The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Man Who Fell to Earth, The (1976, GBR) C-133m. SCOPE *** D: Nicolas Roeg. Starring David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey, Jackson D. Kane, Claudia Jennings. Intelligent, at times fascinating science-fiction drama about "alien" Bowie, who crashlands on the Earth and uses his superior intelligence to establish a leading company. His alien-ness ultimately breaks his spirit, especially since he has had to abandon his wife and kids on their planet. Very adult parable on human estrangement and the inhuman pressures of society, not to be digested easily. Bowie is perfectly cast as the fragile being from space. First-rate photography by Anthony B. Richmond. Paul Mayersberg adapted the novel by Walter Tevis. Originally shown at 140m. Remade as a TV movie in 1987.


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