Crash-landing on Earth from his dying planet, an alien humanoid travelling by the name of Thomas Jerome Newton uses his superior intelligence to build a vast business empire. As he takes on - and beats -every US corporation, people can only guess at his true purpose: to save his dying world from agonising death by drought. Newton's ageless fall from grace, as he becomes prey to lust, alcohol, business rivals and finally, the US Government, makes The Man Who Fell To Earth not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world, but also a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.
Unusual sci fi.
- The Man Who Fell to Earth review by Steve Mason
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Bowie looks fantastic as the alien corrupted by an invasive humanness. Though in acting terms he is outclassed by the supporting cast. Beautiful photography, and Bowie is brilliantly cast, his awkward, remote strangeness are huge positives. And Roeg was a great director in this decade. A little long, and most of the best scenes are in the first half.