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K-PAX (2001)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prot
... Dr. Mark Powell
... Rachel Powell
... Dr. Claudia Villars
... Howie
... Ernie
... Sal
... Doris Archer
... Dr. Chakraborty
... Maria
Melanee Murray ... Bess
... Russell
... Joyce Trexler
... Betty McAllister
... Navarro
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,215,275, 28 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,338,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,001,485
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Dr. Powell makes an important discovery based on a closer examination of Prot's pencil stub. He gets an area code and the start of a name which leads his investigation in a new direction. However, the printing on the pencil would typically never be oriented to begin at the eraser end. If the text had instead ended at the eraser end as expected (and he got the last part of a phone number instead of the area code), Dr. Powell would not have been able to narrow down his search. See more »

Quotes

Howie: You never gave me my third task. What's my third task?
Prot: To stay here, and be prepared for anything.
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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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Safe and Sound
Written by Sheryl Crow
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
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KPAX & Eastern Mores
8 November 2005 | by 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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