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K-PAX -- 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.
K-PAX -- 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.
K-PAX -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Gene Brewer (novel)
Charles Leavitt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 October 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Is he crazy?...or is he light years ahead of us? See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Emotionally Involving Drama See more (531 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Spacey ... Prot

Jeff Bridges ... Dr. Mark Powell

Mary McCormack ... Rachel Powell

Alfre Woodard ... Dr. Claudia Villars

David Patrick Kelly ... Howie

Saul Williams ... Ernie

Peter Gerety ... Sal

Celia Weston ... Doris Archer

Ajay Naidu ... Dr. Chakraborty

Tracy Vilar ... Maria
Melanee Murray ... Bess
John Toles-Bey ... Russell

Kimberly Scott ... Joyce Trexler

Conchata Ferrell ... Betty McAllister

Vincent Laresca ... Navarro

Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Simms

Brian Howe ... Steve

Mary Mara ... Abby
Tess McCarthy ... Natalie Powell - Age 6
Natasha Dorfhuber ... Gabby Powell - Age 9
Brandon de Paul ... Josh - Age 10 (as Brandon Michael Depaul)

Aaron Paul ... Michael Powell - Age 21

William Lucking ... Sheriff
Kelly Connell ... Walter Fleen

Peter Maloney ... Duncan Flynn

Lance E. Nichols ... David Patel (as Lance Nichols)

Paul Linke ... Stuart Hessler
Christopher Jason Brown ... Danny Trexler

Greg Lewis ... Dominic McAllister

Clarke Peters ... Homeless Veteran

Olga Merediz ... Transit Officer

Joe Holt ... Transit Officer

Lola Pashalinski ... Russian Woman

Kateri Walker ... Sara Porter
Katya Abelski ... Rebecca Porter

Scott Lincoln ... Walker
Clebert Ford ... Homeless Man

Norman Alden ... Babbling Man

Rawle D. Lewis ... Security Guard

Erik LaRay Harvey ... Security Guard

Zofia Borucka ... Woman on Train
Tony Rhune ... Thug

Vince Cupone ... Thug (as Vincent Capone)
B'Jahn ... Ward Patient
Anne Carroll ... Ward Patient
Lisa Cohen ... Ward Patient
Clete Francis ... Ward Patient
Leo Frank ... Ward Patient
Valerie Giocondo ... Ward Patient

William Godbolt ... Ward Patient
Ralph Hadida ... Ward Patient
Pat Jankiewicz ... Ward Patient

Joseph Steven ... Ward Patient (as Josef Klus)
Coco Leigh ... Ward Patient
Lydia Murray ... Ward Patient
Rafael Real ... Ward Patient

Julie Sands ... Ward Patient
Gene Smith ... Ward Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Curt Clendenin ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Frank Collison ... Screaming Man (uncredited)

Ted Hollis ... Ward Doctor (uncredited)

Moet Meira ... Jennifer (uncredited)
Paulo Pascoal ... Thief (uncredited)

Randy Springer ... Lab Tech (uncredited)

Elizabeth Woodward ... Woman #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Iain Softley 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gene Brewer (novel)

Charles Leavitt (screenplay)

Produced by
Gene Brewer .... associate producer
Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Lloyd Levin .... producer
Michael Levy .... co-producer
Susan G. Pollock .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Shearmur  (as Edward Shearmur)
 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
John Beard 
 
Art Direction by
Alec Hammond  (as Alexander Hammond)
 
