The Man Who Fell to Earth

Synopsis: Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Nicolas Roeg
Production: Rialto Pictures
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

came into my apartment...

my old life went

straight out the window.

In no time at all,

I got a brand-new life, and I like it.

Maybe I'm not my own boss

the way I used to be...

but... so what?

Oliver, you're the president of

one of the largest corporations in America.

I'll tell you one thing.

It's never too late.

I didn't think a man

could change at my age.

I still can't believe it.

- Yes, that's possible.

We can do that.

Are you sure this is

the right moment, Mr. Newton?

You know, don't you,

that this one has virtually no bottom?

No. No.

I want you to begin negotiations

with Eastman Kodak immediately.

We've been together a long time now...

and I don't see why you'd

even consider selling offe this division.

Well, I mean, if I owned

a copyright on the Bible...

I wouldn't sell it

to Random House.

It's what I want.

I'm on my way to New Mexico now.

I shall be staying at

an hotel near the border.

I can't tell you yet.

I'll be in touch.

Results are results, Nate,

and your class is way below par.

I have the computer statement right here.

And, uh -

It's kind of sad.

The campus computer, I gather?

- That damn thing doesn't have a mind.

- It's not meant to have a mind.

That's what makes it perfect

for this place, right?

Oh, the company that made that self-

developing film that I showed you a while ago?

They've, uh -They've made

this announcement.

They're -They're dumping computers.

They're installing human beings.

- Oh, really.

- Want to know why?

They want to bring back

human error...

because that's the way you get new ideas -

by making mistakes.

Back to man and his imagination.

If you can't spot a piece of bullshit

commercial publicity when you hear it...

you're even more naive

than I thought.

Keep your mind on your job.

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Paul Mayersberg

Paul Mayersberg was born on 18 June 1941 in Cambridge, England, UK. He is a writer and director and was the film critic for Movie magazine in the early 1960s and author of 1968 film book Hollywood, The Haunted House. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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