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The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976

  • Nicolas Roeg
  • May 28, 1976
  • 138 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Science Fiction
You have to believe it to see it
Thomas Jerome Newton is an 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. A British science-fiction film from director Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie.


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This movie screams '70s art film. Part of that makes it a great watch, while the other part of it gets a bit annoying. I kind of like the concept of not knowing all the details of his alien heritage until we get to know him better. He just kind of starts where he fell, and we watch his plans unfold.

The most interesting aspect (and the reason I own this) is watching David Bowie in his first big acting role. Quite frankly, he shows his skill right from the start. This isn't an easy, normal role either. Perhaps that's why he took it, because he was so out there at the time. Down the road he just kept being great in movies, especially Zoolander of course.

Anyway, I'd recommend this if you're in the right mood for it. Certainly worth checking out, even if you're just interested in it as a look at the production.

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RIP David Bowie. Legend. Great film, this.

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Bit of a weird one this. While watching it I found it quite difficult to keep track of the time, as it kept jumping into the future from one scene to the next. There was also the odd unexplained thing - such as Mr Newton seeing old fashioned farmers in a field (and them seeing his car). Most things got resolved with a check to Wikipedia.

I usually rate a film depending if it makes a lasting impression on me (if I can remember it the following day). This has made a lasting impression, so it must be one of the best films I've seen for a while. Or maybe it's due to the many nude scenes making it memorable.

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