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P.J. (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama , Thriller | 7 November 2008 (USA)
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A doctor tries to solve the mystery of a man with no name, multiple personalities and burns on his hands. Who is he and what happened to him?


Russ Emanuel
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
John Heard ... Dr. Alan Shearson
Howard Nash ... Charles
Vincent Pastore ... Burt
Patricia Rae ... Shelly
Robert Picardo ... Stan Jamison
Hallie Eisenberg ... Pauline (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Glynnis O'Connor ... Evelyn
Lavinia Dowdell Lavinia Dowdell ... Mariah
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Alex the Bookie
Tim Cinnante Tim Cinnante ... Tony
Joseph Stramandi Joseph Stramandi ... Lombardi
Dina Kriger ... Claire
Spencer Strumwasser Spencer Strumwasser ... Young Charles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beth Adler Beth Adler ... Pauline's Mom
Sage Adorno Sage Adorno ... Shelly's Friend


A man who has witnessed a horrific accident retreats within himself. He barely talks, and doesn't even know who he is. He is brought to a hospital where the resident doctor tries to get through to him while the doctor is fighting his own life's demons and an out-of-touch supervisor who wants the man permanently committed. Written by Anonymous

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A mind is a terrible thing to misplace.


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

P.J.: A Journey of the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Elefant Films,P.J. Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Sage Adorno plays Shelly's (Patricia Rae) friend in the café scene, sitting right next to her - she is in reality Patrica Rae's daughter. See more »


Dr. Alan Shearson: So can you tell me maybe why you separated, why he left?
Shelly: Why he left?
Shelly: Hmm, I don't know, love?
Shelly: I loved to see him in the beginning and I loved to see him go at the end.
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A good story that keeps getting better
13 November 2008 | by joseph-131See all my reviews

PJ, based on the award-winning play, is about a man (known only as PJ), brought to a hospital with severe amnesia and apparent insanity. Armed with only the man's initials and a phone number held by someone who refuses to stay on the line, Dr. Shearson, the hospital's leading psychiatric specialist, sets out on a personal journey to find out who PJ is, and bring him back to reality.

The effect PJ has on Dr. Shearson and all the other people around him is poignant and far from the expected. As the film progresses, you are lured into the darkest, yet understandable reaches of each character, and you walk away wiping your eyes. Although I haven't seen Howard Nash in a film before, he is surely a rare, emerging talent, whose career is well-worth following.

For an independent film, I found that seeing so many known and talented performers such as John Heard, Robert Picardo, Patricia Rae, Vincent Pastore, Glynnis O'Connor and Hallie Kate Eisenberg very captivating, refreshing and entertaining.

PJ's original violin and orchestral music, composed by Neil Argo, is inspiring and spiritual - it evokes feelings of grace and redemption while intensifying the emotional bonds with PJ's characters.

This film is for anyone that believes there's good in the universe.

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