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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Is he crazy?...or is he light years ahead of us? See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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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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Kevin Spacey did actually eat a banana with its peels. See more »

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The story takes place in New York, however, visible through the office window in one scene is the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. See more »

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Prot: [after Mark gives him his pen] A much more efficient writing tool.
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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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Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Drives a Car! (2016) See more »

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Written by Sheryl Crow
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
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KPAX & Eastern Mores
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In KPAX Softley brushes on the subtleties of Eastern Religious Mores from the small archetypes embedded all over the film to the actual purpose of Prot. Spacey (Prot) assumes a predominantly didactic role throughout the entire film - it is as if the statements he makes embody general truths about a culture of peace which is strongly promulgated in Buddhism and Hinduism. It can be said that Prot is the eye of the storm - the world is in disarray and is 'bright' and the false veil of reality is what everyone else sees, but Prot sees truth - he sees the minute - and appreciates it and at some points fears it as he transcends his social construction of reality and becomes more humanly.

The film is particularly detailed, therefore I would recommend that you watch it at least twice to see how Softley interjects nuances. Listen carefully to the narratives at the beginning and end as they truly touch on concepts not commonly presented in western philosophies.

9 of out 10 rating - Superb - with nominal room for improvement.


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