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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)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

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Taglines:

Change the way you look at the world. 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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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

Throughout the movie sparkles of light can be seen in the background of almost all scenes, more accurately in Dr. Powell's office when he talks with Prot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Powell: How do you know right from wrong?
Prot: Every being in the universe knows right from wrong, Mark.
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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 »

Connections

References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Safe and Sound
Written by Sheryl Crow
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Perhaps the most underrated movie I have ever seen
5 November 2014 | by RizzyaySee all my reviews

It never ceases to amaze me how people's minds work.

First, you have a brilliant actor - Kevin Spacey - pulling off perhaps the best acting performance of his career as Prot. He claims to be an alien, gets locked in mental institute (understandably), and knows all sorts of things he shouldn't know about astrophysics.

So is he an alien or isn't he? The psychiatrist, played by Bridges, tries to find out, but the question is ultimately left for the viewer to decide. That is what I love about the movie: it doesn't preach. It doesn't demand us to believe in Prot. But at the same time, the movie does raise some questions. Do we really know how the universe works? What if - that is the question this movie wants to - and manages to - raise.

Then you have the ending, which isn't Hollywood-like, it only slightly touches the usual clichés about family and stuff, yet it is hart-warming and beautiful in its own silly way. I won't go deep into it so I won't spoil it for anyone, but please watch closely throughout the movie, and be prepared to use your brains a bit at the end.

The movie also plays a lot with audiovisual stuff. Beams of light are shown throughout the movie accompanied with beautiful piano music, perhaps because Prot allegedly arrived on our planet with a beam of light. This play with light makes the movie a subtly beautiful experience.

Altogether, this is an incredible work of art.

So you have all this - and what do the critics say? Most of them simply call it cr*p, and if they bother to explain why they think this way, they mumble something about this movie belonging neither to the scifi genre nor to the psychological drama genre (like the critic of the Guardian magazine). Well, get this to your heads: A GOOD STORY DOESN'T HAVE TO HAVE A CLEARLY DETERMINED GENRE.

I repeat, in case the professional critics didn't quite understand what I said.

A GOOD STORY DOESN'T HAVE TO HAVE A...

...Ahh, what's the use. The critics ain't gonna understand it, no matter how much I yell. Luckily, there are always people who are open to a good story. This review is dedicated to those people.


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