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2 hr. 20 min.

Plot Summary
Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry), Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced technology to create profitable inventions. While developing a method to transport water, Thomas meets Mary-Lou (Candy Clark), a quiet hotel clerk, and begins to fall in love with her. Just as he is ready to leave Earth, Thomas is intercepted by the U.S. government, and his entire plan is threatened.

Cast: David Bowie , Candy Clark , Buck Henry , Rip Torn , Bernie Casey , Jackson D. Kane , Rick Riccardo , Tony Mascia

Director: Nicolas Roeg

Genres: Science fiction

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Release Date: June 24th, 2011|2 hr. 20 min.

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  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not just the grainy stock and bad sound - technically, we've come a long way. It's the cheesy sex, the awkward edits, the hammy symbolism, the mix of art-house aesthetics and exploitation cliché. Strange creature, this is. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Bowie, slender, elegant, remote, evokes this alien so successfully that one could say, without irony, this was a role he was born to play. show more

  • 100
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    It may be time to stop calling Nicolas Roeg's sexed-up sci-fi film that vaguely demeaning term - a cult classic - and start addressing it as what it is: the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s. show more

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