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K-PAX (2001)

aka K-PAX

"Is he crazy?...or is he light years ahead of us?"

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Details: 120 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Cast:

Small Dr. Mark Powell
Small Prot
Small Rachel Powell
Small Dr. Claudia Villars
Small Dr. Chakaraborty
Small Navarro
No_movie_poster Joyce Trexler
Small Betty McAllister
Small Ernie
Small Sal
No_movie_poster Howie
No_movie_poster Bess
No_movie_poster Maria
Small Doris Archer
Small Steve Becker
No_movie_poster Natalie Powell
No_movie_poster Gabby Powell
No_movie_poster Russell
Small Michael Powell
Small Simms

Crew:

No_movie_poster Charles Leavitt Screenplay
No_movie_poster Craig McKay Editor
No_movie_poster Craig McKay Editing
No_movie_poster Ed Shearmur Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gene Brewer Novel
No_movie_poster Gene Brewer Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Iain Softley Director
No_movie_poster John Mathieson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Lawrence Gordon Producer
No_movie_poster Lloyd Levin Producer
No_movie_poster Robert F. Colesberry Producer
No_movie_poster Susan G. Pollock Executive Producer

Taglines:

"Is he crazy?...or is he light years ahead of us?"

Plot:

After claiming he is an extraterrestrial from the planet 'K-PAX', 1,000 light years away in the Lyra constellation, prot (uncapitalized and rhyming with "goat", played by Kevin Spacey) is committed to the Psychiatric Institute of Manhattan. There, psychiatrist Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges) attempts to cure him of his apparent delusions. However, prot is unwavering in his ability to provide cogent answers to questions about himself, K-PAX and its civilization. Dr. Powell introduces him to a group of astrophysicists, to whom prot displays a level of knowledge that puzzles them.

Prot also exhibits considerable influence over the other patients at the Institute, each of whom believes unquestioningly that he is indeed from K-PAX. Prot, who claims to have journeyed to Earth by means of "light-travel", has explained that he can take one person with him when he instantaneously returns. Thereafter most of the patients at the institute ask to be taken to K-PAX.

Upon learning that many of his patients expect to leave Earth on July 27, Dr. Powell confronts prot, who explains that it is a predetermined date. However, Powell believes this to be a significant date in prot's life, a day on which he suffered a severe psychological trauma. Powell then decides to subject prot to regression hypnosis, which works well. Using information gained from these sessions, Powell figures out that prot may simply be an alter ego of Robert Porter, a man from New Mexico whose life has been devastated by the murder of his wife and child in 1996.

On July 27 as the hospital staff watch, the camera in prot's room cuts to static at the precise time prot said he would leave Earth. Powell finds prot lying on the floor in his room, catatonic. The other patients do not recognize Robert as he is being wheeled out of the room. In addition, one of them is missing: Bess, mute since her home was destroyed in a fire and one of the patients that asked to go to K-PAX with prot. She is never found. Powell continues to take care of the comatose Robert and tells him about how the patients he helped have gone on to live normal lives again, but neither Robert or prot is responsive to the stories.

The final scene's voiceover is prot explaining to Powell that the people of K-PAX have discovered that our universe will repeat its events again and again, so the mistakes we make will be repeated forever, and prot encourages Powell to make this time count as it is the only chance we have. With this in mind, Powell reconciles with his estranged son.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2001-10-26 : United States of America

DVD : 2002-03-26