breeding
Captain James Lovell Captain James Lovell
Director Nicolas Roeg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jun 2012