The Man Who Fell To Earth
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, UK 1976
138 mins. English dialogue
Space alien Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a stronger gravitational pull. Bowie seemed perfectly cast as the space traveller, and the film further cemented director Roeg's status as one of the most unique filmmakers of the 1970's. Originally cut by 20 minutes on its 1976 US release, we present the 40th anniversary complete version.
What the Critics say:
"The real story is less about the sci-fi and more about the weirdness on Earth, a woozy dream of greed and alcohol and betrayal, as the gentle Newton is preyed upon by hucksters and the American government."  (Kate Muir - The Times)