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The Man Who Fell to Earth

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Cult sci-fi drama has Bowie, sex, nudity, and alcoholism.

Movie R 1976 139 minutes
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In this cult 1976 film, Bowie looks magnificent and otherworldly in the central role of Newton, an alien in human form who is lost in space and time. In part a serious, uncompromising sci-fi movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth also plays as a satire, a love story, and a comment on how people get their kicks. Director Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now) creates an illuminating experience, presenting the best and worst aspects of the world as seen through Newton's fresh eyes.

Candy Clark glows as the charming Mary-Lou. While Rip Torn's college professor with an eye for young students is redeemed when he finds his purpose in life, working for the company set up by Newton. However, the opposite occurs when Newton finds new pleasures in TV and alcohol, his spark dulling but still managing to remain philosophical. A movie to be experienced and interpreted rather than understood, The Man Who Fell to Earth might be frustrating for some. But when caught in the right mood at the right time, it transports you to another world that delivers rich rewards.

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