The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

DVD - 2014
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An alien being comes to Earth to colonize its water riches but instead becomes head of a large corporation and is gradually destroyed by the pleasures, the technology and the richness of life on earth.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Studio Canal ; Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Me_Tarzan
Oct 30, 2018

The Man Who Fell To Earth was - Weird, but not wacky - Sensuous, but not sensationalistic - Odd, but not overdone - Entertaining, but not exaggerated.

Pop idol, David Bowie (in his screen debut) played the title character, Thomas J. Newton (Tommy), an alien being who has come from the distant planet Anthea and who is now seeking a feasible way to ship a vast amount of Earth's water back to his own world which is literally dying from severe drought.

If nothing else - This oddly fascinating SyFy/Thriller from 1976 (that's surprisingly low on gore and violence) is certainly well-worth a view just to catch David Bowie at the absolute pinnacle of his world fame as one of Pop Culture's most enigmatic idols of the post-psychedelic 70s.

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mfanuzzi
Mar 30, 2018

An exhausting, half-baked and ultimately pointless tale that makes 'Cleopatra' feel like a Jason Bourne film. You do catch a fleeting glance of David Bowie's peen in one of the last of many sex scenes, so it has that going for it. But don't let the gratuitous sex and intensely 70s aroma trick you into thinking this is in the vein of Russ Meyer; it's not nearly that artful, psychedelic or fun.

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akirakato
Mar 27, 2018

Directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1976 based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel of the same name, this British SF drama depicts the visit of an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought.
David Bowie plays as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton, but he appears like a normal British traveler with the British passport.
Only the opening montage suggests this is a scientific fiction, but the rest looks like an ordinary drama.
The film turns out to be a total flop with a gratuitous nudity and sex scenes for the sake of sex.
Judged from the today's standards, this film seems boring and slow-paced without thrilling and exciting actions.
After all, you might waste your time viewing this 133-minute flick.

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Nursebob
Dec 28, 2017

Opening with a truckload of sheep being led to slaughter and closing with a sacrificial lamb of a different kind, Roeg's hippy-trippy oddity about a benevolent alien who falls to Earth (literally and figuratively) only to face exploitation and addiction is an arthouse diamond in the rough. Bowie is at his androgynous best and Candy Clark plays a convincing airhead while both Rip Torn and Buck Henry take up the slack as corporate Americans. Questionable editing and arty affectations aside, still a sci-fi staple.

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800kw0rm_31337
Aug 29, 2017

Visually stunning, a provocative science fiction rocket launch for David Bowie. Also, ladies n gents, be warned, he's nude for about 30 seconds. Ultimately, for me, the film added a more interesting context to his unique career.

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MontMoroc
May 28, 2017

In Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi singularity, David Bowie is perfectly cast as a distant alien, unable to properly connect, who sinks into a moneyed, paranoid abyss.
Requires multiple viewings to fully appreciate the complexity and depth of this great science fiction film.

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uncommonreader
May 04, 2017

This film has marginal interest as a period piece, but it had nothing to say in 1976 and nothing relevant to say now.

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linoboy
Feb 26, 2017

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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Janice21383
Feb 08, 2017

Reading the book will fill in gaps in the story. But a film should be judged for itself, so put it this way: The Man Who Fell to Earth is a moody 1970s art film. Very 1970s, very arty. It isn't Star Wars or Marvel Universe; in fact, it has everything that current "science fiction" films don't have, and nothing that they do have. If you don't expect action/adventure, and do expect a psychedelic drama about an alien meeting humanity, you may enjoy it.

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StevenRobinson
Feb 04, 2017

Wow. Badly edited. From start to finish, this mess of a movie made very little sense. The plot was hard to follow and in scenes where Bowie needed to show some serious emotion, he fell woefully short.
Sadly, the term "cult classic" is misused here. "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" is a campy bad movie that is fun to watch because it is so bad -- but this movie is just unwatchable dreck.

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