The Man Who Fell to Earth details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Bernie Casey, David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry|
|Genres:||Drama - General, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - Alien, Fantasy - General|
|Collections:||Cowboys & Aliens, Decades: 70s, HD Films, Mind Bending Films, Sci-Fi Stars, Top Sci-Fi|
The Man Who Fell to Earth
|2hrs 13 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Nicolas Roeg's Best Film?By LEIGH70 from DENBIGHSHIRE , 10 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A previous review seems to illustrate 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' is a love it or hate it experience. I personally love it - I think it's the best film Nicolas Roeg ever made and possibly my favourite film ever. The great thing about it is that it is so multi-layered that it appears different every time you watch it. With each viewing you notice fresh details and nuances.
Bowie's performance is impeccable - can you imagine anybody else in this role? Easily his best film performance. And he looks fantastic! A classic - Five stars!!
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A classic you will either love or hateBy Cashplays (43 reviews) , 15 Apr 2013A very weird, slightly disappointing and strangely compelling film that doesn't really go anywhere. The story is basic enough following Bowies' alien on his quest to find a solution for the drought on his home planet and trying to find a way home. He plans to finance this whole operation by filing patent lawsuits against the biggest companies in the world! Along the way he falls in love, falls fowl of the demon drink and gets ripped off by some greedy earthling capitalists It does get all very 70's and a bit heavy going but overall it's a not too boring a film. There is nothing to hate about it but also nothing to love either. It's very of it's time but has aged well. Bowie gives a wonderfully laid back, suave and typically British performance as Tommy the eccentric billionaire alien, the supporting cast are all good and the direction is good too.
I love the goblin KingBy cjYORK (3 reviews) from Leeds , 31 Mar 2013Bowie has such a strange beauty to him. It makes this film sexy and captivating. With such an air of sadness
Turn off the smart phone and give your full attention to thisBy Babybunny (1 review) , 19 Mar 2013please watch this movie! Don't be chased away by some of the silly and immature negative reviews. This is a beautiful film with great performances from the whole cast,Bowie is great, but this is not the crux of the film. Steeped in the mood of the 70's this complex and multi-layered story seems utterly relevant today, Hard to remake this and keep the original style and class. This movie is so unsung, but is a fine example from the 70's.
Interesting, but rather long.By morphix (27 reviews) , 30 Dec 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI watched this film many moons ago and was delighted to discover it on here by chance.. I'm writing this review from memory as I have yet to watch it again..but it's on my watchlist and I certainly look forward to watching it again when I have the time. It's been at least 15 years since I last saw it.. This was I believe David Bowie's first foray into film. His acting is somewhat wanting but perhaps playing an alien that doesn't seem to have emotions, he could be forgiven for that! It was during his Ziggy Stardust era when he made this film and his androgynous appearance made him an ideal choice for the odd-ball alien who finds himself stranded on earth and so adopts a human appearance. The alien uses his knowledge of common technologies used on his planet, but not yet discovered on earth to invent products which make him fabulously wealthy. However this proves to be his undoing. Not only does he fall for the same traps wealthy humans do (drugs and alcohol) but he also draws attention to himself from big corporations and the US government who eventually discover he's an alien. It's an interesting concept for a story but the film does seem unnecessarily long and so could be considered an 'art film' rather than a story. This does begin to grate after a while and becomes tiresome to watch.. nevertheless, there's some interesting camera work and visual effects.. the whole film has a very strong 70's visual feel to it. If you're a Bowie fan, check out his later vampire film, 'The Hunger' which is a much better film. His acting abilities has improved by leaps and bounds by then!
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A superb film!By a customer , 29 Dec 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA superb performance by the entire cast with David Bowie rendering a sterling performance. The script is ground breaking and the intensity of the characters refreshing.