Set Decoration by
Cheryl Carasik 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Mingenbach 
 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Allen .... makeup artist
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist: Alfre Woodard (as Carrie A. Angland)
Enid Arias .... hair stylist
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup supervisor
Susan A. Cabral .... special makeup effects artist (as Susan Cabral-Ebert)
Chriss Curry .... hair stylist
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist: Ms. Woodard
Joyce Etheridge .... makeup artist (as Joyce B. Etheridge)
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist: Mr. Bridges
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist: Mr. Bridges (as Edouard F. Henriques III)
Lori Hicks .... key makeup artist: New York
Tania McComas .... makeup artist: Mr. Spacey
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist: Kevin Spacey
Rod Ortega .... key hair stylist
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist: New York (as John D. Quaglia)
Martin Samuel .... hair department head
Pamela Santori .... key makeup artist
John Brato .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Rita Troy .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Brandon Waggoner .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert F. Colesberry .... unit production manager
Carl S. Griffin .... production supervisor (as Carl Griffin)
Amy Herman .... unit production manager: New York
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor
Michael Stricks .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susan M. Elmore .... dga trainee
Michelle L. Keiser .... second assistant director: New York
Peter Kohn .... first assistant director
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director: New York
Scott Robertson .... second assistant director
Dominick Scarola .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Renee Lee Alito .... construction accountant
Richard Bloom .... art department coordinator (as Richard L. Bloom)
Drew Boughton .... assistant art director
Rick Broderman .... paint gang boss
Alex Carrillo .... propmaker foreman (as Alex Huero Carrillo)
Javier Carrillo .... general foreman
Ellen Christiansen .... set decorator: New York
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator
Peter K. Dunbar .... leadman: New York (as Peter Dunbar)
David T. Durboraw .... assistant property master
David Falconer .... plaster foreman (as David L. Falconer)
Ralph Fierro .... propmaker gang boss (as Ralph J. Fierro)
Robert M. Hagman .... propmaker foreman
Sandy Hamilton .... property master: New York
John K. Hill .... labor foreman
Tom Ivanjack .... stand-by painter
Mark Kelly .... art department production assistant
Suttirat Anne Larlarb .... art director: New York (as Suttirat Larlarb)
Douglas T. Madison .... property master
April Martens .... greens supervisor (as April K. Martens)
Randy Martens .... key greens foreman
Marilyn Morgan .... on-set dresser
Mark Poll .... set designer
Craig Raiche .... assistant property master (as Craig A. Raiche)
Steven Rigamat .... location foreman
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer
Mary Saisselin .... senior set designer
Ernest M. Sanchez .... lead man
Paul Stanwyck .... lead painter (as Paul J. Stanwyck)
Kris Stone .... set designer: New York
Brett Tyler .... paint gang boss
Christopher Casey .... set dresser (uncredited)
Amber Haley .... set decoration buyer: reshoots (uncredited)
Wayne T. Leonard .... on-set dresser: New York (uncredited)
Canyon Martens .... greensman (uncredited)
Cesar Orozco .... propmaker (uncredited)
Alisha Rothman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Gary Stel .... laborer (uncredited)
Wendy Weaver .... buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... sound effects editor (as Christopher Aud)
Frank Bradley .... cable person
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant sound editor (as Jeff Cranford)
Jeff Enden .... boom operator
Jeff Erdmann .... boom operator
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Diana Flores .... adr mixer
Patrick J. Foley .... dialogue editor
Sandy Garcia .... foley recordist
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley supervisor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael E. Lawshe .... supervising adr editor (as Michael E. Lawshé)
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (as Linda Leu)
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montaño)
Stephen Neary .... sound recordist
Michael Primmer .... boom operator: New York
John F. Reynolds .... dialogue editor (as John Reynolds)
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist (as Phillip Rogers)
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Gil Poznanski .... sound support (uncredited)
Richard Street .... preview re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joel P. Blanchard .... special effects technician
Jeff Frink .... special effects foreman
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects coordinator (as Paul Lombardi)
Dick Wood .... special effects foreman (as Richard Wood)
G. Peter King .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Andy Barrios .... lead digital compositor: CFX (as Andy Rafael Barrios)
Jennifer Bourne .... roto/paint artist: CFX
John Bozzalla .... visual effects production assistant: CFX (as John Bozzalla Jr.)
Elika Burns .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Michelle Butler .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Scott Cegielski .... effects animation artist: CFX
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects coordinator: CFX
Stéphane Couture .... CG animation artist: CFX (as Stephane Couture)
Robert Cribbett .... roto/paint supervisor: CFX
Aaron Dem .... head of production: CFX
Michelle Deniaud .... CG texture artist: CFX
Conny Fauser .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Franco .... visual effects executive producer: CFX
Adam Frazier .... data I/O: CFX
Scott Gastellu .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Juan Gonzalez .... data I/O: CFX
Greg Hanigan .... digital imaging supervisor: CFX
Petra Holtorf .... visual effects producer
Dartayous Hunter .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Travis Kelly .... scanner/recorder: CFX
Scott Kilburn .... CG lighting artist: CFX
Tom Lamb .... roto/paint artist: CFX
John P. McMullen .... systems administrator: CFX
Steve Miller .... assistant visual effects editor: CFX
Sheila Molnar .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Eusebio Perez .... video technician: CFX
Cristin Pescosolido .... digital compositor: CFX
Liz Radley .... computer graphics supervisor
Daniel Robichaud .... CGI supervisor
Kosta Saric .... avid editor: CFX
Candice Scott .... digital compositor: CFX
Nelson Sepulveda .... digital compositor: CFX
Sharmishtha Sohoni .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Brian Wolf .... roto/paint artist: CFX
Christopher Wolf .... systems administrator: CFX
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Godwin .... visual effects intern (uncredited)
Steve Griffith .... visual effects intern: CFX (uncredited)
Kurt Hall .... video & computer graphics technician (uncredited)
Nathan Lafionatis .... computer consultant (uncredited)
Alex Neymark .... director production systems (uncredited)
Steven Seed .... senior systems engineer: Centropolis FX (uncredited)
Joshua Spencer .... visual effects production intern (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joey Box .... stunt coordinator
Richard Burden .... stunts
Loyd Catlett .... stunt double: Mr. Bridges
Phil Culotta .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Keii Johnston .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Harry O'Connor .... stunts
Jim Palmer .... stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Vince Cupone .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Vince Cupone .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Alatorre .... rigging grip
Norman Ash .... electrician
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator
Paul Birk .... electrician (as Paul R. Birk)
Christos Bitsakos .... second assistant camera (as Christos C. Bitsakos)
Mark 'Boylee' Boyle .... camera loader (as Mark D. Boyle)
Katarino Bueno Jr. .... dolly grip
Jeff Case .... key grip
Chris Conahan .... grip
James B. Crawford .... chief lighting technician (as James Crawford)
David Deever .... video engineer (as Dave Deever)
Gary Dunham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator: "b" camera
Camille Freer .... additional second assistant camera
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip
Jon Greene .... grip
Joseph Grimaldi .... best boy electric: New York (as Joe Grimaldi)
Kris Guthrie .... rigging grip
Anthony D. Guzman .... rigging electrician
Allan Scott Jackson .... rigging best boy grip
Bruce Jordan .... best boy grip: New York
Jimmy Keys .... rigging gaffer
Scott Kidner .... assistant chief lighting technician
James E. Krattiger .... electrician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip: New York (as Mitch Lillian)
Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Jim McComas .... electrician (as James K. McComas)
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator: New York
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician: New York
Bill Pollock .... best boy grip
Boris Price .... camera loader
Liz Radley .... video supervisor
Michael G. Riba .... first assistant camera (as Michael Riba)
Bret Rubin .... rigging key grip (as Bret A. Rubin)
Mark R. Rubin .... rigging grip
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Sweeney .... rigging best boy electric (as Mike J. Sweeney)
William J. Taylor .... grip (as Bill Taylor)
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Justin Van Fleet .... rigging grip
