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K-PAX (2001)

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Coming Out at 26 October 2001 in theaters

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

K-PAX is science fiction-mystery film based on Gene Brewer’s 1995 novel of the same name, directed by Iain Softley, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, and Alfre Woodard. The film is about a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. During his treatment, the patient demonstrates an outlook on life that ultimately proves inspirational for his fellow patients and especially for his psychiatrist.

After claiming he is an extraterrestrial from the planet ‘K-PAX’, 1,000 light years away in the Lyra constellation, prot (not capitalized and pronounced with a long O, rhyming with boat) is committed to the Psychiatric Institute of Manhattan. There, psychiatrist Dr. Mark Powell 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 civilizations. His medical examination only reinforces his story, as prot can see ultraviolet light and he is completely resistant to the effects of Thorazine. Powell introduces him to a group of astrophysicists who are befuddled when prot displays a level of knowledge about his claimed star system that was unknown to them.

Prot also wins 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”, explains that he can take one person with him when he returns. Thereafter, most of the patients at the Institute ask prot to take them with him.

Director: Iain Softley

Writers: Gene Brewer (novel), Charles Leavitt

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard, David Patrick Kelly, Saul Williams, Peter Gerety

Cast:

Kevin SpaceyProt
Jeff BridgesDr. Mark Powell
Mary McCormackRachel Powell
Alfre WoodardDr. Claudia Villars
David Patrick KellyHowie
Saul WilliamsErnie
Peter GeretySal
Celia WestonDoris Archer
Ajay NaiduDr. Chakraborty
Tracy VilarMaria
Melanee MurrayBess
John Toles-BeyRussell
Kimberly ScottJoyce Trexler
Conchata FerrellBetty McAllister
Vincent LarescaNavarro
Mark Christopher LawrenceSimms
Brian HoweSteve
Mary MaraAbby
Tess McCarthyNatalie Powell – Age 6
Natasha DorfhuberGabby Powell – Age 9
Brandon de PaulJosh – Age 10
Aaron PaulMichael Powell – Age 21
William LuckingSheriff
Kelly ConnellWalter Fleen
Peter MaloneyDuncan Flynn
Lance E. NicholsDavid Patel
Paul LinkeStuart Hessler
Christopher Jason BrownDanny Trexler
Greg LewisDominic McAllister
Clarke PetersHomeless Veteran
Olga MeredizTransit Officer
Joe HoltTransit Officer
Lola PashalinskiRussian Woman
Kateri WalkerSara Porter
Katya AbelskiRebecca Porter
Scott LincolnWalker
Clebert FordHomeless Man
Norman AldenBabbling Man
Rawle D. LewisSecurity Guard
Erik LaRay HarveySecurity Guard
Zofia BoruckaWoman on Train
Tony RhuneThug
Vince CuponeThug
B’JahnWard Patient
Anne CarrollWard Patient
Lisa CohenWard Patient
Clete FrancisWard Patient
Leo FrankWard Patient
Valerie GiocondoWard Patient
William GodboltWard Patient
Ralph HadidaWard Patient
Pat JankiewiczWard Patient
Joseph StevenWard Patient
Coco LeighWard Patient
Lydia MurrayWard Patient
Rafael RealWard Patient
Julie SandsWard Patient
Gene SmithWard Patient
Curt ClendeninHospital Patient
Frank CollisonScreaming Man
Ted HollisWard Doctor
Moet MeiraJennifer
Paulo PascoalThief
Randy SpringerLab Tech
Elizabeth WoodwardWoman #1

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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