Vintage Video: The Trailer For David Bowie's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976)

It was on this day 40 years ago today, on March 18, 1976, that the film The Man Who Fell to Earth was released by British Lion Film.

Directed by Nicholas Roeg and written by Paul Mayersberg, the film was based on Walter Travis' 1963 novel about a alien who crash lands on earth trying to find water he can take back to his planet that suffering a severe drought.

The big draw for the film, though, was the major acting debut of David Bowie. The singer had acted before in both theater and short films but had never ventured into a major project. While the film was not a major draw in its original release, it has grown to become a cult favorite with critics looking favorably (it's current Rotten Tomatoes score is 83% positive).

The Man Who Fell to Earth also starred Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey with cameo appearances by Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell and author Terry Sullivan.

This is the original trailer for the film:

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