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The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976 film by Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Released 18 March 1976 (47 years ago)

Director Nicolas Roeg
Duration 138 minutes
Genre science fiction film, film adaptation and drama film
Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Composer John Phillips
Production company British Lion Films
Country of origin United Kingdom
Screenwriter Paul Mayersberg and Walter Tevis
Producer Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings

About The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking film that explores themes of alienation, identity, and the corrupting influence of power. Released in 1976, the film stars David Bowie in his first major acting role as Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth in search of water to save his drought-stricken planet.

Roeg's direction is masterful, using a non-linear narrative and striking visuals to create a dreamlike atmosphere that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Bowie's performance is equally impressive, capturing the otherworldly quality of his character while also conveying a sense of vulnerability and loneliness.

The film's themes are as relevant today as they were in 1976, with its commentary on the dangers of unchecked capitalism and the corrupting influence of power feeling particularly prescient. The Man Who Fell to Earth is a haunting and unforgettable film that continues to captivate audiences over 40 years after its release.


- Ebert, R. (1976, January 1). The Man Who Fell to Earth.

- Kermode, M. (2011, June 23). The Man Who Fell to Earth: No 7 best sci-fi and fantasy film of all time. The Guardian.

- The Man Who Fell to Earth. (n.d.). Criterion Collection.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


89 years, 1 month, 22 days


29 years, 9 months, 24 days

Born first

1 May 1924

Died first

3 October 1979

Born last

20 December 1949

Died last

8 January 2020

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