Actors: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Man Who Fell to Earth|
|Thomas Newton (David Bowie) falls to earth from another planet in an attempt to find water, take it back to his barren dry planet, and save his wife and children who are dying of thirst. A chemistry professor (Rip Torn) discovers that Newton is an alien. Capitalist companies subject Newton to years of painful physical tests under the guidance of Peters, a cruel businessman (Bernie Casey).
--Ross Wells, Resident Scholar
|"Thomas Jerome Newton" is the name adopted by an alien who has crash landed on earth in search of water to take back to his family and planet, which are dying of drought. He sells rings and works himself up into high technology business, selling inventions and patents to raise the billions he needs to build transport back to his home. A simple country girl named Mary-Lou (Clark) falls for him and moves in; he also becomes acquainted with a middle-aged professor (Torn) who likes to bed young coeds, and an attorney (Henry) who handles his financial and legal affairs. But loneliness and greed (perhaps even the bad air) corrupt Newton and drive him gradually crazy. British director Nicolas Roeg shot turned Walter Tevis's straightforward 1963 novel into this highly visual, allusive, and puzzling 1976 film. Despite its odd pacing and much nudity, Bowie is perfectly cast and the other actors are adequate.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
- friendly alien from space chased by govt
- kinky sex movie
Generally friendly 1st contact with aliens?
- male alien
- long lived adults
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can change shapes
- can see into the future
- is very quick
- other weird color
- (man) short/medium straight
- very skinny (man)
- Chest and Buttocks
- Full Frontal
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- average build (man)
- buttocks and chest
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- an organization
- business executive
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard curly
- average (man)
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
A substantial portion of this movie takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- empty, or nearly empty world
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside our solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Tone of movie
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude female butt
- seeing nude male butt
- seeing full frontal--women
- seeing full frontal--men
- society controls main character's sexuality
- Some foul language
Kinds of F/X
- exotic aliens
- exotic alien landscape
Is this movie based on a
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