The Man Who Fell to Earth

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Fell to Earth

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The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Roeg's visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation.
Statement of Responsibility: Studio Canal ; Anchor Bay ; screenplay by Paul Mayersberg ; directed by Nicolas Roeg
Title: The man who fell to earth
Publisher: [United States] :, Home Vision Entertainment,, [2005]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (139 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Feb 03, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Forget about the plot--I have. Just enjoy the fabulous performances from Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry and the very cool Candy Clark. A real classic.

my ex-wife in amsterdam, holland never really had a clue about this film and it's lead character david bowie, goed morgan. this film is sci-fi, ok,,boohoo, hold on.but the lead character and brilliant story teller and musician takes us on a ride through our american hell of the seventies. to our american hell of today. portraying an alien who lands on earth trying to save his family that lead a seperate life in another dimension. upon wandering on earth as a vagabond of sorts, the character goes to a pawn shop and pawns his one item he values, his wedding ring, sorry kids. the ring gives him maybe five dollaes, yet due to his ingenuity, he becomes a multi billionare. i won't give away any spoilers, but you might want to rent this movie in case you fall to earth...

Report This Nov 27, 2012
  • SpaceAngel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Man Who Fell To Earth was - Weird, but not wacky - Sensuous, but not sensationalistic - Odd, but not overdone - Entertaining, but not exaggerated._________ Pop idol, David Bowie (in his screen debut) played the title character, Thomas J. Newton (Tommy), an alien being who has come from the distant planet Anthea and who is now seeking a feasible way to ship a vast amount of Earth's water back to his own world which is literally dying from severe drought,_____ As things turn out for young Tommy, he soon becomes addicted to alcohol and TV (What a combo!), guzzling down high-quality liquor while endlessly viewing the boob-tube, having 20 television sets sitting out in front of him, all playing something different at the same time,_____ If nothing else, this oddly fascinating Sci-Fi/Thriller from 1976 (that's surprisingly low on gore and violence) is certainly well-worth a view just to catch David Bowie at the absolute pinnacle of his world fame as one of Pop Culture's most enigmatic idols of the post-psychedelic 70s.

Report This Feb 26, 2010
  • bobfrombob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They don’t really make movies like this any more. And that’s a shame. I really enjoyed this. The story line is disorienting, especially in the beginning. Nothing is spoon-fed to you. The story emerges little by little. Which keeps you (or at least it kept me) totally engaged. One minute he seems to be destined to scrimping just to stay alive and the next minute he seems to be a high-powered Wall Street executive. Who better to choose to play the man who fell to earth – the alien – than David Bowie? Probably nobody. This role appears to have been written for him. And if you watch carefully, in what must have been some directorial conceit, Bowie the musician makes a sort of appearance. The colours and cinematography in it are quite good. The special effects are kept to a minimum, which spares the film from looking dated today. Recommended.


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