The Man Who Fell to Earth | 1976

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

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Main Plot

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.


  • David Bowie's character, Thomas Jerome Newton, is an alien who comes to Earth seeking water for his dying planet.
  • Rip Torn's character, Dr. Nathan Bryce, helps the alien protagonist navigate human society and tries to exploit his advanced technology.
  • Candy Clark's character, Mary-Lou, serves as a love interest and confidante to the alien protagonist, played by David Bowie.

Ending Explained

The Man Who Fell to Earth ends with the alien protagonist, Thomas Jerome Newton, losing his fortune, becoming addicted to alcohol, and being captured by the government. He is subjected to experiments and eventually escapes, but is left in a deteriorated state. As he tries to rebuild his spaceship, he is betrayed by his human lover and dies alone, leaving behind a failed mission to save his dying planet.

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Nicolas Roeg David Bowie Rip Torn Candy Clark