Marta Weiss .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Marta E. Weiss)
Spencer Wilcox .... rigging grip
James Boniece .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Andrew Cheung .... grip (uncredited)
Matt Chubet .... dolly grip: "b" camera, New York (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Cook .... lighting balloon technician (uncredited)
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric (uncredited)
Christian J. Killingsworth .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Christian J. Killingsworth .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician (uncredited)
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert McKenna .... electric: second unit (uncredited)
Derek Paulin .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Rosen .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Scarfi .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Lee Vickery .... camera loader: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Terri Taylor .... casting associate
Pamela Lynn Thomas .... casting assistant (as Pamela Thomas)
Kendra Carter .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... costume supervisor: New York
Patricia Bercsi .... set costumer (as Tricia Bercsi)
Kristin Dangl .... costumer (as Kristin M. Dangl)
Amanda Gore .... set costumer
Kathleen Gore-Misko .... set costumer (as Kathleen L. Misko)
Barbara Hause .... costume supervisor: New York (as Barbara J. Hause)
Diana Wilson .... key costumer
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor
Emily Wyss .... set costumer
Anton Schneider .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Ruth Coulson .... apprentice editor
Valentina Giambanco .... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Joe Landauer .... assistant editor
Shannyn Riba .... apprentice editor
Anne Sawyer .... assistant editor: avid
Deirdre Slevin .... associate editor
Arturo Sosa .... assistant film editor
Evan Vieser .... post-production assistant
Elizabeth Dean .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
James Nichols Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Carrie Puchkoff .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
James Burt .... assistant music editor (as Jim Burt)
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Daryl B. Kell .... music editor
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of film music: Universal Studios
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist (uncredited)
Bryan Carrigan .... music programmer (uncredited)
Michael Connell .... music editor (uncredited)
Peter Doell .... score recordist (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Joel Iwataki .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Melissa R. Kaplan .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Jeff McIlwain .... musician (uncredited)
Jeff Toyne .... additional music programmer (uncredited)
Pat Weber .... scoring technician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Adrian Cannon .... driver: Mr. Bridges
Robert Hunter Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain: New York
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation captain
Darrell Dubovsky .... driver (uncredited)
Don Haggerty .... driver (uncredited)
Brita McCollough .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Miliotti .... transportation (uncredited)
Thomas O'Donnell .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Alana Stelling .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Laurence J. Alvarez .... assistant: Mr. Gordon (as Larry Alvarez)
Heather Anderson .... set production assistant
Sebastian Attie .... production secretary
Steven F. Beaupre .... key set production assistant
Rick Bernstein .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Sophie Biddle .... massage therapist
Dana Brunetti .... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Liz Bucklar .... assistant: Mr. Colesberry
Loyd Catlett .... stand-in: Mr. Bridges
Matt Cohen .... 24 frame video playback engineer
Steven Docherty .... accounting clerk
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Kim Dunbar .... assistant: Ms. Woodard
Sean Ervin .... assistant: Kevin Spacey
Katie Fitch .... assistant: Iain Softley
David Fulton .... unit publicist (as Dave Fulton)
Chris Furia .... production accountant
Jennifer Gillespie .... assistant production coordinator
Karen Golden .... script supervisor (as Karen Rose Golden)
Veloz Gomez .... production assistant (reshoots)
Alessia Gottlieb .... technical advisor (as Dr. Alessia Gottlieb)
Eric Hedayat .... location manager
Kia Hellman .... assistant: Robert F. Colesberry
Linda Hoppe .... assistant: Ms. McCormack
Nicola Hulme .... assistant: Mr. Bridges
Cheri Jacobs .... second assistant accountant
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Sarah Klingler .... production assistant
Diana E. Latham .... production coordinator: New York
Toby MacDonald .... assistant: Mr. Softley
Meg McCarthy .... assistant: Mr. Levin
Ann Murphy .... location coordinator (as Ann M. Murphy)
Shaun O'Banion .... set production assistant
John Oldham .... technical advisor (as Dr. John Oldham)
Stephen Price .... location manager (as Stephen C. Price)
Jeffrey Raines .... office production assistant
Tom Rentmeester .... assistant: Mr. Levy
Devon Sedlacek .... set production assistant
Tracey Smith .... first assistant accountant (as Tracy Smith)
Todd Spears .... payroll accountant (as Todd C. Spears)
Ronald P. Tavalaro .... dailies projectionist
Bryan Thomas .... location manager: New York
Michael Tibbs .... office production assistant
Diane Ward .... production coordinator
Maria Zapaterio-Osorio .... doctor in astrophysics
Will Beekman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Amy Carter .... first assistant production accountant: New York (uncredited)
Maryann C. Contrubis .... second assistant auditor (uncredited)
Matt DiFranco .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Michel Geldzweig .... set production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Melinda A. Grieger .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joe Guest .... location scout (uncredited)
Raul Guterres .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Jalyn Henton .... production secretary: re-shoots (uncredited)
Ryan Hintz .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
John Humber .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Hutchison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Gregg Kawecki .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathleen Pirelli .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Errol Reichow .... location scout (uncredited)
Margit Ritz .... production secretary (uncredited)
Chad Saxton .... set production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Yori Tondrowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Evan Vieser .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Rated PG-13 for a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality
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120 min
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During an episode of "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show" (2009), Bill Hader revealed that he had worked on K-PAX (2001) as a production assistant for one day, but was fired after accidentally letting two costumed actors from Planet of the Apes (2001) wander through a shot during filming.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: At 1:29 in the movie, when Dr. Powell drives from the airport to Guelph, which is supposed to be in New Mexico, it shows him viewing the Park City arches at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.See more »
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Prot:[after Mark gives him his pen] A much more efficient writing tool.See more »
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143 out of 163 people found the following review useful.
Emotionally Involving Drama, 31 October 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Life is comprised of infinite possibilities; some known, others a mystery and destined to remain so. And what of the vast unknown, the realms beyond which knowledge has no established boundaries or parameters? Who is to say what exists or what is possible? Valid questions, all of which are raised and explored in the story of a particular individual's personal journey, a strange and dramatic odyssey that defies facts and logic, in `K-PAX,' directed by Iain Softley, and starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. In the wake of an incident in New York's Central Station, a man named Prot (Spacey) is transported to a psychiatric hospital in Manhattan, where he is delivered into the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Bridges), who attempts to uncover the truth about his patient, who claims to be from the distant planet K-PAX. It quickly becomes a challenge for Dr. Powell, as Prot, with his calm, direct, forthcoming manner and a propensity for produce (he eats bananas peels and all, and Red Delicious Apples are his favorites) is quite convincing. But it's Powell's job, as well as his nature, to be skeptical. Prot's claims, however, remain intact and stand up even under the most intense probing and the watchful eye of Dr. Powell, who finds himself in something of a quandary-- Prot even tells him the exact date and time that he will depart for K-PAX, a scheduled return trip that allows Powell but a short time to sort it all out. And Powell just can't seem to get his mind around the idea that he is dealing with a real alien being; and it's something he is going to have to resolve quickly, if he is ever going to know the truth. And he has to know. The truth, after all, is the only thing that is going to set him free in his own mind.

