The Man Who Fell to Earth
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Space alien (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 in its 1976 US release, this anniversary presentation is the complete version.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Man Who Fell to Earth today plays like a movie that fell from the sky, origins unknown."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Feels like a tedious historical artifact. It's a sci-fi "Days of Wine and Roses" for the arthouse crowd."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Iconic, and nearly canonic."
‑ Phil Hoad, Guardian [UK]
"The cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond still looks fantastic and Bowie's androgynous screen presence is never less than fascinating."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Though Roeg's special effects looked hokey even 35 years ago, some of the technological elements of the film have proven oddly prescient."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The film is a more poignant (and infinitely bleaker) portrait of extraterrestrial homesickness than "E.T.""
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Still as mad and brilliantly infuriating as ever."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"The real stranger from another planet is Nicolas Roeg."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Roeg's style...suits "The Man Who Fell to Earth's" alienation and gives a hallucinatory sheen to the tale."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Bowie's screen debut still fascinates whenever he's on-screen, and it's full of little reminders of how much has changed since the movie was made."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Undeniably long, Panavision-wide, but of questionable depth."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Brimming with smart ideas - not to mention a stellar turn from Bowie - but roughly-hewn and completely excessive."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"An experiment touching on intergalactic irony and the deepest inner disconnection, a work of telescopes and microscopes"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Man Who Fell to Earth reminds us of the truly independent and challenging films of the 70s."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
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