Rent The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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2h 13min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , , , , , Rick Riccardo, , Linda Hutton, Hilary Holland, , Lilybelle Crawford, Richard Breeding, , Peter Prouse, , , , ,
Directors:
Writers:
Paul Mayersberg, Walter Tevis
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
British Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/07/2002
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • "Watching the alien" documentary feature
  • Theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/04/2011
Run Time:
139 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Filmed interviews with acress Candy Clark, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg and cinematographer Anthony Richmond
  • Extract of audio interview with Walter Tevis

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Reviews (3) of The Man Who Fell to Earth

Unusual sci fi. - The Man Who Fell to Earth review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2013

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.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Bowie is low key in this adaptation - The Man Who Fell to Earth review by DR

Spoiler Alert
31/12/2017

This film failed to capture the subtlety, power, and suspense of the novel.

Bowie's other-worldliness was directed as understated behaviour. The female lead was modified to cast a much younger woman, presumably to sex-up the story. Bowie can be very powerful, e.g. in Labrynth, when properly directed.

Bowie's dramatic arrival on earth was well handled, considering that the film dated from 1976. Shots of the family left behind were primitive however. Continuity was poor and the narrative too obvious.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Bowie is low key in this adaptation - The Man Who Fell to Earth review by DR

Spoiler Alert
31/12/2017

This film failed to capture the subtlety, power, and suspense of the novel.

Bowie's other-worldliness was directed as understated behaviour. The female lead was modified to cast a much younger woman, presumably to sex-up the story. Bowie can be very powerful, e.g. in Labrynth, when properly directed.

Bowie's dramatic arrival on earth was well handled, considering that the film dated from 1976. Shots of the family left behind were primitive however. Continuity was poor and the narrative too obvious.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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