Softley has created and delivered a sensitive, thought-provoking film that challenges the viewer by sustaining the mystery surrounding Prot while forcing you to reflect upon your own concepts of what is, in fact, possible. And as you never know for sure about Prot until the denouement, you are able to identify with Powell, seeing the situation from his point of view and trying to solve the riddle right along with him. Softley creates an atmosphere of wonder and a real sense of being confronted with something that is truly unique as the story unfolds and you begin to realize that Prot just may be what he says he is. And in the context of the reality to which the film is disposed, it's an engrossing matter to try to wrap your mind around. How do you react when all of the evidence is contrary to the physical limitations we've set for ourselves? While at the heart of the film there is a resounding depth of humanity that is evident, not only in Prot, but in Dr. Powell, as well. All of which makes for an extremely engaging and gripping drama.

As we've come to expect, Kevin Spacey gives a brilliant performance as Prot, presenting his character from the inside out, emotionally deep and physically convincing at the same time. This is a unique individual, and Spacey brings him to life with care and the ability to share those moments that are particularly revealing, which adds to the believability of the character and the credibility of the story itself. For this film to work, it is essential that we believe who and what Prot is; we do, and it does. Spacey simply pulls it off magnificently. It's a memorable performance, from which evolves a character that will stay with you for a long, long time.

