The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by NicolasRoeg and written by Paul Mayersberg. Based on WalterTevis's 1963 novel of the same name, the film follows anextraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought, but finds himself at the mercy of human vices and corruption. It stars David Bowie, Candy Clark, BuckHenry, and Rip Torn. It was produced by Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings. The same novel was later adapted as a television film in 1987.
The Man Who Fell to Earth retains a cult following for its use of surreal imagery and Bowie's first starring film role as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton. It is considered an important work of science fiction cinema and one of the best filmsof Roeg's career.
Since its original 1976 release, The Man Who Fell to Earth has achieved cult status.