The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

DVD - 2003
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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: Troy, Mich. : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2003], c1976
Edition: Widescreen version (2.351)
Branch Call Number: DVD SCI-FI MAN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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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VonHafenstaaad
May 28, 2017

Stellar film! This is not a slam bam, violent, car crash ,loud commercial job....so if that's what you are looking for skip it. This is a beautifully stylized character study of people and an alien that were thrown together by happenstance... a visual feast for the eyes. Avant Garde at it's best. Highly recommend! Bowie gives a rockin' performance

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TheSandoz
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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gnomenut
Jan 29, 2017

A clunker. Interesting only if you want to see Bowie.

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rbookman23
Nov 04, 2016

Challenging, disturbing, thought-provoking. One of the best SF movies to come out of the 70s, and maybe one of the best every. Sorry, no spaceships or "pew pew".

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tow0bola
Oct 28, 2016

Not a fan. This version is like watching soft porn with an actual storyline. Kind of goofy. I liked the remake in the 80's so I thought I would give this a try. I wasn't impressed seeing David Bowie's "junk".

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