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December 4, 2019

Episode 444: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Special Guests: Candy Clark, Samuel J. Umland, Susan Compo
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Samm Deighan

We kick off Sci-Fi December with a look at Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Based on the book by , the film stars David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton, a strange man who appears in the office of a patent attorney (Buck Henry) with some big ideas that help him start on the road to untold wealth. Along the way he meets colorful characters such as hotel worker Mary Lou (Candy Clark) and lascivious college professor Bryce (Rip Torn).

Samm Deighan and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the film and its made-for-TV remake. The episode includes interviews with authors Sam Umland (The Man Who Fell to Earth) and Susan Compo (Earthbound: David Bowie and the Man Who Fell to Earth). This episode also includes the conclusion of our interview with actress Candy Clark.

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Bonus Interview with Graeme Clifford:

Bonus Interview with Richard Kletter:

Buy The Man Who Fell to Earth on Blu-Ray
Buy The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
Buy The Man Who Fell to Earth soundtrack

"Space Capsule" - John Phillips
"Subterraneans" - David Bowie
"Warszawa" - David Bowie
"Lazarus" - David Bowie
"Rocket Man" - William Shatner
"Bowie" - Flight of the Conchords



  1. This was a first time watch for me, and like most of you, my reaction was sort of mixed. I liked it, overall, but my attraction to it was not as immediate as some of the other Nicholas Roeg films, like Walkabout. However, the soundtrack was unquestionably riveting, and so was Bowie's performance.

    1. Thanks for checking out the movie. And, as always, thanks for listening!