R | | Drama, Sci-Fi
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Filming took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque was named for the tenth Duke of Albuquerque, who was viceroy of New Spain in the early 18th century. "Alburquerque" means "White Oak" in Spanish. Shortly after finishing filming in 1975 David Bowie recorded his album Station To Station. In that album's title track Bowie introduces his most sinister and mysterious "character" The Thin White Duke.
Are you married?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Yes.
Mary-Lou: I thought so. What's she like, your wife? Is she like me?
Thomas Jerome Newton: No.
Mary-Lou: I didn't think so. Well, I guess I'll do for now, won't I?
At the end of the film, it is implied that 20 to 30 years have passed, yet the fashion, technology, and general appearance of the world is still clearly in the mid 1970s.
The US theatrical release of the film was drastically altered. Not only were 20 minutes cut (including the gun sequence) but some scenes were rearranged and a few scenes had different camera angles.
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