I can't put a name on a movie from the 80s or 90s.

The alien is a nice-looking guy who has to reinvent most of the technology he needs to rebuild his spaceship.

There's a scene when he feels dizzy inside an elevator, like a spaceman apparently.

Well, I can't remember much of it, but there's also a love story in the movie.


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I think you're looking for The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The lead character (Thomas Jerome Newton, played by David Bowie) is feeling dizzy in the elevator because he wasn't used to the higher gravity on Earth (relative to his home world), which effects got worse when going up in a fast elevator.

Summary from IMDB:

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however.


It actually is The man who fell to Earth, but not the David Bowie version from 1976. The one I saw was from 1987, a TV remake with Lewis Smith (IMDB).

Thanks a lot for your help. I'll watch both now, for memories and movie comparison. Wikipedia tells more about the differences between the movies and the novel, written by Walter Tevis in 1963.

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    If you found the correct answer please remember to accept it.
    – Xantec
    Mar 28, 2013 at 16:18

Is it "The man who fell to earth" featuring David Bowie?

  • No, David Bowie was not playing in it. The guy was alone in his ship, all the story took place on earth. Dec 15, 2012 at 9:19
  • Ok, I'll see what I can think of.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Dec 15, 2012 at 9:26
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    The "orange means go fast" is from Starman, with Jeff Bridges, not The Man Who Fell To Earth. Dec 15, 2012 at 10:23

Sounds like it might be Starman. 1984 film directed by John Carpenter, starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.

  • This was my first guess too, but I don't remember the part about the elevator...
    – BillyNair
    Dec 16, 2012 at 2:16

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