PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

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PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

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Change the way you look at the world. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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26 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

K-PAX - L'homme qui vient de loin  »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,215,275 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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$50,173,190 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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Prot's signature sunglasses are actually a favorite pair owned and worn by U2's frontman, Bono. Kevin Spacey asked to borrow them for the film, which Bono agreed to under the condition that they were well cared for and were returned immediately upon completion of the film. See more »

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When Dr. Chakraborty is talking about Prot's vision, he describes him being able to see ultraviolet at 300-400 ångström. Generally in the context of vision, ultraviolet wavelength is ~280-400 nanometers or only 2800-4000 ångström. See more »

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Prot: [eating a banana] Your produce alone has been worth the trip.
Dr. Mark Powell: Could you tell me a bit about your boyhood on K-PAX? Where were you born? You were, uh, born, right? K-Paxians have babies?
Prot: Oh, yes. Much like on Earth, but unlike you humans, the reproductive process is, uh, quite unpleasant for us.
Dr. Mark Powell: Could you compare the effect to something that I might understand. Like a toothache...?
Prot: It's more like having your nuts in a vise, except we feel it all over. And to make matters worse, the sensation is ...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits we see stars and then we see Dr. Mark Powell through the lens of his telescope as he is looking for the star of K-PAX. He walks in his yard and the movie ends. See more »


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Safe and Sound
Written by Sheryl Crow
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
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Inspired storytelling
12 May 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

K-Pax is a very intriguing film. Is Prot (Kevin Spacey) really an alien, or is he a mentally deranged human who just thinks he is an alien? That is the question that Dr. Powell (Jeff Bridges) must answer before the self proclaimed deadline that Prot sets for his departure from Earth.

As the film unfolds and more evidence is uncovered, both theories grow in credibility. His ability to map from memory the area of the galaxy where his home planet is located indicates a knowledge that no human could possibly possess. Yet the hypnosis sessions lead us to a real person with a very real and traumatic life, filled with devastating events that could have caused such a personality aberration. The ending seems to give the answer, but is just ambiguous enough to make you wonder if you really know. Normally, I don't like lady or tiger endings, but this one is tantalizing. I have my own theory that fits all the clues, but I don't know that my theory is any more correct than anyone else's.

Director Iain Softley (`Wings of the Dove') spins the tale delicately, with great skill. This is a rare example of the director staying in the shadows and inducing outstanding acting performances out of talented actors to let the story dominate. This is not to say that the directing is technically inferior, because it is excellent. However, Softley remains unobtrusive, delivering great power through the use of subtlety, a pleasant change from today's vanguard directors who visually grab and shake the viewer as if to scream, `Look how brilliant I am!'

Kevin Spacey once again delivers a marvelous performance as Prot. This is a part that is extraordinarily demanding, requiring Spacey to render the cool and logical Prot one minute, and then switch gears to conjure his tormented alter ego under hypnosis the next. Spacey is so believable as both alien and human, it makes the viewer's task that much more difficult. Jeff Bridges is also terrific as the relentless psychologist who becomes obsessed with learning the truth about Prot.

This is inspired storytelling for the thoughtful viewer. I rated it a 9/10. If you must have closure at the end of a film, this movie will be very frustrating. However, if you like a fascinating mystery that keeps you thinking long after the credits, you won't be disappointed.


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