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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.

Director:

Iain Softley

Writers:

Gene Brewer (novel), Charles Leavitt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Melanee Murray ... Bess
John Toles-Bey ... Russell
Kimberly Scott ... Joyce Trexler
Conchata Ferrell ... Betty McAllister
Vincent Laresca ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

K-Pax See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

18:14 Kevin Spacey had to record the scene where Prot eats a whole banana (skin and all) 27 times. See more »

Goofs

In order to gain insight, Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges) talks to his brother-in-law (an Astronomer) about his new patient who believes he's from another planet. This goes against doctor/patient confidentiality, and is unethical. A good psychiatrist would not have talked about his patient to anyone who wasn't either a family member, or someone who was directly involved in treating that patient. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Powell: Uh, how is it that being a visitor from space, that you, uh, you look so much like me or, or anyone else from Earth?
Prot: Why is a soap bubble round?
Dr. Mark Powell: "Why is a soap bubble round?"
Prot: You know, for an educated person, Mark, you repeat things quite a bit. Are you aware of that? A soap bubble is round because it is the most energy-efficient configuration. Similarly, on your planet I look like you. On K-PAX I look like a K-PAXian.
Dr. Mark Powell: Prot, why did you want to come to our planet?
Prot: Well, I've been here many ...
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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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Featured in Spotlight on Location: The Making of 'K-PAX' (2002) 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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18 December 2004 | by dav7nineSee all my reviews

This film IS brilliant...... without a doubt. Watched it a while ago after constant pestering from family members who are right into their sci-fi films (which I am not), and thought it was quite good. But after recently watching a few documentaries on outer-space etc we watched it again... and it IS good.

Kevin Spacey is without doubt one of the greatest actors ever and I really like Jeff Bridges (Big Lewbowski, Blown Away, Arlington Road). The film revolves around a patient in a nursing home who claims he is from another planet. Yeah right, you think... but what if his story is so believable that even his psychiatrist begins to wonder if he is telling the truth.

That is how the story evolves with Bridges going through all kinds of emotions dealing with Prot (as he is known), his own psychiatric colleagues, his wife and family, his brother-in-law and his cosmologist astronomer work colleagues (who after getting some data from Prot, pretty much admit that he might be telling the truth!) A great film... that get's you wondering.....

8/10 Dave


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