"...'Thomas Jerome Newton' (Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet seeking a way to bring water back to his home planet 'Anthea', which is experiencing a terrible drought.
"Newton uses the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, and rises to incredible wealth as the head of technology-based conglomerate 'World Enterprises Corporation', assisted by patent attorney 'Oliver V. Farnsworth' (Buck Henry). Secretly, this wealth is needed to construct his own space vehicle program in order to ship water back to his planet.
"While in New Mexico, Newton meets 'Mary-Lou' (Candy Clark), a lonely, unloved, and simple girl working as maid, bell-person, and elevator operator in a small hotel.
"Soon, a love affair begins between the two, and Mary-Lou introduces Newton to many customs of Earth culture, including church-going, fashion, alcohol, and humanoid sex. However, his appetite for alcohol and television become crippling, slowly souring his relationship.
Newton's secret identity as an alien is also discovered by fuel technician 'Dr. Nathan Bryce' (Rip Torn)..."
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