Jeff Bridges, meanwhile, emerges on equal footing with Spacey, adeptly making a very real person of Dr. Powell. It's a fairly straightforward role, and the challenge for Bridges was to take this very normal and ordinary character and make him unique in his own right, which, opposite the character of Prot was no small task. And, again, for this film to work it was necessary for Bridges to rise to the occasion. And, with exceptional skill and being the consummate professional that he is, he succeeds without question. Bridges infuses Powell with an underlying complexity, and is so giving in his performance, that it makes the interaction between Powell and Prot vibrant, and at times intense. It's a demonstration of two of the finest actors in the business doing what they do best, creating a dynamic that is alive and inspiring. It's a great job by Bridges, who never attempts to steal the spotlight from Prot, which serves to raise the level of the film to an even higher notch.

The supporting cast includes Mary McCormack (Rachel), Alfre Woodard (Dr. Villers), Ajay Naidu (Dr. Naidiu), Vincent Laresca (Navarro), Kimberly Scott (Joyce), Conchata Ferrell (Betty) and Saul Williams (Ernie). An entertaining, emotionally involving film, `K-PAX' is a dissertation on possibilities, as well as an examination of the ever evolving complexities of the human condition. It's a film that demands an open mind and rewards those who are able to approach it on it's own terms and embrace it. In the end, it makes you realize just how real K-PAX is; and it makes you appreciate Prot's journey, and just how much we all share and have in common with those around us, human or alien. And it may just make you reflect upon your own journey-- where you've been and where you're going. And that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.

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