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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, is based on the 1963 novel of the same name, by Walter Tevis. The film has gained a cult following for its use of surreal imagery and its performance by Bowie, who stars as a humanoid alien who visits Earth to find water for his dying planet. He starts a high-tech company to earn the money he needs to build a return spacecraft, but he isn’t prepared for the ruthlessness and greed that defines business on Earth. The movie, which also stars Rip Torn, Buck Henry, and Candy Clark, was filmed mostly in New Mexico, with scenes shot in Albuquerque, White Sands, and Artesia.
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